At any age, dating can be a daunting prospect. The idea of getting to know someone all over again and allowing yourself to be vulnerable with someone new can be particularly jarring to those over the age of 50. But it needn’t be! Beginning to date again above 50 is a great position to be in because you have already had the time to establish who you are and what you are looking for in a partner.
Life expectancy is on the rise and it has never been easier to date and meet new, likeminded people. More and more older people are looking towards the internet as they age to meet a partner. This is because opportunities in their already established environment have diminished due to a variety of external factors.
Most of over 50 daters are not dating for purposes of mate selection. The primary reason for finding love over 50 has been cited as a want for companionship. When dating at a later stage in life there is the consideration of their adult children in some cases. Qualitative research suggests that although adult children encourage opposite-sex friendship they are often opposed to serious relationships. This is important to bear in mind when making the decision to start dating again, it is certainly worth an open and honest conversation with your children.
There is also the consideration of the health of both partners. A lot of over 50s shy away from dating as they may have to consider having to become a long-term carer for their partner. There is also data that suggests social norms restrict over 50s choosing to date. For example, norms prohibiting dating soon after the death of a spouse. All these things should be considered but should not put you off dating if it is something you want to do. Just take the time to go through all these eventualities and decide what it is you really want out of companionship and start where you are comfortable.
It is important if you want to start dating again, to stay social. Those who have active social lives are much more likely to date no matter what the form of social interaction. Being online is difficult to navigate but it can be an amazing way to meet people with similar interest. There are a lot of fantastic sites out there designed to meet someone for friendship or something more. Over 50s have the privilege of knowing exactly what they want and being able to bring these desires to their romantic lives. Online dating allows you to set a criterion for what you are looking for and so you won’t have to spend endless nights going on dates that do not lead anywhere. Below are some of our favourite over 50s dating sites for singles in the UK:
- Our Time – Over 50s Dating.
- Silver Singles – For single Muslims over 50.
- Friends First – Christian singles site.
The dating scene has changed dramatically for LGBT+ members and so we must consider our approach to dating differently. 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. Understand what it is you want out of a relationship and when you’re comfortable – go for it.