Age Advantage In Dating

The age advantage in dating may come as a surprise to younger people reading this. This is especially useful because Internet dating is becoming more and more popular - even with people in their 60s. You may think that online dating is something only suited for people in their 20s and early 30s, and as you scan through the pages of people on such sites, you may have a point. However, there’s no reason why the more mature single person in their 40s and beyond can’t enjoy the thrills that come with meeting new people over the internet. After all, the fact that mature dating exists proves that there’s no age limit on love. 

Age advantage in dating


Meeting new people in search of romance, friendship and companionship can be just as fun later in life as it was earlier on. In addition to this, an older person can enrich the relationship in a way that most younger daters can't. I'm sure you'll agree with the following:
  • Older people bring their social expertise to the date. They're usually wiser and life's experiences give them a lot to talk about together. 
  • Age advantage in dating manifests itself in several positive ways. One of them is that the difficult areas of life have (usually) been already dealt with: no young kids, no house-buying, no job-hunting. Older people generally have a lot more time to put into the date and potential relationship.
  • Older people who're dating have the advantage of being more financially secure, so the relationship can be based on the things that matter, rather shallow elements like money, nice cars and wealth.
  • Older daters usually know what they want from relationships. They've had time to learn from their experiences. They waste less time working out who they are and what they want from a potential spouse. 

What do do when going back on the dating game

  • Get family and friends to help you identify your qualities if you're not confident enough to put them on your online profile.
  • Do include a picture in your profile. As far as possible, use a professional picture - one that will show you in your best possible light.
  • Fill out your profile completely - even if you have to get help to do so. An incomplete profile doesn't get half as many views and interests. Besides, you may be neglecting your most attractive features.
  • Even though you've got the age advantage in dating you still need to be careful. Don't give out personal information and always date in public places.
  • Don't settle for less than you want. You've waited this long, what's another year? If you feel that you're targeted or bullied, tell someone. Don't bear this on your own. All online dating sites have moderators. You'll be helping the entire community by standing up for yourself.

How to increase your chances of finding a match

Always include a photo on online dating sites – research shows that people’s top pet–hate with online dating is someone without a picture so make sure you’re not ruling yourself out straight away by not uploading one.

Check your profile – make sure that once you’ve written your profile you edit it to make sure that it all makes sense and there are no spelling or grammar errors, again these can instantly put some people off. Even better - get someone else to check your uploaded profile for you. 

Honesty is the best policy – we all like to use some creative license when writing about ourselves but make sure that everything you write is honest; remember you’re looking for a companion who shares the same interests as you, so there’s no point lying and potentially ruining your chances.

Know what you want – before you even sign up to a dating website make sure you know what you’re looking for. It might help to write a list of the qualities or interests that you’d like that person to have so that you can make this clear on your profile.

If you’re still not sure whether you’re ready to take the plunge back into dating then why not take a look at some datingsuccess stories and see what might be waiting for you. 

If you'd like to see what else the Relationship Blog has to offer, we invite you to read our Love Relationship Help page and Relationship with friends and family articles. Please do leave your comment below if you have any additional helpful advice for older people who're dating online. Please also share this article on your favourite networking sites, or with someone you think can use it. Thank you.


Sylviane Nuccio May 31, 2012 at 4:45 PM  

Hello Anne,

While I do not look for dating anyone at this time, I may know some people who would be interested in reading about the dating tips you are giving over here.

Thanks for this very insightful post as I am sure many people can take adbantage of.

Have a great day :)

Anne Lyken-Garner May 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM  

HI, Sylviane. Thank you for your kind comment and for sharing the post. I appreciate it.

Harleena Singh June 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM  

Absolutely Anne!

Though I am happily married and not on the look out for dates or dating sites, but the information shared here is surely going to help many people who are ready for dates.

Yes indeed, age holds no bar as they say, and I have also noticed the growing trend among the elderly who are wanting to date, and all this does happen online. Either they have lost their spouse, or are separated and divorced mostly and generally looking out for companionship I guess.

You are absolutely right about the things you mentioned, the most important being of being honest about yourself. I think when you are online, you need to develop that trust in others so that they know you well enough and vice-versa, which is what forms the base of any relationship.

Thanks for sharing and discussing about how you can increase your chances of dating. :)

Anne Lyken-Garner June 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM  

Thanks for your input, Leena. I think, as you rightly said, the trust factor has to be there.

My sister is now happily married after meeting the man of her dreams online. So is a friend of mind from church, and believe it or not - my dad.

If they hadn't decided to trust these people they would've missed out on happiness.

Icy BC June 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM  

I am in this category, but happily being single.

Thanks for the tips to be brave and get out there.

Anne Lyken-Garner June 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM  

Happily single is good too, Icy. I think I would be just like you, were I single. Thanks for the visit.

Anne Lyken-Garner is a published author, editor and freelance writer. Her specialities include relationships and confidence building. You can find her inspirational memoir here.
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