If you are in your 50s or above and have tried meeting people at work, church, and other social events but just aren’t having luck, take heart. It’s really hard to meet people in your age category. After all, you don’t typically have a huge gathering place, like college or young singles activities. And many still have busy lives, spending time working or with family obligations.
One way to meet people that has grown exponentially over the years, for the young and more experienced alike, is online dating. There are so many online dating sites, and they are easier to use than ever, so give it a whirl and who knows? Maybe you’ll meet someone amazing you wouldn’t have otherwise.
Before you get started, however, there are some things you should know. Here are some dating tips for online daters aged 50+.
Don’t Dismiss the Whole Idea Because of a Few Hang Ups
Maybe you don’t want to try online dating because of ABC. It could be you’ve heard horror stories, for example scammers or creeps, and you want no part in it. Or there could be other reasons. Realize that these are just your fears cropping up. They may or not be rooted in reality. Or they may actually happen, but are just so rare that most online daters don’t encounter them. Don’t let these hang ups keep you from even trying. Learn how to stay safe and avoid the weirdos, and you’ll be fine!
Avoid the Scammers and Weirdos
It’s true, there are some people who are out to scam others. It’s not just people over 50 and it’s not just online dating. It’s all over the internet. The thing about online dating is that it’s fairly easy to pretend to be someone you’re not. Don’t fret too much—most people on dating websites are who they say they are. You just need to be able to spot the scammers. If someone gets too personal too fast, wants to know where you live, or asks for money, those are huge red flags. No matter what, don’t listen to them. Block them if you have to. They will just move on. For weirdos—the same thing. If you feel at all uncomfortable about a person, even if they seem nice and sweet, trust your gut reaction and stay away. There are plenty of amazing people out there.
Ask for Help to Beef Up Your Profile
Maybe you get most of how technology works—you can do email, surf the web, and mostly find what you need. But when it comes to being savvy about how you “look” online, you’re all thumbs. And that’s ok. That’s what friends and family are for! If you have a techn savvy, helpful son or daughter in their 20s or 30s, ask them to help you. Or ask another friend who has a little experience in this. They can help you take and post a few good photos, figure out what to say, and so on.
Online Dating is What You Make It
So many older online daters are worried that things will go too fast online. That can be true of some people. But it doesn’t have to be true for you. Online dating is what you make it! On your profile, clearly state that you are looking for friendship, and want to take your time to see what develops. You may be surprised to find out that there are many others in your age category who think the same way.
Try Several Online Dating Sites
Not all dating sites are created equal. That’s why Date Nurse has reviewed several online dating sites so you can compare them and see which ones you might want to try. Also, instead of those big, broad sites that cater to everyone, you could also try smaller ones that target niche groups—including your age group. You could even try several at a time, if you’re up for it.
Dating at any age can be frustrating, and it seems the older you get, the harder it is to meet people. But it doesn’t have to be! Check out what online dating has to offer. Don’t give up on dating—you still have a lot of years and a lot of love left to give.