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A lot of the digital aspect of Internet dating feels like it's aimed at a younger generation - with the prevalence of video chats, location tracking and swipe games.
However, it would be a massive disservice to the sector to think that it doesn't cater to older singles.
In fact, seniors and middle-aged singles make up a considerable proportion of the dating network, with separations, divorces and bereavements being far more likely in the 50+ crowd than for men and women in their 20s.
The first thing to point out is that online dating isn't difficult. Platforms and sites might look unique to their branding, but the premise and goal are always the same.
Don't be put off by a misconception that online dating isn't for you - because it is for everyone who wants to find a partner, and doesn't have a ready-made matchmaking date waiting in the wings.
I'd recommend reading some reviews, choosing maybe one or two sites that you feel comfortable with, and having a browse to check out how it all works.
Yes, there might be terminology and acronyms that weren't the norm last time you went on a first date; but it's designed to be user-friendly, so give it an hour or so, and I'll bet you've mastered site navigation!
Here are a few things to consider before you start sending out Winks or posting your profile:
If you do decide that online dating is your best bet, or you're looking to meet someone quickly without waiting for the next birthday party to make your move, go for it.
I ask this because I believe you have to be all in for it to work! Half-hearted profiles, slight cynicism and suspicion that every single who messages you is a spammer do not make for a great dating experience.
The next thing; defining the site that is best for you.
I often have a little giggle at the disparity between 'senior dating' sites - not because they are doing anything wrong, but because they have wildly different ideas about what being senior means!
Again, it's well worth reading some independent reviews or having a look around before joining the first site you bump into. Because if you're a vibrant 50-year old looking for a date to go on wild adventures with, the last thing you want is to end up in a chat room of retirees wanting to discuss their pottery habits.
Likewise, if you're, say, over 70, signing up to a dating platform for single parents who all tend to be in their 30s or 40s is going to be a big fat waste of your time.
Here are a few things you can do to make sure you're getting the right matches, with the right age group, in the right area:
The 'rules' for online dating don't change at any age, and we all know that two people within the same demographic might have dramatically different passions and interests!
You should always:
Remember that not all dating sites are the same; so if you've tried one before and not found it at all useful, don't be disheartened.
We'd recommend trying a niche platform that offers more specialist dating services targeted at your relationship aspirations - and they are a better choice than a huge generic dating platform if you're looking for a specific type of partner.
Finally - don't be shy about playing the game!
The majority of dating sites offer a free membership option, so if you're in any doubt, why not hedge your bets and join two or three - and see which one takes you places!