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Online Dating for the over 50s 10 tips

The most popular place for people to head to when they are looking to meet someone new for dating or long term realtionship is the internet. With more over 50s singles these days the online dating scene is growing daily. Online dating has been the key to finding love for many singles. It is great when it works the way it should. While some are very happy with their experience of try to make the right connection others have been left jaded by their online experience vowing to never try again.
Regardless of your age you need your smarts about you when looking to find love on line. Many of the 50 plus singles are less likely to be prepared in dealing with many of the online dating issues. Going online to meet people is a different concept than what they have been used to in the past. The older generation will have probably met and dated their last partner in a more traditional way.
With so many dishonest people on line the genuine singles joining these dating sites need to be very aware of the tricks these underhanded people use. It is so unfortunate that there are those get their kicks from preying on vulnerable singles. Remember if someone looks and sounds too good to be real they probably are. There are also going to be many decent singles online that also want to meet a companion or ideal mate so keep searching until you find them. There are scams everywhere and the dating sites are no exception so pay attention and look for clues, in fact you need to be a bit of a detective.
Meeting potential partners off line seems to have become more difficult in recent years leaving the Internet to fill that need which means dating sites are seeing continuing growth with all ages. Everything has its plusses and negatives you have to weigh things up and make decisions based on the best information you can gain. Don’t believe everything you are told and be discriminating.
If you join one of the free dating sites you should be prepared that you will probably get a lot more garbage come your way, partly because it is free and there is nothing to lose for the dishonest and partly because of the volume of people that use these sites.
Decide why you are going to join a site. Do you just want to chat with people or meet prospects for dating or long term relationship? Make sure you are joining the right type of site for your needs. Some people fill their days on the internet looking at profiles, sending messages or chatting. If its only chatting to others that you want, find and join a chat site. Don’t lead someone on that is looking for something more. Dating should be 2 people that have discovered an interest in each other, they meet face to face for a real date, You plan to meet for coffee or lunch you do something that people do on first date. It’s an opportunity to see if there is any real interest and chemistry if there is take it from there. You may have just made a good new friend if nothing else.
10 Tips to safer online dating
• Watch out for married people on line making out that they are single.
• Watch for people that do not tell the truth about themselves. Many of these have no intention of meeting.
• Watch for those that contact you that look like a model in their profile pictures - both men and women. What better way to flatter you and grab your attention.
• The majority of genuine members will have be dressed in regular daywear for their profile picture. There are some that will use a picture taken at a function either because it’s the only photo they have or because they look their best.
• Watch for the story tellers. They will tell you about tragic circumstances to tug your heart strings. There are many true stories but don’t be taken in do your homework. Don’t get into real personal things until you are really comfortable that the person is who you think they are.
• Some use other people’s pictures and life stories.
• It’s common that people will use pictures that are years out of date. Always use a fairly recent picture.
• Ask why? As well as there being many men looking for younger women, and women looking for younger men, there are also people from other countries looking to meet someone especially in the US or Canada as a way to get out of their country and into another.
• Never give out your personal information.
• Do not send them money regardless of their reason. There are lots of stories about those that claim that they gave all their money away saving the world, or have lost their money, plane ticket, or whatever. I’m sure that you get the idea!
If you are looking to meet someone be truthful in your own profile but don’t give too much away and hopefully you will find others that are also genuine. When you are going to meet someone for the first time get as much information as possible and let someone know who you are meeting and where you are going.
Stay Safe!

About Author Shirley Price :

Shirley  lives in Vancouver Canada. She has trained and certified in NLP, EMDR, and started with Life Coaching back in 1997. She has developed and presented workshops on various toopics includingplanning a life in reitrement. Shirley is the publisher of a website for the over 50s . To get your free report on planning a Life in Reitrement and read other articles for the over 50s. Head over to <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

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