Baby Boomers are changing everything about retirement. From changes in healthcare and senior living to retirement and beyond, today’s seniors are different than any previous generation. As longevity increases and seniors rethink retirement, the stigma associated with divorce has reduced and more seniors go through what experts call, “gray divorce.” In fact, the divorce rate has nearly doubled for Americans over the age of 50 since the 1990s. Learn more about senior singles in America and how seniors can leverage technology to date.
Top 5 Dating Sites for Seniors
More seniors are single in America than ever before. The AARP has found that 45% of Americans older than 65 are divorced, separated, or widowed. The increase in senior singles is leading many to online dating sites. A 2013 Pew Research Center study found that 6% of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 used an online dating website, compared to 10% of 18 to 24-year-olds.
So, which sites are the best when it comes to online senior dating?
1. Our Time
This dating site is for senior over the age of 50. With a large database of members all over the world. This site also pulls data from SeniorPeopleMeet and SeniorsMeet, giving members access to a large network of senior singles. The standard membership is free of charge and members can choose to update their account to a premium membership. Features of Our Time include live chat with other members, a 24/7 customer service section, and the ability to upload audio and video greetings. Users can disable their profile at any point and can stop certain people from viewing your profile.
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2. Senior Match
Developed in 2001, Senior Match is consistently ranked among the top senior dating sites for adults over 50. Like other sites, standard membership is free but users have the option to upgrade membership. Based on finding other seniors with similar interests, users are asked to fill out a profile with personal details and interests. There is also a confirmation and verification process so that the site and other members can confirm your age, gender, work, education, and other personal details. Senior Match also has a news feed and a senior forum to engage with other users.
Widely regarded as the most efficient dating site, the platform delivers intelligent matchmaking in accordance with personal preferences. By using guided communication, the site manually verifies all profiles so that users have a safe and easy way to meet other seniors. On this site, profiles are based on the Big Five Model of Personality, helping seniors choose a compatible partner more efficiently. The site recommends matches so that users do not have to scroll through hundreds of profiles. Most users on this site have four-year degrees and high income. Features include the ability to private message, real-time notifications, and a subscription for online blog articles and dating resources.
Silver Singles is exclusively for adults over 50 and designed for those looking for serious, long-term relationships. Users are able to view matches for free but to contact other users, they must join for a monthly membership fee that varies on the length of the subscription. Members must create profiles with personal facts and take a Color Code personality tests which allows the matchmaking site to more accurately find matches. Users are also allowed to “favorite” singles, saving other members in a list which will notify the other user that they are on someone’s favorite list.
Dating For Seniors is one of the most popular dating sites for adults over 50. It’s very easy to use and identifies a users location automatically so that users can find matches near their location. Users are able to browse profiles for free but must pay to see if a profile is active. You only need a valid email address to join and the site offers a 3-day free trial. DatingForSeniors also uses a Rapid Match feature so that users can see profiles of potential matches quickly.
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