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Fifty, flirty and thriving – Finding love in later life

Fifty, flirty and thriving - Finding love in later life

Whether you’ve been dating for a while or you’re only just dipping your toes back into the dating pool, there is no denying that the dating scene has significantly changed over the years.

Many people are now turning to dating apps and websites which use algorithms to make matches between their users to help them find a potential love interest. Navigating online dating is a learning curve but once you get the hang of it, it is a fun and easy way to find a partner at any age.

Face your fears
It can be intimidating to set up your profile on a dating site or app but remind yourself that everyone else on there is going through similar emotions. Sign up to trusted websites such as eharmony and EliteSingles where you can find local singles such as yourself. These sites have high success rates and specific sections for the over-50s which will give you a better chance of finding someone like-minded and compatible.

Be yourself
When setting up your profile, be honest with your age and put up a recent photograph of yourself. Share your interests and what qualities you are looking for in a partner. Your profile should reflect who you are, and your personality should shine through it. When you are true and authentic, you will attract people who like you for you.

Safety first
There is never a 100 percent guarantee that the person you are chatting with is who they say they are. For your own safety, always arrange to meet your online match for the first time in a public place, preferably in daylight. Be aware of any red flags that may come up and avoid giving out personal information such as your home address or credit card details early in a relationship.

Rediscover romance
Putting yourself out into the dating world is daunting but it can be an exciting and rewarding experience once you find someone you connect with. The first person you match with may not always blossom into a relationship but keep an open mind and don’t be discouraged. There is no age limit on dating, and you are never too old to fall in love. Embrace modern dating technology and get your flirt on. Your perfect match could be just a click away!

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