Love doesn’t come with an age restriction or expiry date. With the hope of giving love a chance again in their lives, people in their 60s are entering the dating scene more than ever before.
Dating apps and services catering to everyone are on the rise, and thus, you can easily find someone who is on the same wavelength as you, no matter what your age.
Read on as we give you some handy tips to help you navigate the dating scene over the age of 60.
Dos And Don’ts Of Dating Over 60
Dos Of Dating Over 60
Keep the following points in mind when entering or re-entering the dating scene. We hope these tips help you find a suitable partner with who you can genuinely connect on every level.
1. Feel like you belong
You may have many misconceptions about dating. You may feel it is a young person’s game and you don’t belong. However, these aren’t remotely true. There is no “right time” to date, and you should always see yourself as a worthy, viable partner for the right person. If you enter the dating scene with a positive self-image, you are likely to have better luck.
2. Be open to casual relationships
Some people assume that people dating at older ages want to settle down or only want to pursue long-term relationships. While this may well be the case in some situations, you should keep an open mind to something casual if you meet someone compatible. As long as you both are clear about the nature of the relationship and make no false promises, there is nothing wrong with a casual relationship.
3. Explore multiple platforms and services
When looking for the right partner, you need to cast your net wide. You should try multiple dating apps, sites, and services to give yourself the best chance of finding a good match. Different services have different USPs and modes of helping you find the right match, so do your research and pick the right ones. Ask friends familiar with the dating scene and see what they recommend would be a good fit for your needs.
4. Be open to opportunities
The right partner won’t only be out there on some apps or sites; they could be right in front of you at any time. Keep an open mind, and if you’re interested in someone you know, pursue a relationship with them and see where it leads. They could be friends, neighbors, or even co-workers — someone you think you can connect with. With the right mindset and a positive outlook, you can turn this relationship into something special. Some of the most successful relationships can come from people who are in your life but who you haven’t seen in a romantic context yet.
5. Be open about your past relationships
It’s natural for our past relationships to come up as a topic of conversation at some point while dating, particularly if you’re both at a similar stage in life. So, if your date wants to discuss your past partners, be open and conversational about it and be honest about the relationship and how it ended. It will help you demonstrate to your date that you are honest and open and have nothing to hide. Similarly, you can ask them about their past relationships if they are comfortable discussing them. This will lead to more honesty and trust between you and dissolve many barriers early on in the relationship.
6. Find people from your past
Sometimes, the right person could be someone you were with at some point and who is also in a similar place and circumstance like you now. Get in touch with them if you are interested in them or see them as a potential partner and reach out to them if possible. There are many advantages to finding romance with someone you already know, but it’s crucial you find out their situation (are they dating or single?) before approaching them.
7. Be open about being on the dating scene
People who have been out of the dating scene for quite a while tend to get embarrassed about it for fear of judgment. Pursuing a consensual adult relationship is not something that you should be ashamed of. Let people know you’re back on the dating scene, and they might even help set you up with someone.
8. Leverage the power of the Internet
While people traditionally tend to prefer being set up or introduced via common friends or mutual networks, you should always acknowledge the power of the Internet when it comes to connecting people. Shed your inhibitions and try out different sites, services, and apps and treat them as your close friends. Looking up dating guides or relationship articles can also be a step in the right direction if you’ve been out of the dating scene for a long time. It can prepare you for any changes in dating culture and equip you for any encounters and dates you may have in the future.
Don’ts Of Dating Over 60
The Internet has revolutionized the dating culture, with an app or service available for every kind of personality and preference. But this comes with a downside as well. While some people may try to exploit or scam you, others might show you an exaggerated or false side of them.
Keep the following tips in mind when dating online. When dating offline, you can always rely on references and friends to set you up.
9. Don’t be frivolous with your personal information
Many shady sites and questionable services may want to collect unnecessary personal information, such as your address or social security number. Keep your safety in mind when using public domain sites and services over the Internet and avoid any ads that seem untrustworthy or predatory.
10. Don’t be judgmental about people’s pasts
Never judge a date or a potential date for whatever reason. Love is something that should bring people together, free of judgment and without fear of opening up. People who confide in you do it with the trust that you will keep an open mind to their situation as they will to yours. It’s not uncommon to meet divorcees or widowers in your sixties, and you should afford them the same courtesy of not judging them before getting to know them as they would to you.
11. Don’t be careless when you meet someone
Remember, the Internet comes with its share of risks as well. Ensure you’re meeting who you think you are meeting beforehand. A video call would be a good way to verify if people are who they say they are online. Ideally, you should meet in a public place that is familiar to you both and try to build a rapport with each other. People often try to take advantage of people who seem unfamiliar with the dating scene, expecting them to be more gullible or less cautious. Prove them wrong by taking some necessary precautions.
12. Don’t rush into the relationship
Get to know your date a bit better before committing yourself to a relationship. Let the dating phase be all about getting to know each other and checking your compatibility. You do not want to come across as someone desperate.
13. Don’t give out payment information unless it’s a trustworthy source
Most dating services offer an initial basic package that is free. Regardless, do not give out your credit card information or passwords under any circumstances. If you decide to use a paid service, ensure it’s a trusted company or app and verify it with known people who use it. Ensure sites and apps don’t save your payment information or charge you for something you didn’t want to purchase.
14. Don’t compare your dates with your ex
If things didn’t work out with your ex, it was probably for a good reason. It’s perfectly natural to gravitate towards a particular type of person, but go outside your comfort zone and try to meet different types of people. The past is the past, and you need to look forward to a meaningful relationship. You might be pleasantly surprised at how compatible you are with someone different, or you might even realize that your ex was not your type at all.
15. Don’t be afraid of an age difference
While it might seem like there is no common ground and you are just too different from someone who is considerably younger, you should keep an open mind. Age is not an indicator of maturity, and there are many successful and happy couples with considerable age differences. It may even be refreshing to date someone whose outlook on things is quite different from yours. Perhaps, it could lead to many interesting and engaging conversations and experiences.
16. Don’t worry about what people think
As an older adult getting back into the dating scene, you might be apprehensive about what society thinks of you. You are the one who has to live your life and find your happiness. Your decisions and their consequences are solely borne by you, so there is no point living by some societal standards that do not apply to you. Date without fearing judgment and stigma, and you will find it a much more rewarding experience.
Entering the dating scene in your sixties can be intimidating. Navigating different dating sites, apps, and services can be demanding, but at the same time, it could prove to be a blessing as you have many options to find a suitable partner. If you’re not in the mood to try dating online, you could always ask some friends to help set you up, or try dating someone you already know. There is never a wrong time or age for love, and you have a right to companionship as much as anyone else out there.