The Truth About Online Dating Over 50: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Dating in your fifties warrants some very different rules of engagement.

If you’re 50+ and looking to dip your toes in the online dating pool, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

1. No Pressure => Dating is a Lot More Fun than You Remember

Dating in your twenties and thirties can be exhausting. Pressure to start a family or fear of commitment can turn dating into a chore.

But the beauty of dating in your fifties is that  relationships don't usually come with the same expectations or stresses.

And this leaves opportunities to get to know a lot more people far more intimately, minus the hesitancy caused by self-imposed dealbreakers. 

But where to start?

If you’re looking for a popular dating site, try Zoosk​ which has millions of members worldwide and uses Behavioral Matchmaking to get to know your likes and dislikes.

Even better - they take safety very seriously. Their innovative Photo verification tools like the ‘7 second selfie’ video - which ensures all profile photos are real - leave singles feeling confident that there'll be no big surprises on date #1.

If you’re looking for a more selective pool, try Elite Singles, which matches singles based on an in-depth personality profile. 

You might find that someone you would’ve never dated in your past is just the kind of person you need right now.

And those surprising and unexpected discoveries are exactly what make online dating so exciting. 

2. It’s Not Always About Finding “The One”

It's very rare to meet someone who checks off all the boxes of qualities you want in a partner.

So you find someone who fits most of what you're after and learn to live without the rest. 

But dating in your fifties means not having to find one person who can give you almost everything. For many, especially those seeking companionship, it’s okay to have multiple “plus ones” for different needs. 

Maybe that's a travel buddy who shares your adventurous side, an email relationship with someone in another state, a dinner companion who’s always up for trying that new restaurant…

If you’re clear about your intentions from the start, you’ll find that many people are receptive to these kinds of relationships.

3. Go Niche to Feel More Comfortable

Even though online dating is picking up speed among the 50+ crowd, it’s common to feel like an outsider looking in on the young and beautiful and flirtatious. 

Niche sites - aimed at specific subsets of the dating population - are a great way to take control of the dating process and increase your chances of meeting someone amazing. 

On a site like OurTime, which is aimed at singles 50+, you’ll save a lot of time and energy knowing you won’t be matched with someone fifteen years your junior who doesn’t share your hobbies or interests.

Because who has time for that?

4. Or Go General and Filter for What You Want

Even the most popular dating sites will let you filter by almost anything you want.

On Zoosk these filters include age, and lifestyle and expand all the way to religion and income. 

On Elite Singles, their personality profile implements its own matching filters, gauging the level of importance of a variety of factors you might be looking for in a partner - from how adventurous to how sensitive to how outgoing your ideal mate might be. 

5. And Remember - Everyone's Doing It

Online dating is no longer a young kids game. The pool of senior singles is expanding rapidly, and even though this generation hasn’t grown up with online dating being as prolific as disco music, singles 50+ are still embracing the realm wholeheartedly. 

Even Martha Stewart announced that she was taking her search for love to Match.com - a dating site favored by a lot of 50+ singles for their emphasis on compatibility and personality-based matchmaking. 

So if you're ready to go all in on online dating, give some of our favorite dating sites a try.