Thinking about trying online dating over 50 or getting back out there after divorce?
It’s always interesting to hear about the experiences of others; here’s a handful of dating stories from over 50s from around the web.
Dating Diaries of a 50-something Divorcee
“We are constantly fed messages that men in their 50s and beyond are sexual beings but that menopause is nature’s way of saying that women are not. For some, sex has morphed into foot rubs and cosy cups of tea in bed. But what if you haven’t made that choice?” Read the piece here.
Finding love online over 50: success stories
“My last relationship didn’t end well, an irretrievable breakdown. I lost all my trust in people and didn’t care about anything for a while. I just about kept it together at work, but weekends involved a lot of Jack Daniels…
My kids, Sophie and Connor, both in their twenties, intervened. ‘Dad, you need to snap out of it’. They encouraged me to try dating websites and, though, I met both lovely and strange people, it felt good to be getting back out there.” Read the piece here.
True confessions of a 50-something dating as record numbers of baby boomers are single again
“People assume that after you lose a loved one you need time to be alone, to lick your wounds. That wasn’t the case for me. When a man I met through work asked me out a month after my husband Keith died, I jumped at the chance.” Read the piece here.
Over 50 singles might have the best luck online
“In her 2013 essay My Year on Match.com, author Anne Lamott describes subscribing to the dating site as one of the bravest things she’s done. Lamott says every few weeks she met with a new man and over coffee “practiced my dating skills — listening, staying open and bringing the date to a friendly close.” She learned to quickly jettison newly divorced men looking to quickly remarry and those who talked about themselves but forgot to ask anything about her life. She also felt the sting of rejection, which often took the form of “a flurry of dates, followed by radio silence on the man’s part.”” Read the piece here.
10 things you only know when you’re online dating in your 50s
“But online dating in your middle ages can undoubtedly be a minefield of subterfuge and pitfalls. After four years in the trenches, I finally met my match – we had mutual friends on Facebook and he chatted me up by saying he liked my photograph – and we got married just before Christmas. If I am relieved, at 50, to be back out of the dating arena again, I am also determined to pass on my dating tips. Here’s what I wish I’d known before logging on…” Read the piece here.
My year on match.com
“I’d done so many scary things in my life, but this might be the scariest. At the age of 58, I joined a dating site.” Read the piece here.
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