Statistics show that the faster growing segement of the population engaging in online dating are people over 50 years old. Other statistics show that 48% of singles over 50 try online dating in order to meet people in their own age range for friendship, companionship, and romance. For those people who are over 50 who are looking to be successful when dating online here are a few tips that may help.
Be Yourself, But Be Interesting
All too often, people who want to try their hand dating online feel that they have to enhance their profile to appear to be something they are not in order to make their profile sound more interesting. The truth is the most successful profiles are written by people who are genuinely being themselves. There is nothing wrong with being a homebody, who enjoys cooking, cleaning and caring for their family. And while on the surface you may feel this will sound boring to others, chances are good there are others on the dating site that are looking for someone like you.
You can make being a homebody more interesting by throwing in a bit of humor into your profile or by letting your overall personality shine through. For example; instead of simply writing I enjoy cooking, you may want to write something like "People line up for my famous tuna noodle casserole." or "I love waxing the floors to Rockin' Robin." By adding a little bit of your personality into your profile, you can be completely yourself while being interesting.
When filling out your profile be specific especially when it comes to what kind of person you are looking to date. Don't list general qualities such as someone who has a sense of humor, instead be specific like listing someone who laughs at silly knock-knock jokes or finds specific movies amusing. The more specific your answers are to the questions ask, the better chance you have of attracting the type of person you are looking for.
Be Realistic in Your Expectations
When you get that first email response to your profile, it is easy to get caught up in the romance or the possibility of a romance, but be realistic in your expectations regarding online dating. The fact is, that you are likely to hear from and even meet a lot of people who are not the right fit for you or your lifestyle.
That is not a bad thing, try and enjoy each person you meet for what they have to offer while you wait for the right person to come along. You should not ignore any red flags that present themselves, and neither should you look for something to "wrong" with every person you meet. By keeping your expectations realistic you are much more likely to find the right person.
Enjoy the Adventure
Look at online dating as an adventure and enjoy the adventure every step of the way. Enjoy learning about each new person you are interested in and be open to new experiences and different points of view.
By following these few online tips chances are that your online dating experience will be more fun and much more successful.