Dating tips when you’re over 50

Feel that you’d like to start dating again but not sure how to go about it?

It can be daunting to start dating again later in life; perhaps you’ve been with a long term partner and haven’t dated for a while. Or perhaps you’ve been concentrating on your career and now have more time for you? Whatever the reason you want to find someone to share your life with after 50 it is not easy to know where or how to start.

The general rule of thumb is to try and find someone who has a common outlook on life to you and someone you can have some fun with.  Here are some tips on how to find that new partner in your life:

Be proactive

Try not to rely on friends to introduce you to someone they may think you’d be suited to, instead how about joining a local book club, choir, exercise or dance class? Or take up a new hobby such as photography, join a beginner’s art class or consider learning a new language. There are also many local charity events you could get involved with where you may find like-minded single people.

Have you considered online dating?

Many over 50’s are turning to online dating as it is one of the simplest ways to meet other singles, particularly if you don’t live in the city. If your current lifestyle doesn’t offer you lots of opportunities to meet new people, a dating website is a relaxed approach to connecting with other single people in your area.

Specialist over-50’s dating sites like Silversurfers Dating are becoming particularly popular, as older singles realise the potential of the internet.

But if you’re nervous about trusting in technology to make your dating life easier then here are a few things to remember:

  • Choose a site that you feel matches your ethos and which you think may attract people like you
  • Complete your profile carefully and honestly so it gives a true representation of your character
  • Try and be clear about what you want (and don’t want) then you stand a much better chance of finding someone who is looking for the same things as you
  • Always be polite. If someone contacts you try and 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
  • Beware of scammers. Watch out for profiles that say they’re peace keepers in Syria, or widowed doctors looking to relocate to the UK.

Above all, take your time finding someone who is right for you, so that you enter a meaningful relationship that is much more likely to stand the test of time.

If you are ready to start dating again Silversurfers Dating is a great opportunity to meet other over 50’s from the Silversurfers community. 

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1st Feb 2020
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Hm, I joined Silversurfers Dating a few years back only to find the men were the same ones as on other sites. This is because most of these different named sites are all owned by The Dating Lab who hold a central database of 'daters'. The different named dating sites are tailored to the customer's (eg, Silversurfers) specifications. Once you've paid your money, daters in the central database that match the customer's (e,g Silversurfers) specification will then be available to you and from that pool you make your own search requirements eg age, height, eye colour, location etc.

I once dated someone who I met through 'x' site but he joined via 'y' site. I've given up now and am much happier being single. If a tall, dark, 35 year old, millionaire takes a shine to me, I may reconsider 🙂
12th Feb 2020
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I've been single for 10 years this coming May. I gave up looking for someone online and decided if it's going to meet someone it will happen and gave myself up to fate. I thoroughly enjoy my life and am glad I decided to stay single. After getting over my breakup, which took a number of years, I can honestly say sometimes you are better off on your own. Good on you Sue, you have found the perfect way to live your life.

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