Dating Over 50
Ensure Your Online Dating Success Tips and Advice for Singles over 50
By Dr. Pepper Schwartz
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Dating Advice for Singles Over 50
Ensure Your Online Success
Congratulations for taking the leap back into dating! Yes, we know while dating in your 20s may have been difficult, it's a vastly different landscape now. And, we mean that in a GREAT way. Think about it: What you bring to the table now as a mature adult is pretty significant. The fact of the matter is now, you've got wisdom, experience, and street smarts to help you identify exactly what you're looking for in a relationship. With those thoughts in mind, here're our tips for creating a profile which will help ensure your online dating success:
Make a List. Your expectations of what you desire in a relationship and a future mate should be accurately reflected in your online profile. Write down what type of person you are looking for, your expectation (i.e., companionship or marriage), your values and personal interests.
Be Honest. Create and write an online profile which honestly represents you. Remember, it's not about attracting quantity; it's about finding someone of quality.
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10 Smart First Date Ideas for Over 50 Singles
There's no question first dates can be nerve-wracking. What to wear? What to say? Where to go? All this uncertainty is compounded when it's not just a first date-but perhaps your first date in a long time.
Mature singles over 50 who haven't been "out there" for a while may feel more comfortable going on a group date. Perhaps even participating in group activities, such as a wine tasting outing or a picnic. Successful first dates at any age should center on common interests or hobbies. By tailoring a first date to include a shared value, you immediately establish a positive connection with others.
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Dating Tips for 50+ Singles
Flirting is ageless and open to everyone! Flirting remains an easy and meaningful way to spark the interest of someone you've just met. Here're some fun tips from Flirting 101 to increase your cute quotient.
How to Be a Good Flirt
1) Break the Touch Barrier. It can be as obvious as touching your arm or knee while making a point. It can be as faint as having your knees come into contact under the table.
2) Laughter. A big part of flirting involves reactions to the partner. When telling a funny story, it may elicit comments encouraging interest, including asking "really?", saying "wow" and simply opening your mouth in amused disbelief.
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50+ Dating Facts & Statistics
Relationships Over 50
AARP reported, in a September 2003 study of singles aged 55+, 49% said, "Having someone to talk to or do things with" is the most important reason for dating.
AARP's September 2003 survey cited these as the Top Three Complaints of Singles in their 50's:
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More Singles over 50 are Using the Internet
Two-thirds of adults between the ages of 50-64 use the Internet (Burst! Media, 2006).
In their quest for love and companionship, computer users aged 55+, accounted for 16.7% of all traffic to on-line personal sites (Internet research firm, Nielsen/NetRatings, 2006).
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Boomer Population Facts
Baby Boomers represent 27.5% of the population; over 24 million Boomers are 50+; and by the year 2030, the Baby Boomers will be ages 66-84 and make up 20% of the total population (MetLife's Mature Market Institute, 2003).
A 50-year-old female can expect to live 82.5 years; a male 78.5 years (The National Center for Health Statistics, 2005).
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Singles Over 50 Have Found Success
Mario & Debra
The PerfectMatch profile presentation is very good. It provides a quick, useful and revealing picture of a person. Beyond the "perfect matches" offered to me automatically, the ability to search according to my own preferences was fun. In fact, it was ultimately critical to my finding my match. Debra found me. We seem perfectly suited to each other and we are talking about getting married!
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