Should You Use Mobile Dating Apps?

I just contributed my views on various mobile dating apps as the dating expert for an article for Tombola Times and thought Love From Ana readers might like to see it.

Should you use a mobile dating app?Mobile dating apps are growing in number and are here to stay.

I don’t think they are for everyone – they tend to suit extroverts rather than those who like to take their time to get to know someone, but if you are quite outgoing and more than average looking, they can be a lot of fun. You can get to meet guys who appeal to you in your location – ones who might not otherwise have crossed your path.

Who knows? Your prince might be just round the corner from you right now and on a dating app near you!

Don’t get too carried away though. There’s a perception, and it’s often true, that these apps are used as a way to meet people for quick hook ups rather than dates leading to a potential relationship, so if hook-ups are not your thing, you probably want to proceed with caution.

In any case, make sure you follow all the usual safety tips for online dating, and don’t put yourself at risk for something that is supposed to be fun.

You’ll find the Tombola Times article here: A Guide to Free Dating Apps: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Enjoy and stay safe!

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13 Signs a Long-distance Relationship Will Work

When you start a long-distance relationship you know there will be hurdles to overcome and things to sort out, but will your relationship be worth the trouble or is the physical distance between you a reason to say good bye to your guy?

13 Signs a long distance relationship will workThere was a time when long-distance relationships took even more effort than they do now. They seldom worked out, simply because communication was slow and delayed. Couples had a harder time staying in touch because phone calls were prohibitively expensive. Today, with high speed Internet, flat-rate calls and messages, and multiple ways to voice chat, staying in touch is no longer as difficult as it once was. You can stay close even over a long period of separation and maintain a strong relationship.

How well a long-distance relationship works is now entirely up to the two of you. Don’t listen to those who try to talk you out of it until you’ve considered the pros and cons yourself. What worked or didn’t work for someone else isn’t necessarily going to be your make or break point. Sure, you can learn from others, but if you really love each other, you’ll figure out how to make it work if you want to.

You can’t know for sure if a long-distance relationship will work or not. No one can predict the future. But there are some signs that will help you see if yours is more likely to succeed or not.


You know each other well

Some long-distance relationships are born from Internet dating, so clearly there will still be things to learn about each other. However, even if you don’t know each other well, there should be a desire to get to know each other better and communicate well. Often, a long-distance relationship is stronger when you’ve known each other for some time and have spent a fair amount of time together.


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Why It Doesn’t Need To Be Hard To Find Love After 40

There could be any number of reasons why you’re back “on the market” after your 40th birthday. But those reasons don’t really matter as much as your desire to find someone.

Is it hard to find love after 40?There’s no need to feel discouraged about your prospects at all. There is no age limit for love. If you use your age to discourage yourself, you are selling yourself short. Your options are anything but limited. Never use your age as a reason to be lonely or not to get out there and date again. If you do your part, there’s every chance you’ll find the love you want, no matter how old you are.

Here’s why you might find it easier than you think.



Sure, you might not feel like the most confident of women right now. But think about it, you’ve been through so much. You have experience and wisdom that younger women can’t hold a candle to. You’ve probably been through other relationships—even marriage—and come out the other side. You know who you are and no longer need to care what others think of you. You know you are fine as you are, and they can accept you or you’ll just walk on by.


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His Family Doesn’t Like Me

You’re crazy about your guy and he’s crazy about you. You’re both ready to take the big step of meeting his parents. He wants you to meet them because he wants them to know how special and important you are to him. You might be excited to meet the people who raised the wonderful man you care about so much.

What To Do If His Parents Don't Like YouThen the unexpected happens. They really don’t seem to like you at all. They may be cold and formal with you or even plain rude to you but they are clearly telling you that they don’t think you’re right for their son. Sometimes it’s just one parent who doesn’t seem to like you, other times the entire family, including siblings.

What do you do in a situation like that? How do you cope with the feelings that come with that kind of rejection and where do you go from there?


How Important Is Your Relationship?

Is it worth the hassle and time it will take for the family to get used to you? What if they never accept you? Are you willing to live with that? If you really do love each other, that should be enough—family will follow suit or not. That’s their problem, not yours. If the family not liking you is causing you to have second thoughts, take some time to think whether his family disliking you is the only reservation you’re having about your relationship. Are there other reasons you think this won’t work out?


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Why Some Women Prefer Married Men

Why would any woman in her right mind decide to go for a married man instead of looking for a single guy of her own to keep her warm at night?

Why Some Women Prefer Married MenWell, it seems there are sound reasons married men appear to have more allure than their single counterparts.

Though it still doesn’t make married men a good idea, here is why Mr. Married might seem like a great bedfellow.


He’s Pre-screened

It’s human nature for a man in demand to be more attractive than one who no woman apparently wants. At least one woman has already worked out that this guy is worth marrying, so he must be okay as a partner in many respects. There’s one exception to that, of course, and that’s as far as fidelity is concerned. If he’s with you, he’s not much good at being faithful, and he’s likely cheat again.


He’s Stable

Married men are usually emotionally and financially stable if they are in a settled relationship. Both those qualities are attractive to women looking at potential partners.


He Treats You Well

Married men usually treat their mistresses better than their wives—and, it has to be said, even better than they used to treat their wives before they were married. You will be lavished with gifts, affection and exciting sex. There’s a lot to like about that. Read more »