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Here are the top 20 tips for dating in later life...

A study has found that dating gets more fun as you get older - and has revealed the top 20 tips for dating in later life...

The research, which was carried out by Saga, surveyed 1,000 over 50s and 1,000 under 50s to compare the dating scenes at both stages of life.

Unsurprisingly, older singletons are apparently more relaxed and comfortable in their own skin than teenagers, and those in their 20s and 30s feel under immense pressure from their friends and people what they see on social media.

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Interestingly, the older daters found dating much more "awkward" in their younger years, and weren't sure what they were looking for - but they now know what sort of person they want to spend the rest of their life with.

The research found that a quarter of over 50s consider themselves "more romantic" now, and 23% want to find "The One" whilst a cheeky one in 10 are just looking to boost their sex lives - oi oi!

Top 20 tips for dating later in life:

  1. Always be yourself

  2. Have fun

  3. Don't lie about your age

  4. Remember, that nobody is perfect

  5. Don't hide your past - everyone has one

  6. Be prepared to accept someone who may have some baggage

  7. Don't act too needy or desperate for a new partner

  8. Don't dive in too soon after a divorce or passing of a partner

  9. Don't play games

  10. Don't keep comparing a potential partner with an ex

  11. Always use a recent picture when online dating

  12. Don't be afraid to say yes to a date - even if you don't think it will turn into anything. You may still have a good time and meet a new friend

  13. Don't look for someone who is exactly like your previous partner

  14. Don't give things away too soon

  15. Step out of your comfort zone a little and date people you may not have considered in the past

  16. Be willing to embrace new things such as online dating

  17. Make sure you are putting yourself out there by going to places where you may meet someone rather than just staying at home

  18. Don't be too modest

  19. Skype or Facetime before meeting for the first time

  20. Ask a friend to look over a dating profile before you message them

What do you think of these top tips? Do you have any to add? Are there any you disagree with? Are you currently dating as a 50+ year old? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter.

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