More and more singles over 50 are turning to online dating because it isn’t as intimidating as trying to meet people organically when you go out.People are finding that when they join a free dating site, they are more relaxed and it is easier for them to be themselves. After a month of “emergencies”, Peter* became suspicious and researched his cyber crush.
For those of us looking to start dating again over the age of 50 it can be a daunting prospect.
Divorces, separations and the loss of loved ones can leave us feeling unsure of how to proceed and questioning whether we should at all.
There was a time when online dating carried a negative stigma. “After I cut him off, he wrote me a mean text that no one will want me if I’m stingy with money. He wasn’t looking for love; he was looking to be taken care of financially.” Looking back on the cyber courtship, she admitted she ignored red flags -- like the speed at which her suitor tried to move their relationship. The woman he believed he was in a relationship with did not exist.
Over the years, however, using the Internet to find your future mate has become commonplace. When he confronted the woman, she admitted to stealing a friend’s Facebook pictures and creating a false identity because she did not feel her real persona was attractive enough.
After a few email conversations back and forth we had our first meetup at a Cambridge garden centre and both hit it off!
We are both very much in love with Jesus we got and married this year and the two of us have enjoyed being together every moment. Every day for about a month, they would talk for hours on the phone, constantly exchanging emails and photos. I would never online date again.” Another web dater, who also asked that his identity be withheld, is a 52-year-old single man who told Fox how he clicked with a woman who claimed to be in her final year of medical school.One member of that group, who asked that her identity be withheld, is a recently divorced 51-year-old mother of three who told Fox how she met a man on a popular dating website – but that in a matter of a few days, their online courtship went offline. People who are scamming really prey on people who are vulnerable, and people over 50 are more vulnerable.” The most common online dating frauds are catfishing – someone who uses social media to create false identities to deceive – and other financial scams.“At first, we went out to public places, and it wasn’t until after he spent the weekend at my house that he revealed he was living on his friend’s couch,” she said. “Financial scammers are motivated by money,” Davis said.Are you over 50 and thinking about trying online dating?