Dip a toe in the dating pool

Saga correspondent / 11 July 2012

Dipping a toe back into the dating pool after many years with the same person is undeniably a nerve wracking prospect, but don’t let that stop you from pursuing a new, happy relationship.

If you’ve been through a divorce or have been bereaved it can take a while to feel like meeting someone new and your confidence may be shaky, especially as you won’t have been on a date for a long while. Luckily, help is at hand: Saga Dating can provide you with a safe and friendly introduction back into the dating scene.

The myth abounds that online dating and social networking are for the younger generation, but in fact middle-aged and mature men and women are the group most likely to look to the internet for love, and therefore the ones most likely to find someone special. A study carried out by the Oxford Internet Institute shows that people aged between 40 and 69 are those using online dating sites most regularly. Once you pass a certain age the likelihood, and indeed the lure, of meeting someone in a bar or similar setting decreases and it can be hard to make the leap beyond your usual social circle and connect with new people. Saga Dating gathers all your potential dates together in one big, virtual soiree, meaning you can strike up new friendships and flirtations from the comfort and security of your own home.

If your confidence is low a dating site like Saga Dating is a great place to start. Writing your profile may feel a little strange, but it’s a great exercise in focussing on your good bits and sharing them with the world, which can only help your self esteem. One of the hardest parts will be choosing photos, as we all tend to be quite hard on ourselves when it comes to our looks. Ask a friend to choose with you as they will have an objective eye and will make sure you’re looking your best.

Once your profile is online you can take things at whatever pace suits you best. We always recommend being as proactive as possible as there’s a lot of competition and people get snapped up fast, but if you’re more comfortable taking things slowly, then by all means do so. Online dating puts you firmly in control, so you can play it however you want.

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