If you’re over fifty, why not fall in love with one of these dating sites?
One of them may be the ticket to finding a new partner to love. It takes time and effort and lot of patience but using an online dating site is one way to find that needle in the haystack who’ll get you and love you for who you are.
According to statistics, 20% of currently committed relationships started online, and 17% of couples who married in the last year met online.
The majority of dating site users are younger than 50, however more dating sites cater to over fifty relationship seekers which proves finding love never gets “old”.
My advice is to steer clear of sites which are intended for younger users or those who just want to hookup. For example, Plenty of Fish and Tinder by reputation are not a place to find lasting love. Don’t get your feelings hurt by fishing in a pond with a bunch of professional anglers!
Online dating sites give you the opportunity to meet someone you might never cross paths with in real life. But even if you feel that instant “click” don’t assume you know someone until you meet them face to face.
Best advice I can give is to use a recent photo. Have a friend take one or get one taken professionally. Don’t be afraid to show up as you are, but put your best self out there.
Really think about what you’re looking for in a partner and take time to write your bio. Avoid the cliches like “walking on the beach at sunset” and come up with a unique tagline for your online profile.
The trick is to be yourself. Why would you try to be anyone else? Put your best face forward and give it a go. I’ve written before about my extensive “research” into online dating sites. To be honest it can be quite the emotional roller coaster. Buckle your seat belt sweetie, and dive in!
10 Dating Sites for Over 50s:
Dating with a twist. MyLovelyParent is a unique concept. It’s intended for the children of over 50 parents or in-laws who want to help connect their loved ones with other singles. Once the initial profile is created, the parent gets a link to approve their profile and see other users after receiving gentle guidance from their loved one.
Free to create a profile and see other members. Membership required to contact.
Start at £12.99 a month
This UK magazine for over 50’s has it’s own online dating agency and app operated by The Dating Lab and vetted by the Online Dating Association. Saga Dating promotes it’s site as safe, secure and anonymous for users. Like most sites, you message inside the site to communicate. It also has members in other countries.
Free to create a profile. From £10.50 to 28. per month
Over 50’s can join and search the 300,000+ users on this UK based site. You can also log in with your Facebook profile (if you’re willing to give up your privacy). Free to join.
Another unique concept to meet a like minded partner.
If you’re liberal and left center minded (in other words, a Guardian reader) you may find a match!
Free to create and post a profile. Membership starts at £16. per month.
UK + USA + International
Flirty site with group meet ups hosted by Maturelove as well as chatrooms for over 40’s, in US and UK. Gay friendly.
3 day trial for £9.99, then £11.99 to 29.99 per month
Over 2 million users. For singles over 40 who are seeking a heterosexual relationship. Free to sign up, membership £12.50 per month when you sign up for a year.
50+ dating site owned by Match and Chemistry. SeniorPeopleMeet and SeniorsMeet is also part of this brand. With over 1.4 million members you have the numbers in your favor.
Browse for free, membership starts at $17.96 per month.
Free to sign up. Basic and Premium memberships start at $12.95 per month. Doesn’t disclose how many members other than it has 85,000 visitors per month. Although this site is geared towards dating over 50, some of these visitors are much younger, meaning their intention is to look for an older man or woman. Just be aware.
OK Cupid is free to use and while not necessarily for over 50’s it was one dating site I found to be easy to use and effective at meeting guys my own age (back when I was dating). You can subscribe if you want premium features but it’s not necessary. I think it attracts a little more offbeat type of personality and is worth a try.
EliteSingles targets the educated professional and college graduate and claims 13 million members worldwide. Although not specifically for over fifty, it is recommended for 35+. Higher priced than most other dating sites, expect to pay $33.95 per month for a year’s subscription.
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My advice is don’t get locked into a long contract. Take advantage of the free trials as long as possible. Visit profiles, look at photos and read between the lines. Let your gut and your intuition guide you. Use your built in BS detector!
The more detail a site requires from your profile, the higher level of compatibility you’re likely to find. Some sites are geared for finding long term relationships, others for quick connections. Keep focused on what your intentions are. Try not to get distracted by a handsome picture. Dive deep into what’s more important. Looks or love?
Once you’ve found one or two sites you find easy to use, then stop. Trust me, you’ll only drive yourself mad if you try to sign up for more. You’ll forget who you’re talking to! Believe me, I’ve been in that situation where you’re desperately trying to pluck their name out of your head because you’ve got too many on the go.
Yes it’s fun to be pursued and have a list of men interested in you, but be selective. If the chemistry seems strong, meet them in person. Do they make you laugh or have a compelling personality? When you know what you are looking for in a partner, you’ll know it when you find it.
Keep it real and don’t sign up for anything you’re not 100% comfortable with. You’re the goddess and the prize and don’t forget it!