Online dating: Is it love or loneliness?

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Online dating: Is it love or loneliness?
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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 8:24am

Interesting article!

Online dating: Is it love or loneliness?

Generally nobody likes to be alone, especially as they get older. With this in mind, how do you tell the difference between actually being in love, or telling yourself that you're in love because you are lonely and looking to fill a space in your life vacated by someone else?

You might just be looking for companionship - someone to chat with on the phone, meet for lunch, discuss a favourite book with and so on. Whether that is the case, of if you are trying to meet potential new partners, with all the dating, flirting and fun that that entails, then you are right to be looking at online dating sites. However, before you do so, it is worth establishing what it is you are looking for.

Websites such as www.teenadvice.about.com provide quizzes to help you assess your situation: these may be for teenagers who think they’re in love, but the questions are just as applicable to those of us with a few more miles on the clock.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/relationships/online-dating/7803957/Online-dating-Is-it-love-or-loneliness.html

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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 11:37am

An interesting question. The article does go on to say:

Dating in later life is a serious matter, and comes freighted with worries.

But to me, I think dating at any age is "freighted" with worry. The article says the reasons are:

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 12-15-2011 - 1:35pm

Very insightful, Florida!

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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 4:29pm

In one way I think dating later in life has less worries.

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Tue, 12-20-2011 - 12:23pm

I agree that dating in the internet era is more difficult as one gets older.

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