A lot of today’s online dating sites and apps focus on the hookup culture that is prevalent today, thanks to Millennials cashing in on apps like Grindr and Tinder to swipe and score. However, there are plenty of other dating apps and sites available that cater to older users, specialty dating, and other needs, including those who are interested in mature dating.
Also known as senior dating, this is becoming quite the phenomenon among internet users. As older adults become more familiar with the Internet and mobile device use, they are reaching out to find new ways to connect with other seniors and mature singles in their area. For those who are retired or just don’t get out a lot, these kinds of connections may be few and far between otherwise.
Here is a look at the top mature dating sites and what they have to offer.
A website or app is defined for mature dating by the age range of the active users and the target audience that the company attempts to reach. While there are some general dating sites that succeed at catering to mature or senior singles, specialty sites typically yield better results because they narrow down the pool to people who are only interested in over 50 dating or mature singles. The list below contains only one basic dating site, as a result.
Match.com is, by far, one of the most popular dating sites for all interests, ages, and types of dating and relationships. The site offers dating algorithms to match compatibility and handpicked matches delivered daily. It allows users to sort and define their interests by age range, making it easy to connect specifically with mature singles in your area, if that’s what you’re looking for. More comprehensive search features allow you to filter everything from eye color to religion, making it easy to find your perfect match. Right now, the 50+ age group is the fastest-growing demographic on the site. A paid membership is required for full access to the site’s features.
OurTime offers a range of dating and relationship options for mature singles and seniors looking for companionship, love, and everything in between. Like most sites, users can browse for free and will need to pay for membership in order to access the full features of the site. Users can also use the Promote Me feature, allowing them to remain in the top of the search results for a full 60 minutes for better matching potential. This site is specifically designed for the 50+ crowd and those looking for mature dating.
Brought to you by the Friend Finder network, Senior Friend Finder is specifically designed for over 50 dating and relationships. There is a huge pool of active users on this site, which is one of the biggest draws for users. Users get up to 30 highlighted matches per day, which is two or three times what other sites offer. The site offers free profile setup and browsing, but a paid membership is required to interact with other users beyond basic flirts.
SeniorMatch offers membership for the over 50 dating crowd. Users are not allowed to register if they are under 45 years of age, guaranteeing that you will be connected to users within your age range every time you log in. There is a large network of users on this website and free access is available with limited functionality. Membership plans range in price and features but offer access to the full site for a monthly fee. This website has over 2.7 million monthly users, making it one of the largest dating sites for seniors online today.
Love Again is designed for those looking for their next chance at love later in life. Those who are looking for friends first or simply want a relationship can find plenty of fellow mature daters and singles on this site. The nature of this site targets users age 40 and older, so it might be a little on the young side for some senior dating interests, but there are plenty of users over the age of 50 and beyond. This site even allows you to connect with Facebook instead of building a full profile from scratch. A paid membership is required for full website access.
Single and Mature caters exclusively to mature and senior singles, providing a membership base of users age 40 and older that are seeking friendship, love, and other relationships with people their age. Like most sites, you can create a profile and browse other members, but interaction is limited until you pay for membership. Users who want to use instant messenger services or send private messages will need to upgrade to a premium membership.
Silversingles.com was founded in 2002, catering to those who seek serious relationships over the age of 50. The site has an intelligent matching system and a team of support staff that manually verifies all profiles to weed out spam, fake profiles, and other problems. The quality of members is higher and data encryption is used for member privacy. There are multiple membership plans available, with a plan required to use the full features of the site and app, and the mobile app is user-friendly. The site has over 800,000 monthly users.
DatingForSeniors is in the top 10 list of senior singles dating websites. Like others, it specifically targets users over the age of 45, but it doesn’t limit users to a sign-up requirement. Anyone over the age of 18 can create a profile, but the site aims to connect mature singles with friends and potential love interests. There are about 15,000 active users, mostly from the U.S. Free membership is available but access is limited. Without paying, users can only create a profile, upload photos, and search for matches. Premium membership unlocks the full site and there is a three-day trial available for a nominal fee.
Maturedating.com is a user-friendly dating website that features a “date cast” to mass-message potential dates and plenty of communication tools. Users can sign up for a free membership, which limits picture sizes and communication tools that are available. Full membership offers unlimited access to the website and mobile app, with various subscription plans available. Originally, this site was developed in the UK, but it has expanded to the U.S., Australia, and Canada in recent years, connecting users over 40 with their next potential love match.
Lumen bills itself as the “Tinder for people over 50” and is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. This exclusive app caters only to those over age 50 and all profiles are verified with photos. This dating site is designed for mature singles looking for a quick connection or just a good time, Lumen also claims to be the first app-only dating service for senior singles, but it also connects more than hookups with many users seeking friendship or long-term relationships.
Largely, the choice in dating apps and websites that you use depends on your personal preferences. The effectiveness of various websites will likely influence your decisions, of course. The best sites will match users based on various criteria, including your own attributes and the attributes that you seek in a partner. You can choose the desired age range on most apps, too, which means you can really find mature singles just about anywhere. If you want to guarantee the best chances of success, these dedicated mature and senior dating sites are your best option.