Online Dating Advice For Silver Surfers

Written by on March 12, 2013 in Relationships - No comments | Print this page


silver_surfingThe world of dating and romance has moved on considerably in the last ten years, which can come as a shock when you suddenly find yourself back in the singles market after the end of a long marriage or relationship.

But just because times have changed, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to find love again. Indeed, if anything, more seniors than ever before are dipping a toe in the world of online dating, so your chances of finding love are actually very good if you are prepared to give it a shot!

Choose the Right Dating Site

There are hundreds of online dating sites. Sadly not all of them are worth joining and there is little point in signing up to a site populated by teenagers and young adults. Before you join an online dating site, check out how many members it has and whether it gives you the opportunity to have a try for free.

Most of the reputable senior dating agency websites aimed at seniors allow you to browse for free, so take advantage of this feature before you hand over any cash.

How to Create an Online Dating Profile

A great dating profile is the key to success in the shallow world of online dating. Upload some flattering pictures and spend some time writing an interesting introduction to help potential suitors gain a good impression of who you are and what kind of things you enjoy doing.

Mention hobbies you like and interesting places you have enjoyed visiting. You don’t have to write a novel, but try and give people a reason to contact you.

First Contact

Don’t be afraid to make the first contact if you see someone you like the look of. You are far more likely to have success if you adopt a proactive approach. Send the person a short icebreaker message asking them a question related to their profile.

If they answer, you can continue the conversation. If you hear nothing back after a few days, do not take it to heart – simply do another search to see who else is out there.

Meeting Up For the First Time

No matter how well you feel you get along via email and telephone chats, it is always better to meet in person once you have gained a sense of who the person is.

Chemistry is very difficult to predict and sadly the spark is not always there in person, so rather than waste weeks and months talking via a dating site, take a step forward and arrange a date to see if there is any attraction in real life.

Red Flags to Watch Out For

The world of online dating is full of predators and scammers looking to fleece vulnerable people out of cash. There are lots of warm, genuine people on internet dating sites and with a bit of luck you will meet a few, but you do need to watch out for individuals operating under a different agenda. Never send money to anyone you have met on an online dating site, always trust your instincts, and if someone sounds too good to be true, they probably are.

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About the author: Lesley did not expect to end up single at 67, but life goes on, so she looked around for a senior dating agency.  After joining a senior dating in Dublin, she eventually found love again.


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