Dating at any age is awkward, scary, and often, a pain. True, being in the over-60 group may mean that more people your age are already off the market — but online dating can prove that the mature dating pool isn't dismal, even if your local one is.
It's quite normal to feel hesitant about making the jump to online dating as a senior. Finding a dating site that feels comfortable and natural is intimidating at any age. 20- and 30-somethings have a hell of a time finding a dating app that works for them — there are almost too many options. Late baby boomers (and early Gen X-ers) have a more straightforward approach.
Youth has another disadvantage that older singles may not have considered: Many people in their twenties and thirties just aren't ready to settle down. Developing a crush on someone is more likely to end with an awkward situationship rather than something serious. Most senior singles have been figuring this whole "love" thing out for longer than millennials have been alive. With life experience and possible previous marriages under your belt, you know the red flags, and you know what you want.
EliteSingles’ senior dating blog(opens in a new tab) notes that most older individuals realize that life is just too short to play games and that older people take dating much more seriously than they did 40 years ago. Who cares if this person isn't your first (or second, or third) love? The potential for lasting love is what matters. As one person in the Reddit thread datingoverfifty(opens in a new tab) suggests, if you want commitment, a site with a high barrier to entry — like eharmony, Match, or Elite Singles — could help to weed out people who aren't about to pay a high monthly price just to mess around.
Despite the added layer of seriousness, butterflies are still in your cards. And if you want to skip the heavy, emotional stuff altogether, just say that in your bio. There are plenty of other mature singles who are looking for anything from a casual hookup partner to a traveling companion or workout buddy. Many singles in their 50s and 60s(opens in a new tab) have found more success (due to the sheer number of people) on apps with heavy millennial influence, like monster swiping app Tinder and Bumble.
What should I consider when choosing a dating site?
Relationship preference: Before signing up for any dating app, consider exactly what you hope to find. Do you want a companion to spend time with as you head into retirement? Do you want someone younger who can keep up with your fast-paced lifestyle? Maybe you want something casual and exciting (no shame!). Whatever you’re looking for—there’s a site for it.
Site popularity: You might be tempted to sign up for niche dating sites to narrow the funnel in terms of your potential matches — but the more popular the site is, the better. Sites with several users mean lots of chances to match with someone you click with.
Ease of use: Most apps and websites are pretty straightforward — but certain sites are much more clear and easy to sign up for than others. Certain sites will give you a multi-step sign-up with endless questionnaires to better match you—but there are many apps and sites that skip over all that and get straight into it if you just want to browse around.
Social media integration: Dating sites with social media integration are going to be your best bet in terms of making sure you’re chatting with real people and not bots or catfish. This doesn't mean you have to actively be on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, but many apps will use third-party social media verification to signal to other users that you are, in fact, real. There are even websites available that only match you with friends-of-friends if you’re particularly concerned on that front.
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Security: Online dating can present some new risks, particularly in the form of fake accounts. You want to aim for sites that offer photo verification and the ability to block any unsavory members who might be looking for a target to take advantage of.
Budget: There are lots of free sites and apps out there — but the free version is often lacking in in-depth features and other aspects that make meeting someone easier. Consider how much you’re willing to spend per month before jumping into just any site.
So, what are the best dating sites for seniors?
Some of the websites we’ve noted are for all ages, with a senior option, and some are specifically for people over 50. All of the sites have free memberships, but to get the real in-depth features (like unlimited messaging or seeing photos), you'll probably need a paid account. From easy-to-use apps to more serious-minded dating websites, here’s to finding love later in life!
Keep reading our guide below to find your personal best dating site. (Note that prices for dating apps and sites are constantly changing. We update regularly, but there might be minor price differences.)
Best dating site for serious relationships
- Free version: Yes, but limited
- Six months of Premium Light: $69.90 per month
- 12 months of Premium Plus: $49.90 per month
- 24 months of Premium: $39.90 per month
Who it's for:
With its hefty price tag and high success rate, eharmony is for singles looking to settle down and find their forever love.
eharmony is one of the first dating sites most people think of when logging into the online dating community—and for good reason. The dating site launched over 20 years ago and has since become the most efficient dating platform in the business.
