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The five best things about online dating

29 April 2015 ( 18 May 2020 )

There are lots of ways to get into the dating scene in your 50s. Perhaps you’ve tried speed dating? Or been set up by friends? Online dating is becoming increasingly popular – let's take a look at why it might be the best option out there.

Best things about online dating

1. It’s more cost-effective than going out to events on your own

Paying for a subscription for an online dating website can end up costing much less than continually going out to events in search of a new partner, and love. 

Organised dinner parties, singles events and meet-up opportunities such as tours and trips can start to break the bank after a while and potentially leave you feeling disappointed. Looking for dates from the comfort of your home can be fun as well as rewarding.

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2. You can narrow the field

When you’re searching through online dating profiles, a whole list of readily available information is at your disposal to help you narrow your search. Perhaps you don't like smokers, or people with pets? 

You can usually eliminate things like this from your search specifics, ensuring they never show up in your results. Opting to see only what you’re looking for makes accepting a date more enjoyable, and also makes the date more likely to lead to love.

3. You can get to know someone’s personality

Chatting to someone new online is a great way to gauge their personality and determine whether or not you might want to meet them face to face. You can usually get an idea of whether someone is likely to be compatible after a few emails and a bit of banter, or at least get to know enough about them to determine what is likely to irritate you. Life is short – if you’re not a match, it’s easy to move on.

4. You’ll meet more people than you ever expected to

Experimenting with online dating in your 50s can often open the door to a wider social circle and introduce you to people you might never have ordinarily met. Searching online can lead to a date with someone you never expected to even be talking to and if you don’t fall in love, you might just make a great new friend. The opportunities are endless.

5. You’ll grow your confidence exponentially

Dating in your 50s can be daunting, but the more you do it, the more you’re likely to enjoy it. Going out and meeting new people can be fun and bring a world of opportunities to your doorstep. You’ll find it improves your confidence, too. Watch those insecurities melt away as you interact with those who are fascinated by your wonderful, interesting and accomplished self. Love is on its way!

For more information about online dating over 50, check out our online dating tips , and advice for how to win at online dating.

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The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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