Safe Online Dating Tips for Mature Singles

More and more baby boomers and seniors are getting online and one of the venues that they may discover is online dating.  Those who are in their 50s, 60s, and 70s and even older who are single want companionship and excitement in their lives, too. It isn’t always easy to meet someone your own age though in the real world. Sure, you go to your activities and you have your hobbies, but chances are that the people you are doing them with are the same people you’ve been spending time with for years.  Finding someone for dating or just spending time with is not so easy.

Online dating can be a great option for baby boomers and seniors but there are some precautions that you should take.  Remember that it is so much easier to be taken advantage of online, no matter what age you are. Some people specifically target seniors though because they think that it is easier.  Prove them wrong when you are practicing online dating for mature people by being educated about staying safe.

Here are some tips that will help you out when getting started with mature online dating sites:

  • Never reveal personal information.  Make sure things like your phone number and your email address are confidential and kept to yourself at the beginning.  People will try to entice you to give them this kind of information but if they truly want to get to know you they will be happy to keep your conversations within the safety of the dating site.  If you ever feel that you are in danger you can contact the dating site and have that person blocked.
  • Consider your payment options.  While most mature dating sites make sure that all payment processing is encrypted you can take your safety one step further by purchasing a pre-paid MasterCard or Visa for use on the site.  The money is loaded on to the card ahead of time and your bank account or credit card is never used.  You can find pre-paid credit cards at places like convenience stores, postal outlets, and drug stores.
  • If you do agree to meet someone in real life be safe.  Make sure you feel confident about meeting the person after several exchanges of message and conversations within the dating site.  Find a busy place to meet at like a mall or a busy park.  No matter how well you feel you know the person, take your safety seriously.  Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Tell your friend the username of the person you are meeting as well as their real name. If you have a cell phone, arrange for them to call once or twice during your meeting.  If you don’t answer they will know there is trouble.

There are many people your age that are using online dating as a means of meeting new people for friendship, dating, and finding relationships.  Just remember to keep your eyes open and trust your instincts.

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