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How to navigate online dating for seniors

This news story was published on August 13, 2020.
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It would be fair to say the younger generation makes full use of technology, engaging in Snapchat, downloading apps, streaming music, watching Netflix, or signing up to their favourite dating site, all daily. While many over 50s or over 60s are equally enthusiastic about embracing social media, large numbers of seniors are a little more guarded about going online. But evidence shows mature people are being drawn to Internet dating in increasing numbers. Given the convenience of communicating with prospective partners from your own home, it’s easy to see the appeal. If you’re a senior thinking of joining in the fun, here are some pointers about navigating online dating according to experts from

Be selective about signing up

There is a diverse range of dating websites out there. Most of the generic ones will cater to older members, with built-in algorithms that will react to the information you input when you first join, ensuring you are matched with someone within an appropriate bracket. There are also sites catering for niche interests. Are you interested in age-gap relationships? Dating divorcees? Meeting foreign partners? How about gay or lesbian relationships with older singles? There are many potential outlets to consider, so take a step back before plunging right in.

Take some time compiling your profile

Your dating profile is all-important in terms of attracting interest. Rather than rushing into your description, focus on highlighting the most interesting aspects of your background. Remember, other site users who are browsing through lists of profiles can be impatient when skimming through the choices. If they aren’t hooked by your details, they’ll move on to someone else. Think of some choice facts that neatly summarised your personality. If you’re a senior there’s every likelihood you will have a lot of interesting information to present.

Leave your baggage behind

Don’t think trying about tracking down someone you might see as a replacement for an ex. When it comes to senior dating you should see this as an opportunity to discover exciting new people. If you keep dwelling on the past this will hinder your chances of making the most of your online experience. Always be honest about your family background if you have grown-up children or you are still close to your ex-wife. The key factor is to draw a line and look to the future.

Consider the longer-term picture

It would be only natural to be caught up in the enthusiasm of signing up to a dating site and waiting for your inbox to become populated with messages from interested suitors. However, always remember not everyone you are going to meet will be genuine. People go online for all sorts of reasons, and you can’t expect to connect with someone who is completely on your wavelength immediately. Think about where you see yourself in a few months. Are you looking for casual acquaintances to increase your social circle, or are you specifically looking for the love interest? Your motivations may well evolve over the months but it is important to have realistic expectations.


Be aware of date security


Always remember there are many unscrupulous people out there. Regardless of how genuine a dating profile might appear to be, certain individuals would prey on other site users and might see seniors as being a little less savvy than younger people. The golden rules? Never divulge personal information such as passwords, particularly those relating to your financial details. If you do get around to arranging a face-to-face encounter with someone you’ve met on a matching site, always tell friends where are you are going, and arrange to meet in a public place.

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