Age no barrier to finding love

Apparently it’s difficult for single, older Australians to get back into the dating game, find a partner and keep up to date with developments such as meeting people online. However, the opposite is often true: dating in your 50s, 60s and beyond is so much better than dating was when you were younger. Here’s why:

1. Clicking your way to love

As with any modern technology, there are plenty of complaints to be made about online dating. But let’s face it – it does make life so much easier. Not only does it take the hassle out of finding a suitable mate, it also helps you make contact in a safe and secure environment.

2. The future is wide open

When you’re young, dating is always connected to plans for the future. Sooner or later, you need to ask the big questions, such as ‘where is this going?’, ‘when will we move in together?’, ‘will we get married?’ and ‘do you want kids?’ Older people have been there, done that, and just want someone with whom to enjoy life.

3. No pressure

In your teens, twenties and thirties, everyone expects you to date – and eventually to find a partner. Being single for too long is viewed with suspicion, so every date is laden with pressure. Will this finally be ‘the one’? Can you introduce this guy or girl to your parents? Or, worst of all, will you end your days alone and lonely? Those with age and experience behind them can date without feeling that the eyes of the entire world are on them.

4. Plenty of time

Remember trying to make time for dates between work, socialising and family time? Ah, the beauty of being able to dictate what you want to do and when! Being able to please yourself often means you have more time to browse online dating websites, go on coffee dates in the middle of the day, meet several potential suitors before settling on the right match… and then enjoy each other’s company at leisure.

5. No fakes

Well, okay, fewer fakes. Unfortunately, age does not prevent cheats, liars and scammers from doing what they do, but there’s certainly fewer of them once you get past 60. After all, older adults know who they are, appreciate their place in the world and usually don’t have to impress anyone by pretending to be something they are not.

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