People who find themselves single later in life may start to wonder, “How do people even meet these days?” Perhaps you are newly single and considering dating again. Maybe your local pool of eligible singles has run dry. Or it’s very possible that the attempts to meet your match in bars or at social gatherings just aren’t going the way you would have hoped. Whatever the reason is that you find yourself still single, making the decision to sign up for a dating app can be daunting.
Swiping could seem impersonal. Profiles with limited text may seem shallow. Meeting up with a relative stranger for drinks at a local dive bar may make you uneasy. The downsides don’t change the facts: Dating apps have exploded in popularity, and there’s no longer stigma in saying, “We met online.” If you are planning on dipping your toe in the online dating pool, here is how to navigate all your options.
Realize now is the right time
Dating apps are not just for “young people.” There are apps and sites out there for everyone. According to Pew Research, 13 percent of people ages 45 to 54 and 12 percent of people ages 55 to 64 who were surveyed said they’ve used dating sites and mobile dating applications.
Pick a site or app that caters to the age range you are looking for
It will take a little work, but it will pay off to research and know the demographic that your chosen app caters to. If you don’t want to date someone who is older than 50 years old and a certain app is specifically for the 50-and-over crowd, you should know that in advance. Read up on a site or app’s “about” page to see if they have the type of connection you are looking for.
Use the settings to your advantage
You may not be looking for an age-specific app and want to stick with the larger, more general dating pool.