Online Dating for Older Adults
Let’s face it, dating has evolved over the years, and this couldn’t be more true for those of us over 50. Long gone are the days of social stigma that dictates dating post 50 is awkward and undesirable, and seniors are getting smart about meeting new people.
The most popular way of meeting people is online, and as seniors log on more and more, dating sites have been working to connect them. Now there are dozens of senior only dating sites you can register to use, but where to start can be confusing. Here is a list of dating sites that cater to seniors; a good place to start if you’re considering jumping back in to the dating scene.
OurTime.com is probably one of the better known dating sights for singles over 50. The site offers plenty of options from seeking relationships, to casual dating, traveling partners, or a new friendship. OurTime is easy to use and offers a free profile to get started. Once you have your profile complete, you can start to browse and message local singles, however, in order to view replies or to reply to inquiries of your own, you would need to purchase an upgrade for your account. Prices are pretty comparable to other dating sites, about $11.99 per month and up, and there are many ways you can personalize your profile to make it stand out.
Another site to look into is SeniorPeopleMeet.com. Similar to OurTime though not quite as well known, SeniorPeopleMeet.com is free to join and offers many personalization opportunities, however, just like OurTime you must purchase an upgrade in order to communicate with potential dates. The search engine on this site is easy to use, and you also have the option of paying $1 per month to place your profile at the top of other’s search results. The price of purchasing an upgrade is pretty typical, starting at $11.99 per month.
Some sites have noticed the high demand from older adults looking for love and in response have created new portions to their sites that cater specifically to them, like Match.com/Seniors. Match.com has been around since 1995, is featured in 25 countries, multiple languages, and has an impressive membership of over 17 million – 2.5 million of which are seniors. It also has a guarantee; find someone in 6 months, or get 6 months free! This site allows you an easy start up process and offers help online. Browsing singles is free, however, for full use of the site a monthly fee of $19.99 is required.
Among the sites that are jumping on the senior dating wagon is eHarmony.com/senior-dating. eHarmony.com has made quite a name for itself with their sophisticated Compatibility Matching System, an intricate series of questions that help determine the best match for you. This means that instead of searching for potential dates, eHarmony does the searching for you based on the Compatibility Matching System, and sends email updates of matches near you. It takes some of the guesswork and time spent going through profiles out for you, and you basically sit back and wait for the matches to find you! This site is strongly Christian based, and will only allow those seeking heterosexual relationships to look for matches on their site, so instead they have created a site called Compatible Partners where those seeking same sex relationships are referred to. You must also be single; this site will not admit those who are legally separated but not divorced. Price per month is a bit more than usual, averaging about $23.95, but they do most of the work for you.
AARP has partnered up with HowAboutWe.com to create a site specifically for those 50 and over, dating.AARP.org. HowAboutWe has already received praise for being senior friendly, so partnering with AARP to create an exclusive site for seniors to meet was a no brainer. This site is different in that instead of perusing profiles, you actually “window shop” perspective dates. That’s right, singles propose dates and you can choose whichever sounds like the best time. These can range from a simple meet and greet at a coffee shop or farmers market, to something more elaborate like going to a concert or attending an art show. One benefit of this method is getting to know a person based on the dates they suggest, rather than just a basic profile. Membership only costs $12, and AARP members get a 7 day free trial and 50% off the monthly price.
C’mon senior singles, the time is now! Dating today doesn’t have to be complicated, and hopefully this list has made it all the easier. For those looking to date, may you find fun, happiness and, yes, even love.