These days, people are living longer due to advancements in medicine and increased information about preventive health care. The United Nations Population Division notes that the average life expectancy in the United States is 81.65 years for women and 76.61 years for men.

Older adults who outlive their significant others are often interested in sharing experiences with a special someone. However, seniors re-entering the dating pool often find that things are quite different from what they experienced in the past. Rather than meeting people at shared events, these days, dating often begins in cyberspace, which can be confusing and anxiety-inducing for those who did not grow up with technology guiding their every move.

According to a recent report in The Atlantic, over one-third of baby boomers are not married, yet many boomers have years ahead of them to devote to new relationships.

Here are some helpful tips for navigating twenty-first century dating waters.

  • You’re not in this alone. Many older adults are now finding connections online. In fact, many dating apps are geared toward the senior set, including SeniorMatch, eHarmony, Singles50, OKCupid, and Silver Singles.
  • You have more time for fun. As a senior, you may have more time to devote to recreation and leisure, and getting out to meet someone who shares your passions and interests.
  • Online dating has its advantages. While imperfect at times, online dating can expand social circles beyond local neighborhoods, states, and countries. Dating app profiles also typically list what another person is seeking, which can help you avoid awkward moments.

Seniors may have to navigate new waters in modern dating. But with a good mindset and a little persistence, it is possible to find a special someone in cyberspace.