With the internet being so prevalent in today’s society, it comes as no surprise that technology has given us the ability to search for relationships online. If you’ve decided to join the millions of other singles in the cyber quest for love but “computer-savvy” isn’t included on your list of attributes in your online dating profile, fear not, for you are not alone. With the following tips for getting started on a senior dating site you may find yourself the most technologically advanced senior on the block…not to mention the most eligible on the web.
#1: What do you want out of the experience? Before you choose a site or a membership plan, it is imperative to ask yourself a few questions: Are you looking for friendship? Love? A committed, long-term relationship? Are you looking for someone with certain spiritual or political beliefs? What will your bank account allow you to spend? How much time are you willing to invest?
#2: Find a site that meets your individual needs. Once you clearly define your objectives, do some research comparing sites and what they have to offer. Perform a Google search of senior dating sites and you will find a variety with different subscription plans available, catering specifically to seniors. It’s important that you feel comfortable with a particular website before whipping out your wallet, so don’t just jump into the first one that’s reasonably priced.
#3: Make a standout profile. Once you’ve found the perfect dating site for you, now it’s time to showcase your personality through your online profile. It is important to make it as original as possible for it will be fellow online daters’ first impression of you. Consider the following:
- Make sure to completely fill out everything the site asks of you.
- Be honest and just be yourself.
- Select a photo of you alone that is up close, clear, and current.
- Keep it light and leave out any bitterness about your past—remember positivity attracts positivity.
- Talk about your hobbies and the parts of life you enjoy.
- Discuss what you are looking for in a potential match.
- Don’t be afraid to show a little humor.
- Never disclose your address, personal email, phone number or even your last name.
#4: Stage online dates before real life dates. You never know who you could be talking to on the internet, so that’s why it’s crucial to take things slow and get to know a match online first. For most online singles, a good time frame for communicating before meeting face-to-face is about 3 weeks. If it takes longer that’s fine—do what feels right. Use the tools your senior dating site provides to interact through email, text chat, video chat, etc. so that you can try to get a feel for the person’s motives. Once you are at a point where you feel comfortable, trusting, and ready to take things to the next level, it is safe to plan a first date.
#5: Plan the perfect, SAFE first date. When it comes to online dating, safety should be your top priority. So when the appropriate time comes for a face-to-face relationship to develop from an internet one, keep the following safety tips in mind and you are guaranteed to be safe and enjoy the experience:
- Meet your date at a crowded, public venue.
- Never rely on your date for transportation.
- Be sure to let a friend or family member know where you’re going and with whom.
- Keep a cell phone handy.
- Never let your belongings out of your site-especially your drink.
- Skip the alcoholic beverages.
- Trust your intuition—don’t be afraid to pull the plug if something isn’t right.