Online Dating for Seniors

According to the Pew Research Center, the share of 55 to 64-year-olds that sign up for dating sites has doubled from 6 percent to 12 percent in the last 2 years. Boomers are a prime target for dating sites because they are more likely to be single, divorced or widowed.

Willing to try Online Dating? Here’s How to Get Started:

  • When you are asked to share something about you, make sure it is upbeat! For example, do you like to dance or go to museums?

  • When making that first date, offer to meet for a walk or a cup of coffee. This makes the date more casual and if it doesn’t work romantically, it’s easier to transition into friendship.
  • Take a photograph of yourself in an area that is well lit and make sure the background doesn’t detract from you. Remember to smile!
  • Ask questions that reveal each others’ interests, such as family, hobbies, and occupation.

Popular Dating Sites for Seniors:

eHarmony – eHarmony’s Compatibility Matching System searches through thousands of senior singles to find the most compatible match.

Match.com – Of its 17 million members, 2.5 million are seniors.  You can explore your potential mateís education, faith, and politics.

OkCupid.com – OkCupid, 3.5 million members, offers a unique spin on profile questions, such as “What six things could you never do without?”

OurTime.com – One of the most popular sites for the over 50 set, OurTime boasts 1.4 million seniors. Its personality questions range from “Do you like to cook?” to “Are you a punctual person?”

ChristianMingle.com – Is religious preference important to you? This is the largest online community for single Christians.