Dating for the elderly
As more elderly people are becoming more knowledgeable and confident in their ability to use the internet it’s only natural that they’ve also embraced the concept of internet dating, which is an area which has become increasingly popular in general.
Like any form of dating such as an introduction agency, you’re always going to get people who aren’t always what they say they are and you’re highly likely to encounter quite a few frogs before you come across a prince (if you’re a woman), not to mention a host of exaggerated claims about looks, employment and background.
If you would like to date senior women or senior men specifically, make sure to adjust your criteria to reflect this preference.
e Harmony also offers a host of dating resources on our free senior dating advice site.
You may end up getting lots of responses if you’re lucky, some of which you’ll want to pursue further, many of which you won’t, so be sure to open a new e-mail account when it comes to giving your e-mail address out solely for this purpose so the responses don’t interfere with your usual mailbox.
Once you’ve decided on a site you think is best for you, see if it has the opportunity to take a free trial before you have to decide if you want to upgrade to a full membership.
Have a look around some of the dating websites and look for feedback in forums about their reputation before joining one.
There are also a lot of niche dating agencies which cater for older people or with those who have specific interests so don’t be in a rush to get started, do some research first.
Take things very slowly in the initial stages of getting to know somebody over the internet.
Medical and technological advancements can help you live longer (and stay active in the bedroom). “Society recognizes that older people continue to need romance and sex and companionship,” says Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, Seattle; love and relationship ambassador at AARP; and author of “Dating After 50 for Dummies.” “It’s the best time in history to be over 50 and dating.” But as you navigate the dating world—whether by choice or circumstance—you may find things have changed since you were last out there.
Staying engaged in life means you’re meeting lots of new people.
While most people on dating sites are genuinely looking for a spouse or companionship, some do have other motives. “I screen people out by insisting Saturday night is date night,” says Sandy Reynolds, 66, a retiree who lives outside Tampa, Florida.
Maybe they’re married or just looking for cyber sex. Does the photo on the site match, or look like, other pictures that pop up in the search? “If they only want to meet mid-week, that’s a red flag.” Reynolds has been using online dating sites since 2008.
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But since the ratio of men to woman was off at the library, it was more of a "get to know different people" event.