Friday, May 18, 2012

It's Not Your Mother's World Anymore

"It's Not Your Mother's World Anymore"," Only problem is, you're also a SINGLE older adult.

For most people, they begin dating in their teens, meet Mr. Right
 Or so the story goes.
 The cold hard reality of life is, things don't always go that smoothly.
5 kids, and the family dog.
 Once a person turns 25 or even 30, and they're still single, they begin to panic.
 If they've been married and subsequently divorced, the dating scene seems even bleaker and more frightening than it did before.
 You're no longer thrust into a school setting everyday where it's possible to meet all different kinds of people.
 Or are they? With the 21st century has come an explosion of online dating services, the majority of which can be labeled as credible.
 The trick is to find what works for you.
 If you are looking for something more serious and long-term, there are sites for that as well.
 You aren't going to find Prince Charming by sitting at home, because chances are he doesn't know your address.

If you decide to give online dating a try, there are some things you need to know in order to be successful as well as to keep yourself safe.
 For most people this seems like a daunting task, but it really isn't.
 Most sites frown upon giving out your email address, and some sites even prohibit it.
 When it comes to writing about yourself, be as honest as possible without scaring people off.
 That piece of info can come later, once you're in a serious, committed relationship.
 You can also keep your salary info confidential, if you so choose.
 Once that's done, the next step is the personal meeting.
 Plan this meeting accordingly.
 If they balk at the thought of meeting in public, then you should balk at the idea of getting involved with them.
 Once you get home, double check to make sure no one has followed you.
 While this isn't intended to make you paranoid, it IS intended to keep you safe.
 Always keep this in mind when it comes to using online dating services.
 If you're a regular attendee of a church, then meeting someone there means that you both have at least one thing in common.
 While no one should be able to dictate who you can and cannot date, work relationships can pose problems both personally as well as professionally, especially if the relationship doesn't work out.
 Last but not least, taking a class is yet another way of meeting someone who is like-minded.
 In order for this to work, you need to find something that you would love to learn more about.
 It doesn't matter if the subject is diamond-cutting, engine repair, or how to raise tropical fish, if you are confident and knowledgeable about the subject matter with a like-minded person, things are bound to get in the way.