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Back when we were growing up, we would likely find Mr. or Miss Right in school, on the job, in a bar or through family or friends. Today, more and more people over 50 are taking advantage of online dating.  So if you’re looking for romance and are prepared to meet someone new, online dating may well be the right option for you. 

Before you stick your toe in the water, here are a few tips to consider.

There are numerous dating sites for the over 50 crowd, so you need to do some research to find the one that suits you best.  Some,like silversingles.com and ourtime.com, specialize in senior dating.  Other well-known sites, such as match.com and eharmony.com, have filters and categories that enable seniors to find each other.

There are also sites that cater to your specific interests.  Whether it is a love of fitness (fit singles.com), a passion for riding horses (equestriansingles.com), or religious affiliation (christianMingle.com or jdate.com for Jewish singles), there are esoteric sites that speak to most every interest.

  • Enlist Your Friends:  Consult your friends when you’re choosing a picture and filling out your profile.  Your photo and profile are your top marketing vehicles for catching the attention of potential dates.  A second opinion from an outsider can help you put your best foot forward.
  • Avoid clichés in your profile. You will notice that there is no shortage of folks seeking companionship who like long walks on the beach, theater and fine restaurants.  Armed with that information, create a profile that is distinctive and expresses your goals, values and lifestyle.
  • Stay safe. If someone catches your interest – or someone finds you – proceed with caution.  Initially, you should talk on your mobile phone, which won’t be linked to your address like a landline.  For your first date, meet in a public place,such as a coffee shop.  Until you are comfortable that you know the person, don’t let a date drive you anywhere.  Though most people are honest and well-intended, in the early going of any relationship one should maintain a motto of safety first.

Just like with traditional dating, there are a lot of fish in the sea  – only more! Take your time, enjoy meeting new people and eventually you might find that perfect someone.