According to the company's 2021 Married Couples by the Numbers Facts reports(opens in a new tab), nearly three-quarters of members met their spouses within one year of joining the site. What's more? The company claims to create 15 million matches daily — some pretty impressive numbers, if you ask us.
Why we picked this:
Although it’s considered more conservative than other dating sites, it will be your best bet for finding a serious match thanks to the comprehensive questionnaire and more mature and experienced demographic. Keep in mind that eharmony does charge a bit more than other sites, but the next-level matchmaking service is well worth it if you have the budget.
Best eharmony alternative
- Free version: Yes
- One month of Standard: $45.99
- Three months of Standard: $95.97 ($31.99 per month)
- Six months of Standard: $137.94 ($22.99 per month)
- 12 months of Standard: $227.88 ($18.99 per month)
- One month of Premium: $50.71
- Three months of Premium: $104.97 ($34.99 per month)
- Six months of Premium: $149.94 ($24.99 per month)
- 12 months of Premium: $239.88 ($19.99 per month)
Who it's for:
A whopping 37% of Match members are 50 or older, according to a recent survey (opens in a new tab)posted on the Match website. And, eight in 10 members have either attended college or hold a degree. So, this site is clearly for those who know what they want and aren't afraid to go out there and find it.
Match's decades in the business bring constantly-evolving insight to the table for singles looking for that spark. Match has managed to conserve the core values it was born with in 1995 while revolutionizing the experience to match the modern user.
One of Match's shining points of consistency over the years is its well-populated but balanced (opens in a new tab)user base(opens in a new tab). There's a near-even split between men and women, users who don't have kids and users who do have kids, and a pretty stacked feed of people to match with, even if you're looking for love in a less-populated area. The 50+ age group is the site's fastest-growing demographic.
Why we picked this:
Match (no more ".com") has totally reconstructed its questionnaire to be less of a tedious interrogation and more of a conversational probe into how you'd react to realistic situations —both with a partner and, say, a neighbor who needs help at 3. a.m. The dive into your values and daily habits (plus the ability to mark traits that are deal breakers) ensures that Match sets you up with someone whose ideal lifestyle matches yours.
AskMatch, a free dating advice service that lets you pick the brain of a dating coach, can be thanked for a wave of positive reviews on the App Store(opens in a new tab). In 2020, Match launched Vibe Check, a social distancing-era video call feature that aims to give matches the closest thing to a first date. (It's also a smart way to ensure that someone is who they say they are.)
For Those Looking For Sex
Best dating app overall
- Free version: Yes
- Three months of Premium Intro: $57.80
- Six months of Enjoy the Love Plan: $23.62 per month
- 12 months of Long-Term Value Plan: $18.70 per month
Who it's for:
Not everybody wants to sort through younger singles to get a mature partner to settle down with—and that’s where SilverSingles comes in. The site was made exclusively for singles ages 50 and above to have a space to find a like-minded contemporary to spend their golden years with. Note that you might find SilverSingles has a less appealing interface than more modern dating websites — but it’s just as intuitive and easy to use compared to the other more modern dating websites and apps on this list.
Why we picked this:
SilverSingles differs from traditional dating apps because it doesn't allow users to swipe left or right. Instead, SilverSingles does the legwork for you by sending you a set number (three to five) of matches daily.
Plus, with this app, you'll find that member profiles are filled with information, so you'll know everything you need to know before making a move. SilverSingles uses the same five-factor model that EliteSingles uses to discover more about a user's personality, likes, dislikes, and desires, so you can rest assured these profiles are 100% real. What's more? You can rank how important certain qualities like age and education level are to you, so you won't end up with unsuitable matches.
Best dating app for women
- Free version: Yes
- One month of Premium : $34.99
- One week of Premium: $17.99 per week
- Three months of Premium: $69.99
- Lifetime of Premium: $199.99
Who it's for:
Women seeking men finally find some peace with Bumble, which requires that in those pairings, women make the first move (in fact, men aren’t even able to reach out first). This approach gave the app popularity, but it's far from its only draw.
Why we picked this:
The easy-to-use app makes swiping and chatting much more fun and casual than more traditional dating websites, which is a great way to get to know the online dating community without getting too serious (unless you want to).
