Over-50 singles might have the best luck online – USA TODAY

Over-50 singles might have the best luck online – USA TODAY


Older man and woman dining out

For the newly single person older than 50, online dating can seem a bit sketchy, even embarrassing.

But if you’re waiting for friends to set you up with a compatible companion, think again. Chances are good that they don’t know anyone who fits the bill. The truth is if you really want to find a soul mate, you have to make your own luck. And that may mean taking the plunge into online dating.

“When you’re younger there’s a lot of luck involve and a bigger pool of people,” says sociologist Pepper Schwartz, a sex and relationship expert and author of AARP’s Dating After 50 for Dummies. “The pool is online (when you’re over 50).”

Schwartz — a mentor on Lifetime’s Married at First Sight — met her husband on a dating site when she was in her 60s. She advises people 50 and older to join a site that requires a membership fee. “These make for better behavior because they keep credit cards on file,” she says.

Taking the first step

If the last time you dated was in the 1980s, the online dating scene can seem overwhelming. Dating past 50 can be daunting, and the odds are you won’t meet your perfect partner right away. You’ll meet a mix of people, interesting and boring. You’ll reject some potential suitors, and some will reject you.

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