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Online dating has become so accessible for so many people. Regardless of your hobbies, interests, age or gender – there’s a dating site out there for you! Over the last year, I’ve looked into various different aspects of dating, including how to date safely with a disability and date ideas for gamers to name a few. And today I want to talk about how we – the younger generation – can help older people with dating online.
Online dating is for everyone and older people have just as much of a right to find love online as any of us. Although I’m sure a lot of you will agree that older people and technology don’t ALWAYS go, so sometimes they might need a bit of help.
Although there are definitely some incredibly tech-savvy older people out there!
Getting older doesn’t mean we have less of a need for friendship, companionship and even love. And many older people will find themselves in a position where they feel ready for new relationships in their life or ready to fall in love again. Perhaps after the death of a spouse or a divorce.
Here are some tips for older people who are venturing into the online dating world and also how we, as younger people, can help them on their journey!
Choose your dating site wisely
Sometimes all it takes is finding the right online dating site. As with anyone who’s venturing into online dating, it’s worth trying a few different sites out to see which one gains you the best results. There’s no harm in signing up for a few to see which works best!
When you start arranging to meet people on your online dating sites, it’s so important to stay safe. For an older person, it very well may have been decades since they last went on a date with someone new. The world has moved on a lot since then.
But safety is still as important as ever. When meeting someone new, make sure you:
- Meet in a public place
- Tell someone where you’re going and when you’re going
- Get a friend or family member to check in on you
There are also instances of online dating fraud, whereby people will ask for money to meet you or tell you a sob story (which is likely fake) to get you to send them money. If anything like this happens, block and report them and definitely don’t agree to meet them.
Last but not least, keep an eye out for any flagging system within the platform; this feature allows you to report users who violate the rules of etiquette set by the app.
Related read: What You Need To Know About Romance Scams
Suggest an activity as a date
Dating at an older age for the first time is perhaps decades may be an incredibly nerve-wracking thing for a lot of people. Heck, it’s nerve-wracking for people who are regular daters! If you’re about to embark on a first date, suggest an activity instead of a sit down meal or coffee, which might end up feeling like a job interview, especially if you’re worried about what to talk about!
Only do it if you’re ready
If this is your first time in the dating world since a bereavement or a divorce, then the most important thing is that you’re ready. There’s no right or wrong and everyone goes at their own pace. If you go on a date and still don’t feel ready, that’s perfectly okay!
Consider your needs
Your needs won’t be the same now, at an older age, as what they were when you were 20, so it’s important to consider that when starting online dating. Think about your needs and wants when choosing potential dates and what dating sites to use as well.
You really can find love at any age. Age is just a number! Anyone of any age can date and find a new relationship and companion. The phrase “there’s plenty more fish in the sea” exists for a reason. Of course it’s an extremely personal choice but if you’re a senior and aren’t sure about whether you should date again – I say go for it!