When you crush with someone you like online, it can be really easy to develop an idea of them in your head before you have actually built a real life connection.
Stay safe and meet in a public space, but prioritise doing this early on in the dating process.
If you're using an online dating app it can be tempting just to think 'yes' to the person who has the job and look that you like.
Take time to look out for other indicators of compatibility.
If you long for an era before instant messaging don't forget that people still like to meet in real life.
It can be about making simple swaps like taking your book to a coffee shop to read, or your laptop to a nice cafe to get out of the house and into contact with more people you could connect with.
The research, carried out by dating app Happn, also indicates that older singletons move faster - with younger daters typically taking up to three weeks to arrange a date online, while those in their 40s and older are happy to meet in person after just 14 days of chatting, reports Daily Mail.
And while older women are open to paying the bill at the end of a night, it seems they're less open minded when it comes to their potential love interest's clothing.
It's fair to say that once you start dating in your 40s, you're almost certainly taking the search for love seriously.
Sometimes it's nice if someone buys you a coffee, but don't enter dating with an expectation to always be treated.
Even if someone is happy to do that, entitlement is never an attractive mindset.
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Think about how you can co-operate, add value and build a fair partnership instead with someone.