If your tried-and-true methods of meeting singles are getting stale -- flirting at the gym, going to bars, shmoozing at the dog park -- perhaps it's time for a change of venue. Right is always a challenge, and that challenge often becomes even harder when you're dating over 50.
Throw a barbecue or party in which guests bring a friend that no one in the group knows.Alternatively, tag along with a friend the next time their office has a company picnic or function -- this is a great way to meet somebody who you know is responsible enough to hold down a career and who you can 'check out' with an acquainted friend before you agree to a date.Speed dating first evolved over a decade ago, but it has become much more popular in recent years, especially among baby boomers and seniors.Perhaps the increasing need for companionship is to blame, or maybe the adrenalin-pumping nature of the event makes it so attractive.Whatever the case may be, speed dating for older adults is more common and more useful than ever before; it has transformed into an art, where those who can master its style are most successful. Keep reading and we will catch you up to speed (no pun intended).
Now you might be wondering, how does one speed date? Speed dating is a quick form of dating, designed for meeting multiple individuals in a short amount of time.It is a formalized process in which the participants are broken up into pairs and rotate partners every 3-8 minutes (depending on the event).Each pair sits down and gets to know one another, or “date”.When time is up, the coordinator will ring a bell, blow a whistle, or clink a glass, at which point the participants switch seats to meet the next person.After the “daters” have done a full rotation and met one another, each individual will write a list of who he or she would like to see again.If two participants have written down each other’s names, the event organizer will forward the contact information to both parties.