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Dating tips for Baby Boomers...

Posted Mar 18 2011 1:45am

Internet dating Are you single and hoping to get into a new relationship? Looking for love and companionship isn’t something that goes away, simply because you’re getting a bit older.

Whether it’s getting back on track to finding a new, passionate relationship, or simply wanting some companionship, there's no reason for you to shy away from the idea of dating again.  Despite this, getting back into the dating scene after a long absence may, initially, feel quite awkward, so, in this article, I’ve listed a few of the top single Baby Boomer dating tips that should, hopefully, help you get the ball rolling. 

Consider Giving Online Dating a Chance

Some Baby Boomers reject the idea of looking for love in cyberspace. It may be because of the fact that they're not used to the technology, or simply because the whole idea isn’t something they’re comfortable with. Today, the Internet provides various websites that cater to online older or senior dating and these are a great place to get your feet wet. 

To begin, try looking for online sites that you trust and feel 'at home' with. Once you’ve browsed around a bit and are familiar with how the site works, don’t be afraid to start making new connections.  Make sure you stay safe though and, if you start to feel uncomfortable with the direction that an online encounter is taking, just use your option to click away and browse elsewhere... 

Remember That First Dates Are Hardly Ever Perfect

In order to spare yourself from possible disappointment or frustration, try not to expect too much from your first date.  Use this occasion as a chance to meet someone new, and take things from there — you may want to see each other again, or you may want to keep moving forward in search of someone you have more of a spark with. 

Lunch is Great Way to Start

You may want to have your first date in a less pressured atmosphere. Instead of going out to dinner, ask your date if he or she prefers to have the date over lunch, or maybe even breakfast or brunch. These meals tend to be much more relaxed.  If you're feeling really skittish, you could suggest just meeting for coffee.  That way, if you get on with your date and want to spend more time with them, you could propose extending your coffee date into a visit to a gallery or museum and see how things go. 

Avoid Movie Dates

It's probably best to avoid movie dates, or any activity that doesn’t require much talking. You won’t be able to get to know each other if your attention is focused elsewhere. Try doing something that requires you to talk so that you can begin learning more about one another. Pick an activity that both of you will enjoy – maybe a walk in the park or a picnic. 

Don’t Compare

Try not to compare your date with your previous relationships and/or exes - we're all different and we all have something to offer.  Just think, meeting someone new might bring a whole new dimension to your life and, if your companion really doesn't turn out to be your 'cup of tea', just thank them nicely for their company, wish them luck in their search for love and use what you learned from the date to 'tweak' your idea of what WOULD work for you.  

Getting back into dating when you're no longer in the first flush of youth may, initially, seem like quite a daunting task.  However, if you stay relaxed and open (whilst still keeping your wits about you and trusting your instincts), you can really start to have fun.  So, when setting off on a date, make sure you leave the doubt and fear at home and, instead, approach Baby Boomer dating as the beginning of an exciting new chapter in your life.

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