It’s a tragedy that many people do not see online dating sites as being for over 50’s. Both women and men of that age are missing out because of the misconception that online dating is only for younger generations.
They are missing out on potential dates and matches that could lead to excitement, friendship and love. So let’s get the record set straight right here.
You Can Succeed At Online Dating At Any Age….Even As A Senior!
The big general dating sites such as Match, Plenty of Fish, eHarmony and Friendfinder are stuffed full of men and women over 50, which means there is no reason for you to not consider using them.
But where you need to learn how to succeed as a senior is in who you target to talk to when on the dating site.
The problem is that people look generally at dates that are within 10 years older or younger than themselves. As you get older however this 10 year bracket needs to narrow in order to remain realistic.
If you are 30 then it is possible to discuss dating with people as young as 20 or as old as 40. But when you get to 50, getting the interest of somebody who is 40 can be incredibly difficult, and from your own point of view the thought of dating somebody who is 60 can be offputting.
People who are 60 are seen as heading towards old age and not in the same age bracket as people who are 50 and to an extent this is true, although it depends on individuals. Women especially do point out how difficult they find online dating when in their late 50s, compared to having tried it in the early 50s.
So as you get further into your 50s they could be a narrowing of the available people out there. But this does not mean that online dating is not for you.
Wherever You Are Looking Be Realistic And Patient
Although the number of potential matches may narrow in your 50s, it does not mean that online dating is a waste of time.
But what it does mean is that you have to be realistic and patient. There is no point in chasing after much younger people in desperation – you will just seem creepy. When it comes to older people, you will have to judge each on their own personal situation and take things slowly.
There are special senior dating sites out there, but the same issues still apply. As you get older, age and gaps between ages become more important and a bigger barrier, so this problem will still exist whatever site you are using.
Be Clear About What You Are Looking For In A Partner
As you head into old age, where companionship can be more important to the future, it’s vital that you are clear about what you are looking for.
We time against you making mistakes and messing around with different partners can be disheartening. Draw up a list of what you are looking for in a partner. Doing this will make it easier for you to ask the right questions and view the right profiles.
Clarity is essential and will help you to make good decisions that will get you away from online dating and into real life as quickly as possible.
Is There A Difference Between Free And Paid Senior Dating Websites?
Learning how to succeed as an over 50 also means understanding the type of online venue you are aiming to use.
Free online dating sites and services exist for all ages, including seniors. You will be as successful on a free site as you will on a paid one, when compared to people of any other age.
But whatever the venue, the potential dating matches will narrow – due simply to how humans view potential mates at certain times of the lives.
So our advice is to pick one of the big four general dating sites, filter within five years of either side of your own age and to then be really honest and open about what you are really looking for for the long-term. Then create a great profile and write messages that people will want to reply to.
This simple formula will help you to find that special person more quickly and to avoid rage in your old age.