When online dating sites first debuted back in the mid 1990s, it was a rather taboo way to meet someone. Many people wrote off the phenomenon as a way for the undateable—desperate even—to find a partner. Well, let me assure you, a lot can change in a couple of decades. These days, tens of millions of Americans use online dating sites. But with that acceptance, has come a slew of choices that can sometimes be hard to navigate. Rather than sorting through hundreds of search results in the quest for the perfect online dating site for you, check out our suggestions for the best sites for finding love after 50.
eHarmony. eHarmony has been around for what seems like forever, and has earned the top stop among dating sites for seniors. The company actually has a sub-site designed just for the 50-plus demographic. The site uses its patented matching system to help you connect only with other members that you will be compatible with—a useful head start considering the site has roughly 15 million members. Subscriptions are available from about $20 per month.
SeniorMatch. SeniorMatch is specifically geared toward users over the age of 50 and does not allow membership for anyone younger than 30. The site that prides itself in attracting active individuals who enjoy outdoor activity and travel. There are two membership levels available, the free standard membership that allows you to create a profile as well as view profiles and respond to messages from gold members, but doesn’t let you initiate contact. Gold members can initiate contact and have a few other perks. Gold memberships are available in packages with rates from $15.95 per month.
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OurTime. OurTime is a member of the Match.com family and touts itself as the “largest dating site for singles over 50.” It focuses on connecting members with shared interests, and allows free profile browsing. We couldn’t find any stated rules on OurTime, which makes sense since the company promotes choice and freedom, so you’re likely to find members from all walks of life in your search. This is one of the more affordable options, with subscription fees starting at just $11.99 per month.
Stitch. Stitch is the newbie in the group—it was founded in 2014 with the mission of helping older adults find companionship, whether it be in the form of romance or friendship. Interestingly, that means that you can join Stitch even if you’re married, since the site also promotes finding “activity partners” that you can travel with, share hobbies with, etc. Stitch also focuses on safety and quality of members. Stitch is private, so only members can view your profile. Full membership is $80 per year and includes direct messaging, more security features and allows you to browse more profiles each day compared to the free version.
Ayi. What the other sites like in quality of mobile apps and social media integration, Ayi has built itself upon. This dating site actually uses your Facebook profile to connect to you to friends of friends as well as local singles that share your interests. Though not exclusively geared toward the 50 and up crowd, Ayi brands itself as “online dating for grown ups,” as compared to say Tinder which tends to attract a younger membership. Ayi is a free app available for your computer, on Facebook and on both Android and Apple devices, but there may be a charge for additional features.