At-a-click romance isn’t just for 20-somethings. It’s also for the young at heart. In fact, the 50 and over segment is the fastest growing group of subscribers for online dating, according to a study by Lehman Brothers Equity Research.
The convenience of clicking through profiles of potential dates is the main reason seniors are opting for the internet over expensive, fading personal ads. But if you choose to go this route, there are certain precautions to take to ensure your safety and well-being.
Are You Ready?
The popularity of online dating sites has exploded over the past 10 years due to their ease of use and the convenience of being able to browse through prospective dates. But just because more people are using these sites doesn’t mean they are right for you.
Are you coming off of a long, frustrating relationship? Did your spouse recently pass away, leaving you with emotional and mental anguish?
If your emotions and psychological state seem a bit unstable, consider sitting down with a therapist before adding the complexities of another relationship into the mix.
Research Before You Reach Out
There are literally hundreds of online dating websites across the internet. Some are targeted toward certain races, interests and backgrounds, so if you have a type in mind, you can whittle down your pool by choosing the site that fits your needs.
Are you looking for a physically active mate? A certain age range? Search through the many options to find the one that you feel comfortable using.
As with any online endeavor that may lead to a face-to-face meeting, your safety is paramount.
It is troubling to think that some people use online dating sites to lure unsuspecting people into dangerous situations, but that is the reality.
Agree to meet your date in a populated restaurant or sporting event where many other people will be around. If going out at night, be sure not to walk through dimly lit areas by yourself and try to park close to your destination.
If any red flags come up during the online courting process, back out immediately and move on to the next profile. There are many other fish in the online ocean.