Apps and sites for dating in your 50s and 60s and beyond | #dating | #elderly | #seniors
Those looking for a more mature match have a handful of apps and dating sites at their fingertips. The Star took a peek at some of the most popular ones:
The Lumen app is only available for those age 50 and older. It works by allowing users to start six conversations a day with potential matches. Everyone on the platform undergoes photo verification, where Lumen staff compare photos uploaded to a user’s profile with a selfie they submit during registration to weed out fake profiles. In a bid to further create quality matches, users are also prevented from writing “icebreakers” – the first note in a conversation – with anything fewer than 50 characters.
The SilverSingles dating site, previously called PrimeSingles and Single Seniors Meet, has been catering to those above 50 since 2011. It makes matches based on location, lifestyle plans, relationship goals and personality traits discerned through a questionnaire. Once a user creates a profile and completes the questionnaire, they’re delivered between three and seven matches a day.
This app claims it’s the largest dating app for the seniors market. It has a free version that lets you send an unlimited number of “likes” to other members, but the paid version will let you start sending messages and find out when they’ve been read. Buyer’s beware though that the Apple App and Google Play store and watchdog website Consumer Affairs are all rife with reviews from users complaining of scammers messaging them through the app.
This dating site, which got a shoutout in Daddy’s Home 2, does not allow members under the age of 45. Beyond offering users a way to meet their match, the site also has options to help find a travel mate, someone to take part in hobbies with or just a companion. The site operates with “winks” – a pre-written, one-liner meant to let someone you’re interested and spark a conversation. Users can send 50 winks a day.
This site says it launched in 1993 and is targeted at members 45 and older. Its advertising boasts the potential to find matches in 32 countries. The site promises that it is “not about hookups,” but warns that not all users are on it to find a long-term relationship. “Some of our members are looking to date, travel, relocate, or receive gifts…Some members are looking for popularity and recognition of their talent,” the website reads.
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