Saturday 23 September 2017

The Benefits of Online Dating in Later Life

Last Updated: 17 June 2021
Getting old is something that comes to all of us eventually, but by the time we get there, we are expected to have already sorted our lives out. Despite the sheer variety and diversity of experiences we are exposed to throughout life, for most people, the hallmark of a successful life remains the same as it has for centuries - a good job, marriage and children, leading to a comfortable retirement. But while this is the traditional approach, sometimes life just doesn't work out that way.

Sometimes it's hard to find the right person, or sometimes the right person is the one that got away. Sometimes you spend your life with someone only to find out that they're not the one for you; sometimes the right person is your biggest regret or most painful loss. Sometimes life just gets in the way of love.

The problem is, once you reach a certain age, it can be difficult to get back into the dating mindset. It's often said that dating is a young person's game and that dating as an older person is more daunting than exciting. However, this needn't be the case.

Not Just for the Young

Contrary to popular belief, there are many benefits of getting back into dating in later life. From better experience to knowing what you want out of both life and a potential relationship, dating as a mature person still has the power to give you butterflies. It's definitely possible to find your soulmate at any age!

Understandably, online dating sites may not be the first thing to spring to mind for older people looking for love, but they can be a great way for people of all ages to meet new people. Even better, as the demand for online dating is continually increasing, more and more sites are being set up to cater to specific locations and even the most niche personal tastes. There are plenty of ways for older individuals to meet like-minded people close to home.

Banish Loneliness for Good

Of course, online dating may not be for everyone. Some members of a certain generation will understandably feel much less welcoming towards the technology than a younger person would be, for example.

However, it's my belief that everyone should have the opportunity to fall in love and be loved in return. It's an amazing, unforgettable feeling - possibly one of the best in the world. And no matter whether you are young, old, or somewhere in between, there's nothing quite like the feeling you get when you first realise that you're in love.

At the end of the day, the message is simple - online dating isn't just for the young!

What are your thoughts about online dating in later life? Let me know in the comments below!

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