Recent analysis of responses to question in the last UK census suggest that up to 50% of the UK population could be single.
And the number of single males over 50 is increasing every year as the population ages.
So, if you are middle aged, male and single, what are your options if you want to join the dating game?
What’s Out There
So what advice is there for you if you want to date online?
Of course, there are many dating websites for you to choose from, and each offers its own unique angle.
Many of these websites are geared towards a particular demographic, and many cater specifically for you.
Getting Some Advice
First off, take some advice.
Learn from those who have been through what you’re going through and approach things with an expert eye.
Maybe you want to peruse this awesome list of advice for men over 50 from Joe Seldner over at The Huffington Post.
Or perhaps you want something a little more tailored to you, in which case you might want to read these Insider Internet Dating experiences.
Either way, you should read up before you head out there.
The online dating world can be daunting for anyone, and especially so for those in their 50s or older.
Many of us at this stage in our lives who find ourselves single have been through divorce or financial turmoil that leaves us with with lots of baggage.
A large part of this can be a reluctance to change after so many years of being set in our ways, be that in a single situation or in a long term relationship.
You are going to have to embrace some level of change in order to achieve what you want.
Change Things Up A Bit
OK, so you’ve embraced the change, you know you want to go for it, and you’ve got on-board with the advice. What next?
You gotta get out there and do it. But stop. Before you do, think about a few details.
Think about what you have to offer – after the online meet and greet, you’re going to have to meet in real life.
Think about what you’ll talk about. What do you like about yourself? What are your hobbies? What are your values? Get back to basics and think how you are going to engage with a new person on a basic level.
Next, freshen up your wardrobe. If you’re like most men, you’ve got your favourite clothes. It’s time now, more than ever to make a change. Don’t try to be what you’re not. Just don’t wear those old socks and t-shirts!
Finally, practice communicating with people. If you’ve been single for a while, then get out a bit more and talk with people.
Don’t just stick to one website. Each site has a different demographic, and you should try a variety in order to find the one that suits your style best.
If you are still stuck then try this cheat sheet for some more tips and tricks.