Unfortunately, scammers are common these days, particularly when it comes to online dating.
One type of scam is those ran by dating sites themselves. Some sites hire people to create profiles and interact on the site, and some use bots for this purpose.
In addition, there are people on the dating sites that are scammers.
These are a few red flags to watch out for when you are online dating:
They ask for money
They have a lot of spelling or grammar mistakes
No photos or only one very attractive photo
They fall in love very quickly
They make excuses not to meet
They sound too good to be true (rich, out of your league, etc.)
Learn to flirt
If you’ve been out of the dating scene for years or even decades, your flirting skills are going to be rusty.
The good news is, practice makes perfect. Practice starting a conversation and or flirting a bit with people you come into contact with.
It can be as simple as a flirty smile or eye contact. When you receive a positive response, it makes you more confident.
When you find someone you are interested in, you should be more confident flirting with them.
Don’t be afraid to make the first move
Making the move to ask out someone you like or going in for a kiss can be scary. However, it’s also worth it.
In today’s age, it’s perfectly acceptable for women to make the first move. Man or woman, if you want to make a move, do it.
Life’s too short to wait around hoping the other person will do it for you!
Be honest about who you are and what you want. Don’t post a picture of yourself from ten years ago.
Lying about your age is tempting. If you are 60-65, you may gain an advantage by claiming to be 59.
Keep it reasonable though. You don’t want any lie you tell to be immediately obvious. Most would find the age lie forgivable once they get to know you.
In most instances though, it’s best to be honest. Playing games should be long behind you, and if someone thinks you are lying, it will definitely put them off.
Be ready for a relationship
If you are seeking a relationship, be sure you are ready for one. Don’t carry past hurts into your next relationship.
You should be wiser for your past experiences, but not jaded. Give others a chance to show you who they are.
Never enter into a new relationship if you haven’t worked through your feelings about your past relationship.
If you are lonely, find new friends. Get a pet. Find a new hobby. Date when you are ready too. Only you know when that is.
Finding Over 60 Partners in Day to Day Life
Coffee shops are an excellent place to find a date. It’s a part of many people’s routine, particularly breakfast for older adults.
If you don’t get an opportunity to talk with someone you find interesting, try again tomorrow. It may be a part of their routine.
Dog parks are a great way to meet other singles. Dogs just have a way of breaking the ice.
It’s very easy to begin a conversation with someone about their dog, and then turn it to more personal matters.
If you don’t have a dog yourself, perhaps you have a friend or neighbor that would love some help walking theirs.
It may be cliche, but friends can be a great way to meet your next special someone.
Friends of friends are likely to be compatible with you in terms of social class, values, and interests. This goes a long way towards building a relationship.
The next time your friends offer to set you up, let them!
Museums and art galleries are excellent places to meet people. The best part is that there is also built in conversation starters.
When you see someone you might be interested in admiring something, just walk up and ask them about their thoughts on it.
If you enjoy reading, bookstores are another great place to find love. It’s also easy to begin a conversation about favorite books or authors.
You can also flirt by teasing them about what they are reading.
Over 60 Dating Sites
Silver Singles uses personality matching to help you find love over 60.
When you sign up, you’ll take a personality test. You’ll then be sent matches each day that are compatible with you.
Silver Singles is for those looking for a serious relationship, so you’ll only meet like minded singles on the site.
Ourtime is likely the best known senior dating site. It offers a lot of features, some of which require ad-on subscriptions.
You’ll receive about 10 matches each day. You can also search the site or play I’m Interested, which allows you to view photos and show interest in profiles.
In addition to email, you can text or call through the site without giving out your phone number. This is a great feature for those who are hesitant to give out their information.
Dating for Seniors
Dating for Seniors is an easy to use dating site.
You can use the site for free, but paid members have more search options, full profiles, and the ability to send and receive messages.
In addition to email messages, you can use instant messaging or chat in chatrooms on the site. This gives you several ways to get to know others.
The search options aren’t as thorough as some other sites. If you want a simple easy to use site, give Dating for Seniors a try.
However, more tech savy users may want to choose a different site.
Senior Match offers some great features for senior dating. One of these is the ability to try the site out and communicate with paying members as long as they initiate contact.
All profiles are reviewed and approved manually, which greatly reduces the risk of fake profiles on the site.
Search results have large photos and clearly display their distance from you, and paying members can also see the last time they logged in.
Singles Over 60
Singles Over 60 is the only dating site just for singles 60 and over. You’ll need a paid membership to access all of the sites features, but free members can send winks, ice breakers, comment on profiles and photos, and respond to emails sent by gold members.
Members can chat in forums, post blog posts, and write their own dating success stories. This gives the site more of a community feel than is found on many dating sites.