Senior dating relationships
While most people on dating sites are genuinely looking for a spouse or companionship, some do have other motives. “I screen people out by insisting Saturday night is date night,” says Sandy Reynolds, 66, a retiree who lives outside Tampa, Florida.Maybe they’re married or just looking for cyber sex. Does the photo on the site match, or look like, other pictures that pop up in the search? “If they only want to meet mid-week, that’s a red flag.” Reynolds has been using online dating sites since 2008. Medical and technological advancements can help you live longer (and stay active in the bedroom). “Society recognizes that older people continue to need romance and sex and companionship,” says Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington, Seattle; love and relationship ambassador at AARP; and author of “Dating After 50 for Dummies.” “It’s the best time in history to be over 50 and dating.” But as you navigate the dating world—whether by choice or circumstance—you may find things have changed since you were last out there. Staying engaged in life means you’re meeting lots of new people.
At the age of 50 and up, seniors have been through many life experiences, which are unknown to the younger generation.Rarely, but sometimes, they have ulterior motives like theft. If they’ve shared a last name and say they had a certain job or attended a certain school, see if there’s a record. Reynolds twice has been the target of online scammers.Schwartz advises caution and the following steps: 1. “You have to beware of the guys who become amorous too quickly,” she says.Here’s what to watch out for and how to protect yourself.Senior Dating: Staying Safe Online Dating is easier than ever with the Internet.