Too Old For Online Dating?
Q: I'm 65 years young and finally ready to start dating again after the loss of my wife. I'm intrigued by the world of online dating, but it seems like everyone there is looking for someone much younger. Am I just too old to find someone online? —Jim-65
Dr. Pamela: I'm sorry for your loss. I know it's hard to get back into the dating scene after so long, especially after losing a loving spouse. But you should know that older men have more chance of meeting someone than older women do, online and offline. You absolutely are not too old for online dating, so get that idea out of your mind. The fastest growing segment for online dating is the 50+ population. These days, more and more couples are getting divorced when their kids leave the house. More people have jobs that erode their marriage; they work from home and so are home too much, or they work long days at the office and don't spend enough time at home. More people explore love online, with an old flame or a new one.
OK, we've established there are lots of available women your age. Despite how you feel, you are in the right place at the right time. Now the question is, what can you do better?" I'm betting your profile could use some polish, your photos can show you in a better light, your responses to women could be more engaging, and your choices in women could be better. My advice is to get help setting up your profile and getting some great photos. Look online for dating sites that cater to seniors. Don't put all your dating eggs in the online basket, try joining a group or club, or take a class at your local community college. Tell your friends you want to get out and start dating again. Most of all, enjoy the experience!
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Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.
Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, relationship expert, and bestselling and award-winning author. Her books include Loving in Flow: How the Happiest Couples Get and Stay That Way, and Kylie's Heel, a novel for adults.
Pamela G. Chollet, Ph.D.
Dr. Pamela Chollet has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and Master degrees in educational psychology and fine arts. Her passion has been helping people face and get through those times when they feel trapped and unable to move forward.
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