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There are so many factors to meeting somebody new, and it isn't any different no matter what age you are! As online dating becomes more prevalent throughout all groups of society, it is growing particularly fast in the senior dating age group.
Here we explore why Internet dating is the new go-to - and how to get started!
We all know - dating is difficult. Whether you live in a small town and can't find anybody new, don't know how to start introducing yourself, or feel nervous about meeting new people, there are all sorts of reasons why we might put off trying to find new romance.
The thing is that love is essential to us all.
Maybe you've always been single, and have put off finding a committed relationship in respect of other priorities.
Perhaps you're newly single, or have been divorced for several years, and think it's time to get back into the dating game.
It could be that you've been perfectly happy by yourself, but are starting to feel a little lonely and would like to meet somebody special to share your time with.
If you want to meet somebody, you definitely can. Internet dating is only one option, but it's a good one!
Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about senior dating - and what you need to know.
Q - Aren't I too old to start dating now?
A - Absolutely not! There is never an age limit on love, and senior dating sites are specially designed to help mature singles find a partner (usually 50+ and sometimes with a higher minimum age).
Q - I don't like talking over text, so doesn't that rule me out of online dating?
A - Nope! A lot of mature singles prefer to chat on the phone, as they haven't grown up with texting and instant messaging. Many senior dating sites offer the option to speak via phone or even video call, with security features, so you don't have to disclose your private phone number unless you wish to.
Q - Won't my family think badly of me for dating online?
A - Very likely not! Most families will be supportive of an older relative putting aside some time for themselves and their happiness. If you'd prefer to keep your online dating private, you don't have to disclose it and can share how you met when you've met somebody perfect.
There are lots of reasons you might have struggled to meet somebody in person:
If any of these apply to you, you are far from alone! It's not surprising to know that senior dating is the fastest growing area when it comes to online dating - and for lots of reasons!
The benefits of joining a mature dating site include:
There are millions of mature singles around the world, but you aren't going to meet any of them if you follow the same routine and socialise with the same friends every day. Online dating makes that possible without stepping out of your comfort zone.
If you're brand new to online dating and have just joined a site, take some time to have a look at the different pages and familiarise yourself with how it works. Don't expect an immediate inbox full of messages - it's all about taking your time and enjoying the experience!
You'll need to set up a profile. It's best to include as much information as you can so that your matches are more specific. Answer all the questions, fill in all the boxes, and upload a recent photo (ask someone to take it for you if you don't have one to hand!).
Tell the truth - share what you love, and what you don't, even if you doubt many singles near you have an equal passion for carp fishing or bike restorations, you'd be surprised! When you are authentic and honest about what you love and what you're looking for, your matches will be more compatible.
Be persistent - so I don't mean messaging that gorgeous guy down the street ten times a day! However, you have to remember that not everybody will go online every day, and might feel a little nervous about online dating so may not respond straight away. You might find a perfect match the first time round or might end up chatting to lots of singles before you find your match - but give it time, and you'll find what you're looking for!
With so many new mature singles joining online dating sites each week, there has never been a better time to get involved. The experience is refreshing, fun, and exciting - and will breathe fresh life into your relationships!
There is no reason not to keep an eye out for meeting people in real life too, but by creating your dating profile, you know that if any new singles join, or move into your area, you are in the best possible position to make that introduction.