5 tips for dating after 40

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Do your own thing – Never make us the centre of your world.

Men love doing their own thing, and they love a woman who does her own thing even more.

If your date becomes your boyfriend then there will be plenty of opportunities for both of you to let your hair down.

But a guy will most likely be a little scared if you knock back a few shots before dinner.

Retain a bit of mystery and avoid sending him a friend request until you’ve got to know each other better. Pay attention to the introductions – We guys are extremely territorial (even though we may not know it) and once we’ve come to the conclusion that this is the woman we want, we’ll start saying things like “This is my girlfriend, Sarah”.

Once he has started calling you his girlfriend, babe, woman, or even his other half, he won’t stop.

However, if he isn’t calling or answering at all, then you might need to consider it’s a sign he’s not into you.

Steer clear of these topics until you know each other better. Your 25-year-old may want to linger and go down the rabbit hole trying to figure it all out. Take care of yourself by initiating a conversation and sharing your needs and wants. This keeps you open to someone who might not be your type. Keep your body language open, play with your hair, smile, touch his arm.

The grown-up dater gives him a reasonable amount of time to show up, and then says a big “So what! If you are dealing with a grown-up man he will appreciate and respect you for it. (Because after all, your type hasn't worked or you would be reading this.) 5.

But according to TODAY’s “This is 50” survey results, only 18 percent of single people in their 50s said they were dating.

On the positive side, the age 50-plus daters seem to be pretty darn smart when choosing a date-mate.

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