Are you a single senior? Are you considering dating? Many single seniors have shared their top fears with us in regard to 50 plus dating. Here are six of the top fears we have heard mentioned by friends and clients:
- Am I too old to date?
- Will my friends laugh at me or think I’m bad?
- Who would be attracted to me?
- What will my kids and grandkids think ?
- I don’t want to get married but I’d like to have a girlfriend or boyfriend.
- Will someone take advantage of my money?
Here are a few tips to consider, if these fears consume you:
Am I too old to date?
According to Bowling Green State University:
People may think that online dating is only for the young but individuals over the age of 60 are the fastest growing demographic in online dating.
Will my friends laugh at me or think I’m bad?
Talk with your friends about this new adventure you’re on. Chances are, some of your friends are also considering dating if they have lost a spouse to death or divorce. You may find that it’s easier to talk about this than you had previously assumed.
Who would be attracted to me?
When you make a choice to be honest and clear in your dating profile, you’ll hopefully attract the right mate (someone who is attracted to your style, personality and temperament). Seniors, unlike younger dating candidates, are more likely to tell the truth on their dating pages. They don’t have time to waste and by the time seniors have reached the 50 plus stage, they are no longer interested in dating games: truth trumps games. Be honest and authentic.
What will my kids and grandkids think?
Truth be told, your own children will probably be happy for you and your grandchildren likely won’t think twice about it (they are too busy living their own lives, right?).
I don’t want to get married but I’d like to have a girlfriend or boyfriend.
According to research, a large portion of seniors are dating for companionship, traveling buddies and simply for fun! Don’t assume that everyone you date will want to marry – that’s not the case.
Will someone take advantage of my money?
Be careful and wise about your finances. If you begin dating someone and they question you about finances, this could be a red flag. Some fellow seniors may want to know that you don’t come to the relationship full of financial baggage and debt but that would be of more concern if marriage is being discussed. Don’t share your personal information with anyone you’ve just met and keep your private matters private – until you feel safe and secure in your new relationship.
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