Please forward this error screen to 50. Forget date how to write a good dating profile: couples who exercise together stay together.
Columnist Louisa Whitehead-Payne spent a couple of years dating online before she met her current partner. There is no alternative to going online to meet someone in your 50s. Well, a solitary old age, I suppose, but if you really want to get together with someone, there is almost no chance you will meet them in real life. Friends don’t introduce you, and the two or three single guys you will happen across in everyday situations are very unlikely to float your boat.
In three years, not one friend introduced me to anyone. Men seem to have a little more luck in this department, as women want to find men for their friends to get together with more than the other way round. So, since real life is not going to deliver, embrace the web, brace yourself and get on with it. Men go on looks and only read your profiles if they like what they see. So seeing and meeting people in their 50s is something of a shock.
If you are female, you most likely won’t be getting attention from men that are much younger than you, unless you go on cougar websites. The truth hurts, but the sooner you suck it up, the more successful you will be. It’s first and foremost a numbers game. For every hundred people that don’t suit you, there will only be one or two that will.
And scrolling through all these unsuitables can get depressing. You have to be prepared to spend time and effort on it. Two to three hours a week is what it takes to get any results. There are a lot of them.