|09-27-2005, 10:22 AM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2005
Online dating reported by NY Times, WHY RULES? what do you do online?
Single Online dating has become wildly popular among the boomer populations over the past few years
More and more online dating sites are recognizing the growing number of single boomers and seniors who would love to find love and friendship with a suitable partner. Here is the site we are using during our month long articles about online matchmaking - www.SinglewomenSinglemen.com.
Not since high school or college will you find such a large number of potential dates and mates in one place as online dating. If you’re interested in dating again or are just looking for a friend to spend time with, and have access to the Internet, online dating services can be a nice option.
Here are some things to know.
• Convenience: You can meet hundreds of single people that tickle your fancy without ever leaving your home. Also, by exchanging e-mail you get to know each other slowly, without the awkwardness that comes with first dates. Most sites also offer instant messaging and chat rooms.
•Costs: Most online dating services allow you to create your own personal profile, post photos and search for compatible members for free. But, when you’re ready to start contacting people, you’ll have to become a member, which typically costs between $20 and $50 per month.
•Safety: When you sign up with a dating or matchmaking service you remain anonymous. No one should ever get access to your full name, address, phone number or e-mail address until you decide to give it out at your own discretion. Be very prudent with giving out your personal information!
•Informative: Most sites offer personality profiles of their members that include things like photos, hobbies, interests, family history, political beliefs, dreams, goals and favorite activities so you can get to know members online before you decide whether or not you’d like to meet.
•Pictures can lie: Unfortunately, some people post photos that were taken many years ago, or that are extremely flattering and not very true-to-life. If you remember that they probably won’t look as good as their photo, you won’t be as disappointed.
•People can lie: In an effort to get more responses, or in some cases to deliberately mislead, some people lie in their profiles, so don’t believe everything you read. If they sound too good to be true, they probably are.
•www.singlewomensinglemen.com dating Web site with more than 18 million members worldwide.
Jim Miller, creator of "Online Dating," is a freelance writer and advocate of senior issues. Miller is a contributor to NBC’s "Today" show and author of "The Online Dating" book.