A 24-hour chat limit starts after all matches, meaning someone has to send the first message, and the other person has to reply, or the match expires. It's a quick turnaround but helps combat the massive match queues that are too common on swiping apps.
You'll see pictures and short bios of potential matches in your area and can swipe depending on your interests. Bumble also offers a BFF feature to find strictly platonic friends and a LinkedIn-ish networking feature called Bizz to remind everyone that it's not just a hookup app.
Best dating app for professionals
- Free version: Yes, with limited features
- Premium Classic: $59.95
- Three months of Premium Light: $173.85 ($57.95 per month)
- Six months of Premium Comfort: $269.70 ($44.95 per month)
Who it's for:
Whether you’ve been burned by monetary disagreements or work ethic differences in the past or want to find a match with a similar lifestyle, EliteSingles’ emphasis on career and money allows members to match with those they’d be comfortable with eventually sharing a bank account. Calling on a more established crowd, EliteSingles offers a mature space for ambitious individuals to connect without feeling awkward about talking frankly about career goals or money, ensuring future relationships start on solid ground without any surprises in their work habits.
Why we picked this:
EliteSingles helps users find serious matches through its in-depth personality test. This test is built with finding your special someone in mind. It matches people based on the “Big Five Model of Personality(opens in a new tab),” which identifies members’ five main personality dimensions. These include openness, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.
In addition to having a kick-ass match algorithm, EliteSingles sends matches your way daily, so you don't have to waste time sifting through hundreds of profiles just to find your person.
A dating site to avoid
- Free version: Yes, but extremely limited features
- One month of Premium: $29.95
- Three months of Premium: $59.95 ($19.98 per month)
- Six months of Premium: $74.99 ($12.50 per month)
- 12 months of Premium: $149.95 ($12.50 per month)
Who it's for:
Zoosk doesn't really have a particular target user. This site is for anyone and everyone who wants to explore online dating.
As you use the site, its algorithm begins to "understand" what you like and who you're looking for. It does this based on your actions and interactions with the site. So, the more you use it, the more likely you'll find a date. The only problem? There are a lot of fake profiles on this site.
Why we picked this:
Zoosk is a last-resort pick for us. While the SmartPick and Super Send features can be helpful in finding a potential match, there are a few things we wish we could change.
Although Zoosk has its perks — it's super easy to make an account and was popular once — this dating site has many problems. First off, the site has a very dated design. It looks like it was modeled after the Facebook app from 2012. It also claims to have 40 million active members, which might sound like a lot of options for senior dating, but most are bots and dormant profiles.
You'll also need to pay because every feature costs money. And, to make matters worse, all subscriptions are billed as one-time payments. So, if you decide the six-month plan isn't worth it, you can't back out. Overall, Zoosk's downsides totally outweigh the few good features.
A last-resort dating site
- Free version: Yes
- One month Premium Feature: $29.99
- Three months Premium Feature: $69.99
- Six months Premium Feature: $89.99
Who it's for:
OurTime is a dating app designed for users 50 and older, but there's no real matching algorithm from there. While the site does take age, location, and gender identity into account, there's no personality test or robust profile features.
You might be tempted to start using OurTime immediately — it’s quick to set up and easy to use — but the seniors-only dating site tends to match users with a lot of dormant accounts or bots, which can cut into your time spent looking for love and make the experience very discouraging and unpleasant, especially if it’s your first attempt at looking for a match online.
Why we picked this:
For us, OurTime is a last-resort dating site option. You can keep an OurTime profile in your back pocket as a backup if you’re struggling to find like-minded folks on other apps and websites but don't make this your go-to dating site.
How we tested
We regularly test dating sites to see how they stack up against each other when it comes to finding love and making a genuine connection. We investigate the functionality and features of each site and app to ensure we're giving a comprehensive review and providing our readers with the info they need to make sensible decisions when swiping right or left.
We test dating sites for various categories, including ease of use, active userbase, matching algorithms, communication tools, safety and security measures, and value for money.
