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50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

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50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby Russ62 » 14 Aug 2012, 05:56

Hello to everyone! This is my first post on the forum as I've only been in Taiwan about a week. I did a search for this topic but couldn't find any thread on point. Anyway, I was wondering if being 50 years old rules me out for dating opportunities? I would prefer to date women within 10 years of my age but assume there aren't many in this country what with them already being past the typical marriage age and the divorce rate being so low. So, that leaves me with women who have not married yet and likely being much younger. Would they possibly be interested in someone my age or is that unheard of? Just wondering if I'm out of luck for companionship in this country.

Thanks in advance for any advice on this issue.

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50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby headhonchoII » 14 Aug 2012, 06:14

Plenty of divorced or never married women, I'm sure it's no problem for you if you are presentable.
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby superking » 14 Aug 2012, 06:21

headhonchoII wrote:Plenty of divorced or never married women, I'm sure it's no problem for you if you are presentable.


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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby Zla'od » 14 Aug 2012, 07:17

My wife gets together regularly with her classmates from each school, coworkers from each former workplace, etc. They are almost all female, and my impression is that more than half are unattached. We're talking women in their forties here.

Failing that, you could always lower your standards and sample the 20-year-olds.
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby jimipresley » 14 Aug 2012, 07:22

Dude, I'm fifty, fat, bald, poor, with black teeth and a drinking problem, and the chicks are falling over me something silly. I lock my door at night, but sometimes they abseil down to my balcony with ropes. This is very stressful and strenuous for me. I'm hoping that when you arrive, you'll be able to take a few off my hands. :pray:
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby housecat » 14 Aug 2012, 07:54

Twenty-five to fifty percent of my adult students used to be single middle aged women. In Taiwan, yes, most are married at middle age, but there are a large number who aren't and their prospects for finding someone are much worse than yours. Most Taiwanese guys aren't interested in them because the guys are also already married, or they want younger women.

And don't even get me started on what it was like to be a single middle aged foreign WOMAN in Taiwan! There may be fewer of us around, but foreign women here often find it very difficult to date. So once you're over the "bedside dictionary" kind of relationship, you may find that you have a veritable buffet of native English speaking women to try to find happiness with.
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby Icon » 14 Aug 2012, 11:10

Average marrying age in Taiwan is like mid-thirties. 30.4 for women, 34.4 for men in 2009, as per government statistics. Warning: women here look way much younger than the number state.
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby Mucha Man » 14 Aug 2012, 11:26

As long as you make some local friends who can introduce you to some of their many single friends you should be fine. On addition to divorcees there are literally hundreds of thousands of women in their 30s and 40s who are single having focused on education and career. So you are lucky. Lots of well off educated women in the age group you are interested in. Some may be a bit immature though as they have very little dating experience.
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby Dr. McCoy » 14 Aug 2012, 12:07

Be sure that your wife doesn't find out.
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Re: 50 Years Old--Is it too late for me?

Postby Mr He » 14 Aug 2012, 13:24

Mucha Man wrote:As long as you make some local friends who can introduce you to some of their many single friends you should be fine. On addition to divorcees there are literally hundreds of thousands of women in their 30s and 40s who are single having focused on education and career. So you are lucky. Lots of well off educated women in the age group you are interested in. Some may be a bit immature though as they have very little dating experience.


My experience is that women in their thirties or forties who have never really dated are in some ways mentally more like western women in their early 20's. You are talking about career women with great jobs who still live with mummy. I am not making this up.

In general your chances here are poor if you can answer yes to one or more of the following questions:

1. Are you fat?
2. Do you suffer from excessive body odor issues?
3. Are you completely devoid of humor?

As far as I know, Taipei is the city in the world with the highest proportion of unattached women aged 35 or over, I think this would describe one third of them. As long as you keep yourself well, is not massively overweight, and know how to treat a woman, you should have no problem.

One mate of mine is in his early fifties, and he dates women from 22 and up. He speaks Mandarin, however less will do as well, I would think that career women here would have a better grasp of english than the average population.
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