User: Password:
   Keep me logged in.
Register  |  I forgot my password

Over 40 and Single  - Article Details

Dating Tips For Middle Aged People

Date Added: March 11, 2014 01:09:18 AM
Author: Julie Peterson
Category: Dating Advice

Dating Tips For Middle Aged People


If you are recently divorced or widowed, and are an aging boomer who hasn't dated in years; if you can barely remember what dating was like except a fuzzy memory of being young, happy and free, then you may be wondering how dating at middle age is different. This article talks a little about dating for middle aged people.

I am almost 50 and was recently thrown back into the middle aged dating pool when my husband came out of the closet. While I was married I often missed dating since marriage usually seemed so predictable and boring. The idea of being chased by a new man and discovering everything about him seemed so much more exciting then yet another date night where my husband and I ran out of things to talk about since we had heard every story we ever had after 20 years.

I was unpleasantly surprised to find that there were a lot of bad things about dating that I had forgotten about when I started dating again:

1. Being judged on your looks
I was used to being judged at the store by what was in my wallet or at work by what was in my brain, but is had been WAY too long since I was judged on my looks. And those looks were not so great as 20 years ago!

2. Liking someone more than they like you
This is VERY painful and if you haven't experienced it in many years and are still reeling with grief from a death or divorce it can cut like a knife.

3. No regular intimacy
Let's face it, when you are married you get regular physical intimacy pretty much on demand, even if it is not that great it is still something.

4. Loneliness
You have to hope you get a date and if not you are faced with finding someone friend to do stuff with on the weekend or weeknight. I have found meetup.com to be a great resource for me as well as a way to meet other middle aged singles who are in the same boat.

5. Courtship rules
It is best to go slow, even though you may want to go right back to where you were in your marriage while it was good. This means letting information about yourself out slowly and slowing down the dating process so you are not like a kid eating too much candy all at once and getting sick. If you are used to sharing everything with your spouse, this may feel strange. Also letting the guy pay may be weird. I found myself automatically grabbing for the check at the restaurant since I was the bookkeeper in my family. If you are a feminist and used to bossing men around at work, passively waiting to be asked out on a date may feel awful.

So what is new for us at middle aged that we have not forgotten about:

1. Online dating
There is a whole new world out there and it is like Facebook for daters. I thought as soon as I posted my profile I would be flooded with date offers. While that may be true for some, the offers are not always what you want. You have to have a lot of patience for the right date offer to come along.

2. Functionality issues
Let's face it, everything does not work as well as it used to for men. This may be especially embarrassing on a date and will keep men from feeling comfortable going on a date. Men often think that dating way below their age will solve the problem, but this idea has it's own set of problems such as commonality and whether to start another family.

3. Bad man to woman ratio
Men start to die off in middle aged, sadly, and this leaves way more women than men in the singles pool. By age 60 some estimates show there is 1 single man for every 2 women.

Find more articles about middle aged dating at DatingAdvice.cc

Latest Articles

Online Dating and the Importance of Grammar

No, you didn't misread the title. This is actually an article all about the importance of grammar and spelling in online dating. You'd be surprised at the number of people who slip up on this and perhaps miss out on countless dating opportunities!

[Read more]

Enjoy Single Life - 5 Activities to Spice Up Your Single Life

Desperate and unhappy singles are missing a lot in their life. Stated below are 5 suggestions on how to make the most of your "me time."

[Read more]

Enhancing Romance With Lingerie

Everyone's heard the best way to a man's heart is through their stomach, and maybe that's the way many women get their man's attention or try to. There's other ways to enhance your romance, though, you can excite more than his taste buds with....

[Read more]

Dating After Divorce - Don't Date From the Sidelines

After six months together, you are not dating any more. You are in a relationship. All that holding off, holding back, letting the man lead stuff that is appropriate during the initial dating period softens with time. Women start acting more....

[Read more]

Relationship Advice - Warning Signs of Abuse

Couples are bound to have disagreements and even arguments from time to time. Unfortunately, things can sometimes escalate way beyond trying to get you to agree with your boyfriend's point of view, and the relationship can actually become abusive.

[Read more]

Reviewing Mistakes That Men Make at Dating

Sometimes certain men like to think of themselves as a pro at taking on the ladies, but that isn't necessarily true. Retaining an inflated ego only interferes with a person's ability to really and truly evaluate himself. Regardless of personal....

[Read more]

Solo Travel Destinations: New Places to Travel Alone: Part 3: Scotland

Are you looking for a new solo travel destination that is affordable, safe and easy to reach? Look no farther than Scotland. Its long, rich history, opportunities for ecotourism and welcoming spirit will make for a great vacation.

[Read more]

The Art of Mentalism and Seduction

Mentalism is a form of persuasion that has been used for centuries. Practitioners of this art form seek to influence their clients and subjects by loosening their grip on reality. Although traditional mentalism (astrology, clairvoyance, telekinesis..

[Read more]

10 Rules Everyone Should Know About Online Dating

Online dating is an exciting frontier, filled with possibilities around every corner - but before you begin returning those enticing emails, there are 10 rules you should abide by. Your love life may be stalled for a number of reasons.

[Read more]

Personal Background Checks: 4 Types of Dating Disasters You Can Avoid

Personal background checks are gaining more and more popularity in the online dating world. Currently background checks are not a standard procedure used by dating sites and this leaves a lot of uncertainty about the true identity of the people...

[Read more]

Latest articles
Online Dating and the Importance of Grammar
No, you didn't misread the title. This is actually an article all about the importance of grammar and spelling in online dating. You'd be surprised at the number of people who slip up on this and perhaps miss out on countless dating opportunities!

Enjoy Single Life - 5 Activities to Spice Up Your Single Life
Desperate and unhappy singles are missing a lot in their life. Stated below are 5 suggestions on how to make the most of your "me time."

Enhancing Romance With Lingerie
Everyone's heard the best way to a man's heart is through their stomach, and maybe that's the way many women get their man's attention or try to. There's other ways to enhance your romance, though, you can excite more than his taste buds with....

Dating After Divorce - Don't Date From the Sidelines
After six months together, you are not dating any more. You are in a relationship. All that holding off, holding back, letting the man lead stuff that is appropriate during the initial dating period softens with time. Women start acting more....

Relationship Advice - Warning Signs of Abuse
Couples are bound to have disagreements and even arguments from time to time. Unfortunately, things can sometimes escalate way beyond trying to get you to agree with your boyfriend's point of view, and the relationship can actually become abusive.