Yes, on­line dat­ing can suit you

The Gympie Times - - OLDER & WISER - bodyand­

LIKE a lot of things young peo­ple are into, on­line dat­ing can seem mys­ti­fy­ing at best and in­tim­i­dat­ing at worst.

But se­niors look­ing for love can find plenty of op­por­tu­nity if they brave the cy­ber world.

On­line dat­ing sites such as ehar­ and have ded­i­cated ar­eas for those who’d rather fox­trot to Si­na­tra than krump to Mi­ley, plus there are tar­geted sites such as fifty­dat­

Get­ting started

You need to cre­ate a pro­file – a page where strangers learn about you. Be hon­est about who you are: your age, ap­pear­ance, size, ac­com­plish­ments and pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ships. You may find it hard to be­lieve, but this com­bi­na­tion could be ex­actly what some peo­ple are look­ing for in a part­ner.

A sharper im­age

Like it or not, we’re vis­ual crea­tures at any age and the pro­file pic­ture needs to be care­fully se­lected. At the very least, it needs to look like you now, not a decade ago. Choose a main shot of you smil­ing and mak­ing di­rect eye con­tact, then add a few of you with fam­ily and friends or in a party set­ting to show you’re a so­cia­ble crea­ture.

The next step

Chat­ting via email or in­stant mes­sen­ger is a great way to get to know some­one without the pres­sure of be­ing on a date. When you meet face to face, make sure it’s in a pub­lic place and friends know where you’re go­ing. Don’t share your home ad­dress on­line and don’t fall for any sob sto­ries such as “pay­ing for a rel­a­tive’s med­i­cal treat­ment”.

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