Sixty-two percent of those who reported being lonely were married.(Click here to read more about the study.) We long for meaningful relationships and social connections.So be very prudent who you give your information to, and before meeting, chat on the phone a few times or video chat online, and when you do meet in person for the first time, meet in a public place or bring a friend along.If you want to be extra cautious, you can do a quick background check on your date for a few dollars at sites like and Throw a barbecue or party in which guests bring a friend that no one in the group knows.Alternatively, tag along with a friend the next time their office has a company picnic or function -- this is a great way to meet somebody who you know is responsible enough to hold down a career and who you can 'check out' with an acquainted friend before you agree to a date.Most services allow you to check out their members at no cost or obligation.
Some websites offer forums and chat rooms that encourage users to interact with others.As we age, many of us start worrying what living alone will be like. Those of us who sought a single life and chose not to remarry after a divorce or spouse’s death might find ourselves rethinking our priorities.Should advancing age cause people like me who are single to rethink our status? In an effort to quantify the feeling of loneliness – a sense of not having meaningful contact with others, accompanied by painful distress – geriatric specialists at the University of California, San Francisco, asked 1,604 adults age 60 and older how often they felt isolated or left out, or lacked companionship.That may be why increasing numbers of older people are turning to online dating sites, which offer a way to connect with others and make new friends, even if they don’t deliver a life partner.There are other ways to connect and grow our social circles, too.