It's funny how the old dating game has changed over the years. There was a time when we wouldn't even have considered the prospect of a significant other until we were in our early Twenties and our choice would have been heavily influenced by our parents and by our suitors station in life.
Then there came the relationship revolution of the Sixties when marriage was out and the era of 'free love' was in. Intimacies were wandered into and out of without much regard for our health or our emotional well being.
After a while, people began to drift back to a more sedate method of dating various individuals until we found 'the one' and settled down to have a mortgage and 2.4 children.
Today, there is a whole mix of the spectrum and it is no wonder that, when it comes to dating, young and old are equally confused about the process. Young people are often labelled as 'loose' in that they see no need in settling into a serious relationship instead of playing the field. Pubbing and clubbing is an easy term for meeting as many members of the opposite sex as possible.
However, there is an increasing element of the younger generation that can already see the futility of this way of life and are craving more stable relationships from an early age. Goodness knows, if this trend takes off Jeremy Kyle will be out of a job!
Then we have the older generation. The generation that, generally, didn't play around, didn't meet others in noisy nightclubs and have spent the majority of their life with one person. These people still often find themselves, after many years, either unexpectedly divorced or widowed. After the initial shock and facing old age, they find that actually, they don't want to see out their days on their own and yes, they still have a lot of living left to do.
Mature dating is a whole different ball game to teenage dating! For a start, you have been out of the game for possibly forty years or more - times have changed - ideas have changed. There are no 'dances' to meet suitable partners at and you could try going to the pub or local club but you can't hear what anyone is saying and you can't see through the mass of writhing bodies cavorting all over the place with god knows who.
So, what do you do? How easy is it to approach people or even meet them in the first place. After all, a supermarket may be an ideal place for singles to 'accidentally' bump into each other but I doubt many of the over Fifties generation of today would want to inspect the contents of other peoples trollies to determine whether they are free or not.
Well, one of the great things that the older generation can take from the younger generation for their own benefit is the advent on mature dating online. When online dating first began there was a certain stigma that said it was for the saddo's of this world that couldn't find a partner by conventional methods.
Yet over time, more and more people have been coming out as dating surfers - people who like to cruise the online dating websites at their own leisure, cutting down on wasted time by cutting out everybody that seemed inappropriate.
Mature dating online is simple. You log in your own details with a brief description of what you are like and what you are looking for - whether it be friendship of companionship or a full on relationship. Photos can be added and you can begin chatting with anyone you fancy.
Of course, online dating is far from being restricted to the older generation. Life has become so busy that this is the easy way for many hardworking people to get in contact with other like-minded people. It cuts out all the middle ground of time waster but isn't clinical like it sounds. Mature dating online is fun and it is easy without any complications and without having to meet anyone or do anything you are not comfortable with.