Why You're Never Not Too Old to Try Online Dating

Ken Solin
Why You're Never Not Too Old to Try Online Dating
There’s some major truth in the old adage that you’re only as old as you feel. At 70, I’m still going strong. I write every day, I’m learning to be a voice actor, I’m in a sweet, loving relationship, I have a half dozen friends I’m in constant contact with, I go to the gym 5 days a week, and I have a life outside of my relationship.

Frankly, I just don’t have time to think about feeling old, and if I did have more time, I wouldn’t waste it pondering getting older. No matter how old you are, you still have a life ahead of you, and if you’re divorced or widowed, you’ve probably thought about not spending it alone. That’s a good first step. A good second step is signing up for one of the best online dating sites for seniors, because as the following 5 reasons illustrate, you’re never too old to start dating online.

1. Nothing Is Out Of Reach

Assuming you’ve taken reasonably good care of yourself, there’s little that’s out of your reach, and that includes falling in love with someone you meet online. Your activity level typically reflects your energy and verve for life. If you’re incredibly active then you’re on a good path, and if you’re not, it’s never too late to get on that path. There are lots of activities you probably enjoy, but you’ll enjoy them more with someone you met and fell in love with. Sharing activities with a lover is one definition of joy.

2. There’s No Expiration Date for Sex

While television is filled with commercials for Viagra and Cialis that typically portray younger couples, their products do in fact work for seniors. Sex takes many forms, from cuddling to intercourse, and everything in between. Sex is the glue that holds relationships together on a physical level, and no matter how old a couple, it still brings lots of physical and emotional benefits. And since very few seniors are interested in casual sex, it’s likely that dating online is your best chance to meet a life partner with whom you can enjoy sex. For many seniors sex is reason enough to date.

3. Online Dating Put the Ball in Your Court

The older seniors become the fewer their chances to be introduced to someone special by friends. Seniors have to assume the responsibility for meeting a life partner, and online dating is the fastest, easiest, most direct method for accomplishing this. There are men and women dating online that are 80 plus, and many are meeting new love interests. It doesn’t happen every day, but it happens often enough to make it a real possibility. What’s certain is that if you don’t try, you won’t find love.

4. No Special Skills Required

If you’re spending much of your time at home alone you might want to consider building up the courage to put yourself online to date. In a recent survey, 60 percent of seniors over fifty reported they’re lonely, but this can be remedied with a little effort. Few over-50s are still uncomfortable going online, and most have at least basic computer skills, which is all that’s needed to date online successfully.

5. There Are Alternatives to Dinner Alone

Before I met my partner, dinner alone was typical. Whether or not every dinner out with a date was memorable, nearly all were more fun than eating alone. It’s emotionally unhealthy to sit at your kitchen table eating dinner alone every night. If you join a dating site, your chances of dining out at a restaurant or at your date’s home increase exponentially. No one is too old to share a dinner with a sweetheart.

Get Cracking

When I dated, I felt like a teenager again. My spirits soared and my heart raced when I met someone new online. And while I went on a myriad of dates before I met my partner, I also made some new friends whose company I still enjoy. If you feel young at heart and your spirits can still soar, you’re not only dateable, you’re desirable. The old chestnut that there’s someone for everyone isn’t wrong. Many seniors will find love again, or for the first time, dating online. It’s your best bet.

Ken Solin
Author and columnist Ken Solin is a boomer Dating Expert for The Huffington Post, AARP, and About.com. Solin also writes about boomer sex and relationships. Ken’s new book, The Boomer Guide To Finding True Love Online offers real-life boomer dating solutions based on Ken’s online dating experiences.