For this roundup specifically, we focused on features catering to older adults looking to find companionship in their golden years, whether it's friendship, love, sex, or just someone to chat with. All apps and sites listed above have been thoroughly tested by Mashable staff writers or freelance writers with experience researching and writing aboutsex & relationships.
Leah is a shopping reporter at Mashable, where she covers shopping trends, gift ideas, and products that make life easier. She graduated from Penn State University in 2012 and is watching horror movies or "The Office" when she’s not shopping online herself. You can follow her on Twitter at @notleah(opens in a new tab).
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- Best Dating Sites for Older Adults of 2023.
- Elite Singles.
- Christian Mingle.
- Feel like you belong. ...
- Be open to casual relationships. ...
- Explore multiple platforms and services. ...
- Be open to opportunities. ...
- Be open about your past relationships. ...
- Find people from your past. ...
- Be open about being on the dating scene. ...
- Leverage the power of the Internet.
Honesty and respect are important, with no drama and no games. Being honest and not “fluffing up” your stories will ensure that you won't get caught up in a lie later on which will make him lose his trust in you. Also, being honest and respectful will attract similar behavior.What do men in their 60s want in a woman? ›
Most men in their 60s know what they want. They have rich love and life experience that has made them wiser, more thoughtful, and realistic. So, a 60-year-old man will most likely want your friendship, companionship, and attention. Most 60-year-old men look for someone who shares their interests and values.What are the odds of getting married after 60? ›
45 to 54 years – 63% will remarry. 55 to 64 years – 67% will remarry. 65 years and older – 50% will remarry.Does AARP have a dating site for seniors? ›
First, enter the age range you're interested in and your ZIP code. Click Find Dates. Then create a username and password to begin. If you are an AARP member, you get a seven-day free trial and 50 percent off membership.Is eHarmony good for over 60? ›
eharmony: Best for Serious Relationships. If you're looking for a serious relationship, you aren't alone. eharmony is a website that curates serious, long-term relationships for individuals across various age groups, including seniors. This platform is the most popular dating site for serious relationships.Is SilverSingles a good dating site? ›
I've been on the site three months, had one date and had many reach out to me. Some are scammers. I would not recommend SilverSingles if you are looking for a serious relationship.” Join Silver Single's exclusive 50+ community for expert advice and a meaningful online dating experience.What's the biggest red flag in a guy? ›
- Overly controlling behavior. Overly controlling behavior is a common red flag in relationships. ...
- Lack of trust. ...
- Feeling low self-esteem. ...
- Physical, emotional, or mental abuse. ...
- Substance abuse. ...
- Narcissism. ...
- Anger management issues. ...
A study from the University of Bath in the U.K. shows that the odds of finding love after 60 are 1 in 562 – but only if you leave meeting the love of your life to fate.
- They talk about their ex too much (...and unfavourably) ...
- They are rude to the wait staff. ...
- They are overly critical. ...
- They're late (and unapologetic) ...
- They expect you to pay. ...
- They are constantly on their phone. ...
- They disregard your boundaries. ...
- They talk about themselves too much.
They found that 53 percent of participants ages 65 to 74 had sex at least once in the previous year. In the 75-to-85 age group, only 26 percent did. (Lindau notes that a major determinant of sexual activity is whether one has a partner or not — and many older people are widowed, separated or divorced.)What attracts a man to an older woman? ›
What attracts a younger man to an older woman? Why younger men are attracted to older women includes their experience, confidence, assertiveness, and maturity. A few years younger than a woman will likely find her life experience intriguing; he wants to learn about her and her life experience.What does a man look for in a woman physically? ›
Heterosexual men tend to be attracted to women who have a youthful appearance and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist–hip ratio.What men over 60 want in bed? ›
For them, ladies come first
More often than not, older men like to pleasure their ladies as much as possible. If you're used to one orgasm per sex sesh, your older guy might just get you in the habit of going for multiple 'Os' every time you hit the sack with him.
