Newly Single? Get Back on the Horse


If you’ve found yourself single and reeling, then it can be tempting to wallow in your own feelings of discontent and stay at home watching endless box sets. However, there comes a moment – usually fairly soon after the dire event – when you’ll want to re-enter the world of dating and meet new people again. But how do you go about it? The trick lies in deciding what you want and using the right forums to achieve it.

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Casual Encounters

The world of online dating is evolving rapidly. Once it was considered cutting-edge to sign up to a dating website. Today there are sites that offer everything from infidelity hook-ups to openly casual encounters of all kinds.

The trick is to know what you are looking for and what your parameters are. If you are single and looking for some no-strings adult fun, then you may want to choose a casual dating site that allows you to meet other single people. What you probably don’t want to do is find yourself within a complex relationship triangle with someone who is being unfaithful a partner.

Instead of going down a potentially complex route, try an open and easy-to-use site such as, and you’ll see a great range of people like you, who are looking for simple companionship, adult fun, no-strings liaisons and general good fun.

Safety Online

Just remember to stay safe and practise good online etiquette to make the most of your experience. Be honest and open – remember that a casual dating site is designed for people with nothing to hide about their intentions or circumstances, so you can afford to be upfront. Be careful when meeting someone for the first time and have travel arrangements and a back-up plan in mind, making sure a friend knows where you are and has your contact details. Never give out bank details or share personal information that could leave you compromised. You can have plenty of fun with these sites if you practise good common sense and spend a little time getting to know your prospective date beforehand. Find out more about online safety here.

Traditional Dating Sites

These are great when you are ready to meet someone potentially for a relationship and are open to finding something more than just a hook-up. You’ll find plenty of these sites, and the best tend to be subscription-based. You simply set up a profile, make contact with interesting-looking people and take it from there. The offline aspect is essential, and you’ll get a sense from your ‘real world’ dates about whether your online match works for you when you’re offline.

Groups, Blind Dates and Other Offline Routes

Don’t rule out the chance of meeting someone by chance either. There are plenty of special interest groups, meet-ups, classes, clubs and social activities that are ideal for single people to attend and make new friends. Keep an open mind and look to have some fun – it’s always good to broaden your social circle generally and have some new experiences at the same time. You never know who you’ll meet and where things may lead.