For any over 50s looking to move into the dating game, here are some handy hints to help you get out there and flirt with the best of them, both online and offline.

Technological advances have provided new and exciting ways for people to meet others for dating, and this is no more true than for the over 50s who are taking advantage of everything social media, smartphones and the internet have to offer.

 

1. Smartphones are your dating bible

From everyday applications, such as Facebook and Twitter, to dating giants, such as Tinder, the modern mobile phone provides the perfect platform for honing your flirting skills in a comfortable environment.

With some studies suggesting that 50% of all relationships could begin on the Internet in some form over the next 20 years, this is one dating arena that is sure to grow.

 

2. Remember where you came from, don't be scared of your past

If you have previous marriages and children don't shy away from the fact and know that if you have found love before, regardless of how or why it ended, it can happen again.

Indeed, if you have never had a serious relationship don't be scared to look for love, it’s never too late to find someone to share your life with.

 

3. Don't be scared to commit

If you have been hurt in the past, try not to let this affect your future dating life—what's gone is gone and love is much more likely to be in the air if you grab life by the scruff of the neck and move on with a confident drive that anyone would find attractive.

 

4. Have conversation starters in mind

Thinking of topics to talk about on a first date is tough for anyone, but especially so if you're nervous. Pick five things you think will make for good conversation and throw them into the mix if you feel the date drifting away from you.

 

5. Make sure you're on your best behaviour

Striking a balance between being yourself and maybe not letting your bad habits or worst features show at that first meeting can be a fine balance—you want your date to be natural, so, as long as you remember to be polite and respectful, it's OK to let some of your quirkier side out.

 

The world truly is your oyster when getting back into the dating game, whatever your age. Positive thinking can make all the difference. If you focus on the exciting opportunity to meet new people, learn new things and maybe meet the man or woman of your dreams, you'll soon realise the parts that might scare you, should actually be part of what pushes you to jump in at the deep end and maybe find the love of your life!

 

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