Rules of the dating game for women
The world of online dating should be regarded as a vast pick-up joint.
I know because I immersed myself in it for a year (in my late fifties), and believe me, whether I was encountering horny young men or equally horny (if less crude) older men, the ultimate aim was sex.
But if that is what you are after, you must be extra wary of (pardon the expression) who you "get into bed with." As a mature adult you'll need to employ all the healthy skepticism you've built up over the decades, because it's easy on the internet for a person to be economical with the truth, or to tell outright lies about who they are and what they're after. So, lesson number one: believe in nothing until it happens, and no one until you know them.
Emotionally, you need to construct a wall around yourself which nobody can penetrate until you believe it to be safe.
High50's Monica Porter, who dated "dangerously" for a year, shares nine top tips to help protect yourself, including: don't believe anything, be careful who you get into bed with and split the check.