No matter your age, dating can be daunting. If you have not been part of the dating scene for some time, it might even seem more stressful. But do not fear. Here’s a perfect guide to help you get back out there and enjoy dating once again.
Where to Meet Your Potential Lover?
There are many ways and places to visit and meet new people. If you prefer more traditional methods, you can always find new dates through match-making. But if that is not your cup of tea, modern dating methods like online dating sites are also available.
Matchmakers (also known as Shidduchim in Hebrew) have played a huge part in Jewish tradition. There are many organizations that will help you find the best matches for you, and offer a rich community of people who believe in match-making like you. These include more Jewish-centered organizations like SawYouAtSinai, and non-Jewish-focused groups like Drawing Down the Moon. Alternatively, you can also approach individual match-making coaches like Suzie Parkus of Meet Your Match.
- Connect Through Your Social Network
Your friends and family are a great way to connect you with new people. They understand your interests, personality and can introduce you to people they feel can click with you. You can also attend social gatherings with your acquaintances, like graduations and weddings, to connect with more people and increase the chances of meeting your perfect match.
- Use Online Dating Sites
Online dating is another popular way for people of all ages to meet potential lovers. They are filled with people interested in dating, and allow you to narrow your searches based on specific criteria like – “Jewish” or “Over 60”. Moreover, you can first interact with them online to see if you like them before meeting them offline. All these increase your chances of finding someone compatible in the comfort of your home. However, if you are not used to using your phones or computers, you can always ask your friends and family or attend a nearby computer class.
Tips and Tricks for Safe Dating
When you are in love, you will see things with rose-tinted glasses. While it is good to keep things rosy, it is more important to be careful and keep yourself safe when exploring the dating world or even just making friends.
- Do Your Research
Regardless of your dating method choice, first, you must do your homework. If you use dating websites or apps, you should check their terms and conditions and costs to ensure they are safe and suitable for your budget. For instance, match-making services tend to be more expensive.
When meeting someone online or offline, you should ask more questions about your date. It is a great way to get the conversation going and important for learning more about them and ensuring that they are genuine (and not scammers).
- Keep Your Private Data a Secret
You should never share your financial information, including your credit cards and bank account details, or send money to your potential dates. Even if they have been talking to you for a long time, remember that scammers are great actors that know how to manipulate even the most logical and wise person.