"Faithfulness, supportiveness and reliability are therefore traits that older men feel more attracted to, as opposed to being attracted to unpredictability and adventure." This doesn't mean that men in their later years don't want to have fun, but their priorities are just different and more mature than when they are ...What happens to a man's body at 60? ›
After 60, your bones and joints begin to show signs of aging. As you age, you absorb less calcium from the food you eat. Your bones need calcium to stay strong, and without it, they become weak and brittle. Vitamin D, which decreases with age, helps your body utilize calcium.How often do married couples in their sixties make love? ›
By the age of 45, people have sex an average of 60 times per year, or just over once a week. By age 65, most people have sex around 20 times per year, or less than one time every two weeks.Do married couples in their 60s make love? ›
You won't age out of sex.
But a comprehensive national study of sexuality and health among older adults shows that most people want and need sex well past 60, and continue to have it often—even well into their 80s.
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, divorce rates were highest (about 43%) among both sexes, aged 55 to 64. In other words, couples in long-term marriages, perhaps staying in a less-than-ideal situation until their kids left the proverbial nest, are now forging their own single paths.
Many singles in their 50s and 60s(opens in a new tab) have found more success (due to the sheer number of people) on apps with heavy millennial influence, like monster swiping app Tinder and Bumble.Is there a free dating site for seniors? ›
- OurTime. OurTime is a service from the group behind Match, an established name with great experience in the online dating world. ...
- SilverSingles. SilverSingles is another dating service for the over 50s. ...
- eharmony. eharmony UK. ...
- EliteSingles. ...
- Match. ...
- Plenty of Fish. ...
- Coffee Meets Bagel. ...
- Best for marriage seekers: eharmony.
- Best paid dating site: Match.com.
- Best for daters over 50: OurTime.
- Best free dating app: OkCupid.
- Best for men seeking women: Bumble.
- Best for women seeking men: Hinge.
- Best for queer women: HER.
- Best for Jewish daters: Jdate.
$65.90 per month or $395.40. However, your contract will automatically renew as Premium Plus at the Premium Light monthly rate. If you don't cancel your membership renewal before the specified date, they will charge $790.80 (or $65.90 x 12) in at most four installments.What is the age limit for eHarmony? ›
You must be at least 18 years old to use eharmony.How old are most people on eHarmony? ›
eHarmony Age Range
Apps like Tinder, Bumble and Hinge are common with people in their early 20s, but eHarmony is more popular with people in their late 20s and above.
SilverSingles vs eHarmony – eHarmony uses an in-depth personality questionnaire to match its users of all ages while SilverSingles is simpler. But one has a much more hands-on approach to providing matches.Why are the pictures blurred on SilverSingles? ›
If you can't see your photo, it's probably due to one of the following reasons: The photo has not been approved yet. The image did not conform to our quality criteria.What does a smile mean on silver singles? ›
Send a Smile - You can send one as a greeting or simply to express your interest. You'll find this option directly on their profile or via your Matches list.What is green flag in a guy? ›
have a positive, optimistic outlook on life. have a good sense of humor. take responsibility for their life, their feelings and the consequences of their decisions without blaming others. take care of self physically and emotionally; dresses in a clean, attractive manner and eats right and exercises regularly.
- He Listens to You. If a guy is serious about you, he will really listen and he won't take anything you say for granted. ...
- He Makes Future Plans. ...
- He Checks Up on You. ...
- He Helps You with Any Problem. ...
- He Makes You a Priority. ...
- He Does Thoughtful Things. ...
- He Introduces You to His Friends.
Look Them Up Online
“Ask to be Facebook friends with them or follow their Instagram handle and see their past uploads,” recovery and dating specialist Cherlyn Chong tells Elite Daily. “If they are single, it should be pictures of just them, or them with friends.”
