The world of dating can be tricky when you’re in your 20s and 30s.
But when you’re in your 50s or older, it can seem like a minefield. Whether you’re trying to meet local singles or searching for love farther afield, dating never seems simple and the etiquette can be hard to grasp.
If you’re over 50 and struggling with dating, take a deep breath and relax. The best way to meet someone special is simply to be yourself – and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time.
How to start dating again
The internet is awash with tips on over-50s dating, but don’t get too bogged down in the rules and guidelines these posts offer. Instead, look for balanced, positive inspirations This post from After Fifty Living, for example, focuses on having fun, while this advice from Happy Living Magazine sheds light on some practicalities. The Diva of Dating also offers great advice for women over 50 who are dating.
In general, the rules for dating in your 50s are very much the same as dating in your 20s: look for someone whose company you enjoy, and with whom you have some common interests. This doesn’t mean that you have to enjoy doing everything they do. Instead, you should seek out men and women who have a common life outlook to yours, and someone with whom you can have fun.
Try not to depend on other people to introduce you to potential suitors. Instead, go out and meet like-minded singles yourself. Join a local book club or get involved in charity events in your neighbourhood. You could also consider taking an evening course at a college or university to meet people who have the same interests as you.
Dating websites for over-50s
While there are many ways to meet single people through real-life pursuits, many men and women of all ages are now turning to dating websites to find a new partner. Specialist over-50s dating sites like Silverfriends are becoming particularly popular, as older singles realise the potential of the internet. Other dating sites for older people include Wise Owl Dating and Fifty and Single.
However, if you decide that online dating is the right approach for you, it’s important not to simply rush out and join several dating sites. Instead, do your research carefully and choose a site that you feel matches your ethos, and which you think may attract people you’ll like. Make sure that you also take the time to complete your profile, carefully and honestly, so other members of the dating site will have a good representation of your character.
And remember that, even though you’re not interacting with someone face-to-face, basic rules of politeness and courtesy still apply. If someone contacts you through the dating site, try to get back to them relatively quickly, even if you’re not interested. Maintaining this positive attitude means you’re more likely to attract people who share that outlook, and find someone who can make you happy.
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