Finding Love in Cyberspace

Whether you’re newly single or have been flying solo for a while, getting back into the dating scene can be a bit intimidating. Think you’re too old to date, or you’ve lost your mojo? Not true at all! With age comes wisdom and experience, so why not get out there and show all those twenty-somethings how it’s done? Here are some reasons why online dating may be perfect for you.

You know what you want. Older adults have learned a thing or two about the qualities, and personality traits they’re most compatible with. The great thing about setting up an online dating profile is the ability to filter your matches by similar interests, body type, location, etc. Seniors are more likely to be serious about finding a partner, and are generally more truthful about their intentions – and what they’re looking for.

There’s no pressure. You deserve all the happiness in the world, and that means taking your time to find that special someone. Ask your potential matches questions that are important to you, and be wary of those that seem to be using online dating as a way to “get lucky.” Be open to kissing a few frogs before finding Mr. or Mrs. Right, and go on a few casual dates to identify who you best connect with.

Boost your self-esteem. Finding someone who is interested in us brings back fuzzy feelings of getting those Valentine cards in high school. Emotionally speaking, people who are socially engaged feel more fulfilled, and enjoy better health. Recruit your friends and family to help you put together a profile that reflects how they see you, and what you’d want a potential mate to know.

According to Senior Planet, people 60 and over are the fastest growing demographic in online dating. Web sites such as OurTime, and AARP Dating, offer user-friendly, and affordable options. Many sites offer free trials allowing you to browse before you commit. Do your research to find one that will work best for you, and let Cupid do the rest!

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