So you are over 50 and thinking about saddling up for the dating game again?  Well the good news is that it’s never too late to get back on the horse.  However, the process might be a little bit different than you last remembered.  Nowadays, you don’t need to worry about cleaning up and throwing on your best after-shave to head to the bar in hopes of finding that special lady…all you have to do is grab a beer, kick back in your favorite recliner and pull out your laptop.

The new reality for relationships today is leaning more and more towards online dating.  Especially when you are over the age of 50.  In 2011, online dating is seen as the most popular method for older men seeking love or companionship.  By simply signing up to a few dating websites that cater to your specific needs, you will gain access to thousands of singles like yourself who are looking for love by modern means.  To get the most out of your online experience and maximize your chances for success, follow these simple online dating tips:

#1:  Honesty is the best policy.  This will probably be the most important lesson you learn in your online dating journey.  When filling out your online dating profile and connecting with other singles, be sure to be truthful about the information you disclose about yourself.  If the truth is stretched on anything from a few extra pounds you’ve gained recently, to what kind of car your drive, or even your income…it can create a world of trouble for you down the road.  The truth will come out eventually and a sure start to a doomed relationship is a lie…no matter how big or small. Just remember that to attract someone who is right for you, your best bet is to be yourself and stay true to your values.  If a potential partner doesn’t accept that then she can pack it up and hit the bricks.

#2:  Showcase yourself.  You know you’re a catch and any woman would be lucky to have you.  But does your online dating profile highlight how smart, funny and charming (the list goes on, of course) you are?  This is your opportunity to market yourself to women who have hundreds of other men available to them with the click of a mouse—be original and set yourself apart by highlighting your specific qualities, characteristics and hobbies. After you’ve set up your online profile that is guaranteed to capture the hearts of women worldwide and line up dates for you to keep you booked through the New Year, revisit your information on your page from time to time.  Make updates as you see fit and try to look at your profile as another person viewing it for the first time.

#3:  Stay positive.  When interacting with fellow singles across the World Wide Web, keep in mind that if you come across as despondent, bitter or desperate, you may miss out on a number of quality women because you have turned them away with your negativity.  In your first communications with an online friend, it is also important not to dwell on serious topics like politics, religion or any serious issues regarding your past—there will be plenty of time for that later.  Instead, focus on light-hearted subjects and reflect on the parts of life that you enjoy.  Remember that positive people attract positive relationships.

If you don’t find love right away, that’s okay…don’t rush!  Know that every day, hundreds of people over the age of 50 are finding love and companionship online and you can too.  Relax and bask in the fun you are having on this new adventure in your life!

Guest poster, Amy Reynolds, brings to us the above article on senior dating and also writes about other issues surrounding online relationships for Best Black Dating Sites.  You may contact Amy at amy.reynolds@wufsd.org

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