Online dating may seem like an obvious route for younger generations, but a single guy friend of mine who’s in his fifties recently voiced his objection to this popular, powerful dating tool.
“I always thought I’d meet someone naturally,” he said.
These days, most 50-somethings surf the web and zip off emails just as easily as their younger counterparts, so the transition to the world of online dating is easy.
While they may hit a snag or two, such as not owning a digital camera, having trouble uploading their photo into their profile, or just feeling weird about “selling” themselves in 200 words or less, luckily there are plenty of places to go for help.
I, for one, helped my mother scan her photos so she could post them online; and Jeff, a 57-year-old from Milwaukee, leaned on his son with great results.
“I had no idea how to use a digital camera so I asked my son to take some pictures of me for my profile,” he says. Your kids always give you honest opinions (even when you don’t want to hear them! I have a better profile because of it.” The beauty of online dating is that it lets you search for any type of person you wish—it’s the perfect opportunity to find that person who’s a vegetarian or enjoys traveling as much as you do.
But don’t get caught up in your ideal, since you may be shutting out a slew of great potential mates.
Case in point: My mother Karen first began searching for men her age or a little older.
Many large online sites like offer technical support via email or an FAQ section.
Or, if you have computer-savvy kids or friends, don’t be afraid to take advantage of their expertise.