And because we encourage that there are no personal details, like your phone number, address, or place of employment be posted on your profile, the chances of you being in danger is very slim. If you go out with the intention of meeting people, you may only meet 10 to 20 people, tops.Even then, there is no guarantee that you will hit it off with any of those people.

But I wasn’t the same single guy I was the last time I lived here. And I wanted to meet people, so I turned to Internet dating as a way to meet eligible women.

Over the course of several months of online dating, I discovered that the pool of available older women is vast and diverse (as is true of men, although perhaps to a lesser extent) and that with a little effort, a reasonably intelligent, halfway-presentable person can usually generate some interest on dating websites. We’ve survived death and divorce, raised families, managed careers and built support networks of family and friends.

Here’s what I learned: If you’re looking for someone of similar interests and lifestyle, the more specific you can be upfront, the better. What was the last good book your read, or film you saw?

For instance, does “loves sports” mean you’re up for cross-country skiing and white-water rafting, or is it a declaration that every weekend is devoted to channel-surfing the pro and college games? Potential dates skimming your profile are more likely to respond to specifics.

Internet dating puts all options on the table, and a growing number of sites cater to the more mature singles crowd.

My own encounters revolved around OK Cupid and Plenty of Fish, both of which are free dating sites.

And even though procreation is off the table, I picked up clear signals from the women I met online that the meter is running, so it’s best to get on with things.

Most wanted to push past the introductory emails and calls to schedule a get-together ASAP.

More and more people on Ok Cupid (and other sites such as Plenty of Fish (POF)) use two different profiles.