On Life and Love After 50: The Challenges of Senior Dating During the Pandemic – Dana Point Times
By Tom Blake
For years, I’ve stated the best way for single seniors to meet potential mates is to get off the couch and out of the house.
However, that advice hasn’t been very useful over the past six months. We’ve been quarantined and encouraged to stay home. So, how do singles meet new people?
Choices are limited. Senior centers are closed, and the senior Meet and Greets at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli in Dana Point are on hold.
And when we do go to a grocery store or any place indoors, we must wear a mask. It’s difficult to be social in such settings when faces are covered.
Internet dating has become the most useful dating tool in 2020. My email inbox is bombarded with online dating-site messages. An estimated 1,500 new dating sites have emerged this year. But do seniors really want to click on sites with names such as “Cobble,” “Pokerface,” “Say Allo,” “IsMyGirl,” “Live” (speed dating), or “Extreme age-gap?” Most likely not.
As the number of online sites has increased, so has the number of scammers. Seniors are targets for scammers. Many seniors are lonely, which makes them more vulnerable.