Dating can be a daunting prospect, no matter your age. However, dating over 50 can be even more of a challenge. The idea of putting yourself out there and getting to know new people can be particularly jarring to those over a certain age, but this needn’t be the case! Dating in your 50s, 60s, or even alter is a great position to be in. After all, you’ve already had the time to establish who you are and what you are looking for in a partner.
Thanks to modern technology, it has never been easier to date and meet new, likeminded people. More and more older people are turning to the internet to help them find a partner. Today, we’ll be sharing some great dating advice as well as the best dating sites for the over-50s.
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For most people who start dating over 50, companionship is their main aim. Loneliness is a serious issue affecting a huge number of older people in the UK, so it’s only natural to want some company, especially if you live on your own.
Unfortunately, some people feel unable to find dates once they reach a certain age. There is data which suggests that social norms may hold people back from dating over 50. For example, some people fear the disapproval of their friends and family if they start dating following the death of a spouse. There is plenty to consider, but don’t let this put you off dating if it is something you want to do. Just take the time to consider what you’re looking for and go at your own pace.
If you don’t know your Tinder from your Bumble, we’re here to help. Here is some online dating advice for over-50s.
When it comes to internet usage, the generation gap is quickly closing. More and more people of all ages are using the internet every day – and online dating sites continue to grow. There are a lot of fantastic sites out there, designed to help you meet new people. Online dating sites allow you to specify exactly what you are looking for, helping you find people you’ll be compatible with. This in turn will help you avoid going on dates that do not lead anywhere.
There are also plenty of sites which cater to people with specific backgrounds or interests, such as religion, ethnicity, and sexuality. Below are some of our favourite over 50s dating sites for singles in the UK:
- Our Time – Over 50s Dating.
- Silver Singles – Exclusively for over 50s.
- Friends First – Christian singles site.
The dating scene has changed dramatically for LGBT+ people in recent years. The UK has come a long way for LGBT+ rights with the legalisation of gay marriage and the Equality Act (2010). There are great ways to meet people online and even some live events. Here are our favourite LGBT+ friendly dating sites:
- Gay Tryst – Gay Dating Site for Men.
- Zoosk – Lesbian-friendly dating website for Christians.
- Eharmony – LGBT+ friendly dating website.
If you are are interested in starting a new relationship then take the time to discuss your options with those close to you. Think about what you want out of a relationship and when you’re comfortable – go for it.
Note: we updated this article on 23/03/21 to include the latest information.
Originally published 06/03/20.