A younger man can absolutely find an older woman attractive, and vice versa. Many beautiful women happen to be older; that doesn't mean they're not a good match for a young person! There are many reasons why young people are attracted to older people.What percentage of 60 year olds are single? ›
The youngest and oldest Americans are the most likely to be single – 41% of those ages 18 to 29 and 36% of those 65 and older say they are single, compared with 23% of those 30 to 49 and 28% of those 50 to 64. These age differences bely huge differences by gender.Is 60 to old to fall in love? ›
Whether you're 35 or 75, it's never too late to fall madly (or gently and even sacredly) in love. Just ask actress Ellen Burstyn and a host of other women who found themselves in the heat of romance when they least expected it. My mother met the love of her life when she was 84.What is love bombing in dating? ›
Love bombing is a form of psychological and emotional abuse that involves a person going above and beyond for you in an effort to manipulate you into a relationship with them. It looks different for every person, but it usually involves some form of: Excessive flattery and praise.What is a green flag for a guy on first date? ›
“A green flag is when a potential partner is considerate and aware of your boundaries, asks for clarification on them when they are unclear, and does not push them,” she says. Let's say you ask to meet at a bar or the park on the first date and have expressed that you're more comfortable meeting in public places.How often should a wife please her husband? ›
According to a research published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour, a married couple should get intimate around 51 times a year, which turns out to be once a week, to lead a satisfying and happy life.Do guys care about age difference? ›
Romantic couples with a large age gap often raise eyebrows. Studies have found partners with more than a ten-year gap in age experience social disapproval. But when it comes to our own relationships, both men and women prefer someone their own age, but are open to someone 10-15 years their junior or senior.Why do guys like to cuddle? ›
"Cuddling, especially with someone you like, gives you a sense of closeness and relaxed intimacy that's difficult to find in other activities. If you feel comfortable with the other person, it kind of just let's you relax and not have to do much physically.
Women's butts come in all different shapes and sizes, and they're all beautiful. While some men fantasize over big, juicy, bodacious butts, others prefer smaller, perfectly shaped ones. Butts and wide hips symbolize femininity, which makes sense why men are so attracted to them.
These features could be their lips, faces, hair, body figure, skin, and smile. The physical attributes that are attractive to some vary per age, preference, and environment. In a way, scent also makes a person attractive.What makes a woman irresistible? ›
A truly irresistible woman is honest about what she wants and the way she lives her life. Be forthright about your actual interests and personality quirks (even if you're embarrassed about some of them). People like being around someone that's honest about who they are.Is 60 too old to find a partner? ›
As we get older, we still have a need for closeness and companionship. Many older people find themselves newly single, or simply decide now's the time to find a partner. Whether you're separated, bereaved, or have been single for some time, it's never too late to start a new relationship.How to find a husband after 60? ›
- Start with giving yourself a pep talk. ...
- Don't try to replace someone you've lost. ...
- Let friends and acquaintances know that you are open to meeting someone special. ...
- Be honest about what you're looking for. ...
- Consider online dating services as a way to enlarge your pool of eligible singles.
Maximum dating age:
[Your age – 7] x 2 = maximum age limit. For example, if you're 60: The minimum dating age: [60 ÷ 2] + 7 = 37.
By the age of 45, people have sex an average of 60 times per year, or just over once a week. By age 65, most people have sex around 20 times per year, or less than one time every two weeks.What are some red flags to avoid when it comes to dating an older man? ›
Lack of respect for boundaries
This can be particularly important when dating an older man, as the age difference may create an imbalance in power dynamics. If your partner consistently disregards your boundaries, whether it's about personal space, communication, or decision-making, it's a significant red flag.
The youngest and oldest Americans are the most likely to be single – 41% of those ages 18 to 29 and 36% of those 65 and older say they are single, compared with 23% of those 30 to 49 and 28% of those 50 to 64.Do older men fall in love faster? ›
Often a younger man falls in love faster, while an older man may take a while. For example, teenage puppy love can be one reason why couples fall deeply in love faster. However, not everyone may know if the person they're with is right for them and they may feel confused.
As you age, your perspective on love changes. The kind of relationship you want often differs from what you desired in your younger years. It's more about finding the right person instead of physical attraction. You're more confident, experienced, and have a better idea of what you want.How often do 70 year olds make love? ›
They found that 53 percent of participants ages 65 to 74 had sex at least once in the previous year. In the 75-to-85 age group, only 26 percent did. (Lindau notes that a major determinant of sexual activity is whether one has a partner or not — and many older people are widowed, separated or divorced.)What are the benefits of getting married after 60? ›
Maturity Enables Better Problem-Solving: With age comes wisdom, and with experience comes a better understanding of how to work together to accomplish goals together. Older couples tend to have much more experience, understand the challenges that health issues can pose and have a handle on patience and compassion.