Over 40's chat
Things may have changed a bit since you first started flirting, but great manners and honest communication never go out of style. Flirting in the millennium may be a little more quirky and relaxed than in the 90s, (and include some tough questions about social media etiquette), but there are some faux pas that you need to avoid.
Texting can be a great way to keep in touch or make plans. The problem arises when each views phone etiquette slightly differently. Some people like to communicate about their anticipation of a first flirt, while others do not. It's best to follow the other person's cues. If you do get a text, it's polite to respond, but keep messages short and sweet and in the same tone the sender uses.
Don't overdo it
This applies to all aspects of over 40's flirting. If you're a woman, don't show too much cleavage, or behave too affectionately. Dress comfortably and naturally and keep your conversation natural. First flirts are a platform to get to know the other person, so don't assume that you are already in a relationship, even if you've spent some time getting to know each other on a chat platform.
Making the first move
Whether it's organizing the first chat or taking it to the next level, it's no longer the man's domain to initiate this.
Don't unpack your baggage
Unlike doe-eyed twenty year olds, over 40's generally come with a history. At this stage we all have our stories to tell, however it's best to leave the details until you get to know the person better. Talking about nasty exes, child custody battles, or late child support payments is only going to sour the potential of over 40's flirting. While real-life details are important, the first chat is not the time to reveal all.
Online chat platforms are considered a healthy way to flirt with potential mates. mDates is a chat app where men and women over 35 can sign up and chat to people with similar interests. Sign up, create a profile and browse hundreds of profiles - definitely a great option to help navigate the excitement of over 40's flirting.