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Internet Dating for the Midlife Woman
by Susan Dunn, MA, Personal Life & EQ Coach

More Internet dating and matchmaking sites are coming online all the time. Its no wonder theyre so popular. Were all looking and it pays to extend your reach.

Midlife dating is definitely a numbers game and heres why. The only way to do this is to get in there and start doing it. If you have been married a long time, youll find men at this age (whatever age youre at now) are different. Dating on the Internet can help you get back into circulation. Some even often online speed dating, where you can make contact with several men on the same evening.

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Dating, online or off, can be scary and frustrating. Follow these ten simple tips to help get you in the right groove and off to a great start!

1. Be Confident
Confidence, confidence, confidence! Nothing is more attractive than a person who is confident in their own skin. Once you are happy in your own skin and self-fulfilled, you will attract the matches you deserve, not just the ones you settle for. So relax and be your genuine self.

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If youre serious about finding a new guy, no doubt youre getting out in your own community, have joined singles, activities and religious groups, are taking dancing lesson, pursuing your usual hobbies and interests, and letting others know youre ready to date again. The Internet is what else you can do.

The Internet offers two opportunities you may not have thought of. First of all, there are plenty of pornography and sex sites on the Internet and the guys know where they are. Therefore, many of the men on dating sites are truly interested in dating, long-term commitment, friendship, and marriage.

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Great Tips For A Safe Online Dating Experience

Dating can be scary no matter how or where you meet. Maybe he hasn’t shaved in five years. Perhaps, she has a reputation as the Black Widow after never being called back for a second date. Any date is a toss up. Dating is sort of how Forrest Gump described life; it’s like a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re going to get.

Because of the anonymity of online dating, it can be trickier than conventional dating. Appearances and descriptions can be misleading, and unfortunately in other cases, just downright deceiving. By following a few tips, online daters can successfully experience safe dates and avoid being a guest on one of those “disastrous internet dating” talk shows.

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Secondly, certain aspects of Internet dating favor the non-aggressive man with honest intent. Using an Internet dating site takes time. If hes desperate and needy (emotionally or sexually), he wont take the time to fill out an Internet form and start emailing, but will head for the local dive where he knows he can find what hes after immediately.

It also gives the less-assertive man a slow way to get to know a woman. He may be an introvert, or simply new to dating and unsure of himself, and can get himself better grounded on the Internet. You may catch him just at the right time.

How to begin? Take a look at some of the different sites and get a feel for them. Particularly pay attention to how the profiles are set up. Here are some things youll want to make sure of:

1.The profile tells you the kind of things about someone you need to know
2.Your anonymity is protected
3.A photo is available
4.There is way to block or permanently end contact with someone
5.They attempt to screen undesirables. No guarantee but at least, for instance, they say they forbid married people, felons, pornography, hate, etc.

Bear in mind there are no guarantees on the Internet you wont meet a louse, pervert, felon, liar, or promiscuous married man. There are no guarantees about this in real life, either. There are some obvious clues to watch for: refusing to share a photo, using foul language, asking for money, being domineering, moving too fast, preoccupation with sex, inappropriate site names such as SexTrain, signs of desperation, or being inconsistent or evasive about details.

The best rule of thumb is if it makes you feel uneasy, use the delete key. You begin with email correspondence, so take your time. Youll get quicker about catching on to bad signs as you practice.

Always remember to protect yourself. Dont give your personal email address or home phone number until youre reasonably sure. Never agree to meet someone in a remote or peculiar location. If in doubt, dont. If its good, it will stand the test of time.

The best way to begin is to make a list about your expectations not just their age and appearance, but their conduct. Then work with a coach to brush up on your skills and provide valuable feedback. When you set up your profile, be honest about your personal habits, lifestyle, and what youre looking for in a man. When you learn something that works, stick with it. For instance if you read someones profile thats worded better than yours, go back in and tweak yours.

Mens first attraction is visual (physical), so get a good recent photograph of yourself. Some people are more photogenic than others, but its unfair to use a photograph thats 5 years old, or that represents you before gaining or losing 30 pounds. Be proud of who you are, represent it as best you can, and hope the man does the same.

For more tips, including how to identify a married man early-on, see my ebook, Midlife Dating Survival for Women.

Good luck!

Susan Dunn, MA, Personal Life & EQ Coach, http://www.susandunn.cc . Offering coaching, Internet courses and ebooks for midlife women for personal and professional development. Susan is the author of The Midlife Dating Survival Manual for Women” which is available at http://www.webstrategies.cc/ebooklibrary.html . Mailto:sdunn@susandunn.cc for free EQ ezine.

 

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