Men Never Return My Emails. Is My Age the Big Problem?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:

I am a divorced woman over 63 and have really beautiful photos on I do look much younger, but the men I write to never return my emails.

Is my age the big problem? Should I try a different site?

-Zoe (New York)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Zoe,

I see three obvious speed bumps in your search for a mate.

First, move over to for people over 50. It’s where peer men go to meet peer women.

Secondly, do not send messages to men on the dating sites. Instead, view a lot of profiles.

Remember, sperm chases egg at every age. The online sites know this and have set things up in a way to help.

When a woman simply views a man’s profile, he gets a list each day of all the women who have viewed him but not sent a message. That will pique his interest without making him feel you are an easy, desperate catch.

Finally, don’t only put up “really beautiful” photos. Unless you plan to bring professional lighting and Photoshop to every date, having unrealistic photos will cause big disappointments on the first meeting.

Oh, and one more thing, be very honest and specific about your values and life goals in your dating profile. It is better to attract one perfect person than to energize a pack of incompatible men.

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