Finding Love, Companionship and Friendship at Any Age
This year has been so strange in many ways and hard for all of us. In some ways, it must have been easier for people who live with partners or family members as loneliness will not have been an issue. For single people, of all different ages, the year has had big bouts of loneliness when lockdown has made it difficult to get out and socialise with other people that you know as well as limiting the opportunity to meet new people.
Dating and looking for love has changed in many ways this year. The Internet has been very useful as always and with online dating available, you can still chat to people and get to know each other from a far, before a socially distanced date, perhaps.
Online dating is not for everyone and if you’re a bit older it can feel a bit odd as it’s so different from the dating you remember. Choosing an age specific site can be great for these situations. If you’re over 50 and want to connect with people of a similar age, check out an over 50 dating website to only chat to this age group and narrow down the people to check out for potential dates or meet ups.
Dating when you’re older can be different for many reasons. Maybe you’re divorced or widowed and haven’t been single and dating for many years, even decades. The dating scene looks different today and that can feel uncomfortable when you’re just starting to think about finding love again. Modern dating can feel complicated compared to how things used to be.
Some aspects of being older is great for dating though. Older people are usually more confident and know what they want and don’t want, and this can be really useful when dating. People tend to grow more comfortable in their own skin as they age which shows and is an attractive feature.
Below are a few tips that will help you feel comfortable and confident:
- Don’t rush! Don’t rush anything. Take your time getting to know someone by chatting online or on the phone before deciding whether you’d like to meet up in real life.
- Plan a fun activity date. When you’ve decided to meet up with someone, plan an activity to do that is entertaining and will help you both relax. Meeting over a meal or a coffee is better once you know each other a bit more. Doing something more active will help keep conversation flowing and avoid awkward silences.
- Stay safe. Just because you’re older, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell someone where you are and when you’re expected back. Tell a friend or family member about your plans. Always meet up in public while you’re getting to know each other too.
Love, companionship and friendship is important to all of us and this year I think we all value these things a bit more. These are things that cannot be taken for granted and things we actively need to look for and nurture to enjoy in our lives. With websites tailored to your specific needs helping you find love, companionship or friendship (or all of the above), it’s all a little bit easier.