Online Dating For Over 50s

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Dating sites for adults 50+

1. OurTime

OurTime, which is available as an app and can be accessed from a laptop or desktop, favors local profiles over long-distance ones, and it’s completely free to sign up and start exploring. Users with a free account can click the “Flirt” button to show interest in singles, view their profiles, and change their own. However, in order to connect with others on the network, users must pay for a membership. The option to send virtual presents, such as a picture of a rose, or having a profile enhanced in searches to make it easier to find are two extra profile improvements that set OurTime apart. The cost of a six-month package starts at $90.

2. SilverSingles

SilverSingles, which caters to those aged 50 and up, takes a different strategy than swipe-based apps, which encourage users to make first decisions based solely on a photo, or other services that allow users to choose their own match. According to the website, SilverSingles customers take a personality test and receive three to seven hand-selected matches every day. There’s also a desktop alternative and a downloaded app if you want to browse on your smartphone. After the trial time, Silver Singles requires a subscription. Monthly packages start at $27.95 for a 12-month period.

3. Bumble

This dating app gives women all the power to make the first move. Bumble is swipe-based, so users swipe right on profile photos they like. If a woman swipes on a man and he swipes on her as well, it’s a match. In heterosexual matches, women have 24 hours to message their match before the connection expires. In same-sex matches, either party has 24 hours to message, and then the other has another 24 hours to respond before the connection expires. Bumble also offers Bumble BFF, a friendship matchmaking site, and Bumble Biz for networking. Bumble is free to download and free to use core features, but upgrades — like boosting your profile so more local singles see it — come with a fee. Upgraded plans include Bumble Boost, which costs $24.99 per month, and Bumble Premium which costs $39.99 per month, and offers extra features like allowing users to rematch with expired matches, see who has liked you, and extending matches by another 24 hours.

4. Coffee Meets Bagel

CMB encourages users to make real connections by limiting the number of profiles they can like per day to five. Users have only seven days after matching to meet up in real life, putting a stop to ghosting, having someone disappear completely, or stopping responding to messages. Coffee Meets Bagel says it handpicks suggested profiles for viewing each day based on its algorithm, which uses nine parameters to come up with curated matches. Like most dating apps, it’s free to download and use the basic services, but premium upgrades like additional matches and profile boosting come with a cost. Coffee Meets Bagel uses “beans” to purchase profile upgrades, and depending on any promotions or sales, the starting cost for additional beans is as little as $1.99. However, to really make a difference and increase the number of profiles you can like per day, you’ll more likely end up spending $25-$30 per month.

5. eHarmony

A classic, trusted dating site for people of all ages, where someone finds love every 14 minutes, according to the eHarmony website. According to a Mashable review, the sign-up process is lengthy, with many personality questions to answer, but it aids in the discovery of good matches and those seeking long-term relationships. The cheapest plan starts at $7.95 a month for a year, but prices vary depending on how long you sign up for and whether or not the site is offering a discount. Some sources claim that you can spend as much as $200 in a year. The purchase includes a guarantee: either discover someone you like in three months or receive another three months free.

6. Facebook Dating

With Facebook Dating, you needn’t worry that all of your friends will see you looking for love. Facebook Dating doesn’t display on your personal Facebook page, and you create an entirely separate profile for the dating experience. But to make things easier, the platform mocks up a suggested profile by pulling photos and information from your personal page and highlights users who have groups and events in common with your own. Like Bumble, when you like someone, you’re matched if they like you back, but there’s no swiping involved. Just tap the “heart,” or the “X” button if you want to skip someone. Once you’re matched you’ll be notified, and either person can send the first message. Be aware that Facebook Dating is only offered through the app, and has no desktop version. And keep in mind that Facebook Dating may appeal to older daters more than some other apps, since 37 percent of Facebook users are over 45, according to consumer data company Statista. For now, at least, Facebook Dating is free and doesn’t have ads, either.

Facebook also offers interest-based dating groups (Jordy has joined several, including one for vegetarians and another for a mindful living). Other dating groups on Facebook include those for people who are recently divorced or for meeting other singles in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. Users can join these dating groups for free using their personal Facebook profiles and post, comment, and interact.

7. Hinge

Interests and hobbies are central to Hinge, which aims to go beyond looks when matching people. Personality questions and likes and dislikes help users choose who to connect with. Michele Herrmann, a former Match.com profile consultant, uses Hinge and likes the app’s question format, which asks users about their interests and displays that information prominently. Instead of swiping, Hinge also features an “x” or “skip” button at the bottom of each profile, making accidental profile rejections less likely. Hinge’s motto “designed to be deleted,” makes it clear that it’s aiming at those who are seeking a relationship rather than a hookup. The app notes that three out of four of its users want to go on a second date and in 2017 it was the most-mentioned dating app in The New York Times wedding section. Hinge costs $19.99 per month cost, although the longer you sign up for, the cheaper the monthly payment.

8. Match.com

This 25-year-old dating service is the granddaddy of them all. However, it is not regarded as obsolete and includes both a downloadable program and a browser-based platform. Match.com also offers a guarantee: individuals who sign up for a premium subscription and do not discover a significant relationship within six months will receive a free extension of service. Match will recommend selected possible companions once a user fills out a personality and interest questionnaire. The majority of the communication functions are available only with a premium subscription, which starts at $18.99 per month for a 12-month period.

9. OkCupid:

OkCupid was founded in 2004 by a group of Harvard University friends. Users can select from 22 gender options (such as gender non-conforming, gender fluid, intersex, and transgender) and 13 orientation options (such as heteroflexible, queer, and questioning) to make the app LGBTQ+ friendly. OkCupid claims to make 90 million matches every year, and users are presented with tailored matches based on personality questions and interests. Basic services on OkCupid are free, while premium features start at $7.99 per month for three months.

10. Tinder:

One of the most popular dating apps, Tinder was once known as a hookup app for people not looking for a long-term commitment. But for many people over 50 Tinder has become a more traditional way to meet and connect. Tinder is swipe-based, like a lot of other apps, meaning you swipe right on a person’s profile when you like how they look and to connect. Some additional profile details like age, gender, and a short bio may help you decide as well. While Tinder is used by people of all ages and many users will be younger, the app allows users to set an age range to help focus searches. While it’s free to download and get started, be aware that Tinder has a tiered payment system that costs more for adults over the age of 30, and profile upgrades and additional features also come with additional charges. Tinder Plus, which allows unlimited likes and has extras — including 5 Super Likes per day, rewind last swipe, and more, costs $19.99 per month for those over the age of 30.

11. Zoosk:

Although there is now Facebook Dating, Zoosk was one of the first dating apps to interface with Facebook in 2007. Long-term relationships are less common on Zoosk than short-term dating or hookups because users aren’t required to fill out all of their profile information. Sign in with your Google or Facebook account for convenience, but be aware that doing so will expose personal information from your social network accounts. When using the app, scroll through profiles rather than swiping, and pay for a paid subscription to enable the ability to send messages to matches. The monthly fee starts at $12.49.

12. JDate

JDate is a Jewish dating service that has a website as well as a smartphone app. According to JDate’s website, each profile is vetted by their customer service team in order to develop Jewish communities and ensure that culture and tradition are passed down to the generations. JDate sends users tailored matches, but they can also browse other profiles. For six months, prices start at $19.99 each month.

 

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