People around the world use dating sites and dating apps to search for soulmates. Social media apps like Tinder have proven to be a great way to find matches, especially if you know what you’re doing.
However, there’s a small problem: For older users, using Tinder or other young adult dating apps is like going to a college bar. You might be welcomed, but the moment you start trying to match with someone is the moment you start feeling a bit out of place.
Well, we have some good news. Just as there are better places in real life for the more mature crowd to find matches, there are also better dating sites for seniors and older soulmate searchers. Keep these great online dating pick-up lines ready!
OkCupid is the market leader for dating sites, and for good reason. Used by millions of people around the world, OkCupid has proven themselves to be one of the most effective ways to actually find matches that last.
While OkCupid is completely free to use—including unlimited messages and matches—you’re more likely to find success if you have a paid account for $24/mo. As a paid user, you get more search options, can see who liked you, appear first in search results, and get a free boost every day.
Sure, OkCupid isn’t exactly a “dating site for older folks,” but it’s so successful and has such a widely active membership that it works well regardless. Stay honest in your profile, have a bit of patience, and check in occasionally with the highly reviewed mobile apps (Android, iOS) if you want.
Senior People Meet is the number one dating site for senior flirting, messaging, and meeting. It consists of the largest subscription of seniors wanting to start a relationship.
The app works similarly to Tinder in that you can swipe right or left based on how attractive you find each person who pops up in your feed. You can view your matches and send messages, including audio messages and video messages.
Senior People Meet is completely free to use, but you get more features with the $30/mo paid plan. The search engine is pretty basic and makes it hard to narrow down potential matches without fiddling a lot. We recommend using the mobile apps (Android, iOS) because they’re generally easier to use.
eHarmony is unique in that you don’t search for matches. You fill out a massive questionnaire that feeds into the Compatibility Matching System, which analyzes you on 29 different dimensions of compatibility for a strong marriage. Based on that, matches are presented to you.
Despite being third on this list, eHarmony is actually really good. It has a massive active membership, it boasts one of the highest success rates of any dating site, and you can get started for free. As a free user, you get a few potential matches per day and can only send pre-written “Quick Questions” when communicating with matches.
The main “problem” with eHarmony is that it has the most expensive paid plan at $60/mo. You’ll need it if you want to send custom messages, see who’s viewed your profile and who’s interested in you, and access the “What If?” feature that expands the parameters for finding potential matches.
4. Plenty of Fish (POF)
Plenty of Fish employs an effective matching algorithm and a team of data scientists who are constantly updating their algorithms (even going as far as attempting to stop those over the age of 30 from contacting 18-to-21-year-olds).
The algorithm incorporates the “Relationship Chemistry Predictor,” which is a questionnaire with 70+ questions about your personality, sensibilities, and compatibilities. Matches are suggested based on your measurements. Use the mobile apps (Android, iOS) for a more comfortable time.
As a free user, you can send and receive messages, as well as take advantage of the advanced search features. As a paying user for $24/mo, your profile will be highlighted in search results, you’ll get access to even deeper matching algorithms, and the ability to see when messages are read or deleted.
OurTime is a dating site that caters to 50-year-olds-and-above who want to find either casual or deep relationships. Because life goals and desires often change quite a bit after one’s fifth decade, it’s nice to use a site that’s specific to the demographic.
The site design and navigation are easy to use, even for the mature crowd to whom the site aims to appeal, and the community features millions of monthly visitors—and even a higher ratio of women to men, believe it or not. The mobile apps are the best way to use OurTime (Android, iOS).
Free accounts can swipe for matches, view who’s looked at your profile, and browse other profiles. For $30/mo, you can send and receive emails, have your profile highlighted in search results, and know when your messages are read. You get five potential matches every day.
Staying Safe on Dating Sites and Apps
Most reputable dating sites are aware that trolls and malicious intruders are an issue, and they do their best to keep them from ruining the experience for others. One dating app that aims to address that very issue is Hinge, by pairing you with friends of your Facebook friends.
Be careful as you get the most out of your experience with these online relationship tips.
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