That first date!
Going on a first date can be daunting. That doesn't change just because you get older.
The 50-plus generation find there are still many of the same stigmas associated with meeting people online as there are for younger generations. Will I like him? Will we get on? Will I need my friend to ring half way through with an 'excuse' for me to leave promptly? These are the same questions going through first dates' heads, no matter their age.
According to a YouGov Survey last year, one in five relationships in the UK now start online. With some 5.8m people over 45 living alone and some 1.7m women over 65 who are widowed in the UK, online dating for the over-50s has become a serious business. Even though this is one of the fastest growing demographics of single people, with consumers increasingly turning to the internet to meet prospective dates, most would rarely consider online dating without their child's encouragement.
However, the dating scene has changed a lot in recent years, and there are more opportunities to meet people online, via specialist over-50s dating websites such as ClickMatures.com
There’s less of a stigma now than there used to be about meeting your partner this way and it works far better than through the singles ads in the newspaper. It can be exciting to find people with similar interests to you and to receive messages and emails from them. It can be fun and enjoyable – just remember though, there’s no rush – take your time to be sure it feels right before you get serious with someone.
Follow these tips!
You want your online dating experience to be successful. It's easy to narrow down your search so you can find the right partner first time, but to get the best results first time, follow these top tips:
Tip 1 Submit a good photo. A close-up is better that a distant image. Make sure there is only YOU on the photo -unless it's a pet (which is sometimes a good ploy).
Tip 2 Write a good Profile. Be positive. Sell yourself. Don't dwell on your "faults". Make your profile short, concise, amusing and readable. Make it as honest as you can. Be clear about what you are looking for in a relationship.
Tip 3 Go online regularly and find the time to respond to all your enquiries. No-one likes to be kept waiting, and if you are paying for membership make sure you use it wisely.
Tip 4 Be polite and be interesting too. Ask questions rather than talk about yourself.
So, good luck to all the over-50s out there who now have a smart new way to find love!