Even those of us over the age of 60 and older need a chance to find love, right?
Senior dating is a massive portion of the online dating scene on the internet and today, we are going to look into a popular dating site that serves this specific niche.
And that’s Senior Friend Finder.
This all-compassing review of the site will cover just about all you need to know if you are considering trying out the online senior dating scene.
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But first, a quick look at the ratings.
Ease of Use – 2/5
Effectiveness – 3/5
Key Features – 3/5
Pricing – 3/5
- Free chat rooms, groups, and blogs
- An active user base (if you live in big metropolitan areas)
- Setting up your profile is simple enough
- Free accounts are very restricted
- There are not only seniors on the site
- Takes some time to work out how the site works
Who is it For/ Demographic Make-up?
This site is aimed at one demographic and one demographic only.
And that’s seniors.
They might be single and never married, or perhaps they are widowed and now would like to meet someone new.
Perhaps they are simply lonely and looking for companionship.
What Senior Friend Finder does is give them the chance to find like-minded people, no matter what the reason they are making use of the site for.
By the numbers
So now that we know just who Senior Friend Finder is targeting, let’s look at a few facts and figures behind the site.
Senior Friend Finder isn’t new.
In fact, you can go back all the way to 1996 to find its origin.
Yes, that’s how long the site has been around.
And you’d expect that even though this is a niche site targeting a group of people that aren’t always recognized as the most tech-savvy, it should have built up a fairly decent user base.
Yes, it has.
In my research, I found that Senior Friend Finder has around 400 000 active users.
That’s certainly an impressive amount for a niche site that’s targeting people over the age of 60.
So the user base is certainly there to work with, that’s for sure and if you are thinking about trying the site out, those user numbers are certainly encouraging.
Trying to find a breakdown of male to female users proved difficult while the large majority of users are over the age of 55 although weirdly, there are some younger profiles as well.
Ease of Use
Just how easy is it to start your own profile on Senior Friend Finder?
Well, to begin, you’d have to register first.
After heading over to the website you will have to provide some important information as part of the sign-up process.
This includes a five-step process where you will give:
- Your gender
- What you are looking for from returned matches (male, female or couples/groups)
- Your date of birth
- Location (country, state, city)
- Email address
- Body type
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- Living situation
- Exercise activity
Then you must provide an introduction to your profile while it’s optional to fill the “tell us about yourself” section.
Of course, you should fill in as much as you can on your profile because those that are completed certainly attract more attention on dating sites.
It won’t be any different on Senior Friend Finder.
After you’ve done all of this, you are ready to log in for the first time.
To do so, you are going to have to reply to the validation email sent by Senior Friend Finder to your inbox.
The first thing you will notice is that you are taken straight to a membership payment screen which advertises the two options that Senior Friend Finder offers.
You don’t have to sign up for membership now if you don’t want to.
In fact, you should first find your way around the site before you do.
Navigating your way around Senior Friend Finder
In terms of the overall design, Senior Friend Finder is simplistic and makes it easy to find your way around.
For the most part, you will navigate the site using the menu system you find just below the site banner near the top of your screen.
The menu’s you will find here are as follows:
- Home: Click on this any time you want to go back to the homepage
- Mailbox: If you send or receive a message, this is where you can find it again
- Notifications: All notifications you receive are recorded here
- My Stuff: There are 22 seperate menus found under My stuff. You access your profile from here or edit it, manage your photos, add blog posts, see who has flirted with you, viewed your profile, sent a friend request and much more.
- Search: If you are wanting to search for a matchup and like to set parameters, this is the search tab you should use.
- Live action: Not so much live cams here – that wouldn’t be appropriate for this kind of site – but more live chat. Click here if you’d like to speak to people in a chat room environment.
- Community: User blogs, groups that you can join, free magazines and more are to be found under the community tab.
There are lots to get used to here because there are many sub-menus under each of the main menu’s.
But the more you mess around on the site, the easier it gets to find your way around, so don’t be discouraged to try things out.
You will also notice that if you click on the home page, there are further menus on the left-hand side.
Many of these are the same as you will find under the main menus but just provide another way to find your way around Senior Friend Finder.
Over 400 000 users… check.
A website with all the tools you need to find the perfect matchup… check.
The question now is how is the best way to go about that?
Searching for love on Senior Friend Finder
There are many ways that you can use Senior Friend Finder to search for love.
Of course, there is the regular way in which you click on the search button and add the parameters you want before launching your search but there are other methods too.
Let’s look at some of those first.
If you are on the homepage of the site, you will notice a few profiles that you may like to look through as provided by the Senior Friend Finder.
These can be a little hit and miss.
I guess, if you live in a larger city, they would all be pretty close to you but when I looked through them, only a few were close to me while others were far away, sometimes in another country.
If location isn’t a problem – perhaps you just looking for online companionship you could choose to show members currently on the site by choosing the “whose online” option.
And there are others, for example, “members near me” or “VIP members”.
You can even search through members by looking at the most popular members on the site or popular photos and videos.
There’s also an advanced search which is the one I would like to chat about because it provides all those changeable parameters that you can select and alter as you wish.
So here’s an example of what can be adjusted when it comes to search parameters.
- Your gender
- What you are searching for (men, women, couple or group)
- Age range
- Within what distance of your location
- Join date
- Last login
That’s it for regular users but if you are a member, you can add the following extras.
- Sexual orientation
- Body type
- Eye and hair color
- Hair length
- Are they a smoker?
- Do they drink?
- Marital status
- Living situation (alone, roommates, with children and more)
- Physically active
- Working status
- Religion (and it’s importance)
- Willing to relocate
- Astrological sign
- Chinese zodiac sign
That’s a ton of things that you can tinker with, that’s for sure.
Remember, if you do use a lot of these parameters and you are getting little returns, try and use less, unless some are non-negotiable for you.
Making contact with someone on Senior Friend Finder
Once you searching turns up a few matchups that you’d like to get to know more about, you’ve reached the point where you want to get to know them a little better.
And that means messaging them, right?
It’s the most effective way to do so on any dating site.
And those behind these sites know that, so they often place messaging behind a paywall.
Senior Friend Finder does exactly the same.
But there is more bad news I am afraid.
You can’t even view their profile properly.
If you click on it, you get a small picture, their age and where they are located and that’s it.
For more information about them, you are going to have to sign up for membership.
Speaking of membership, other than seeing a full profile, what key features does that bring?
Before we jump into the key features, I think it’s worth taking a look at what you can do on Senior Friend Finder as a non-paying user:
- You are allowed to join the groups that form part of the site
- You can create your own blog and read those of other users
- Various chat rooms are available for you to use
Of course, membership offers far more.
1. Send and receive messages
If you can’t send and receive messages, a dating site become useless.
When you take out membership on Senior Friend Finder, not only can you send unlimited messages to any user but you can read the messages you receive from others as well.
As a regular user, messages from others will appear blurred in your inbox and nothing could be more frustrating than that.
Of course, realistically, to communicate effectively with someone that you’d like to get to know better, they need to be a member too.
Otherwise, your messages are just going to be blurred for them as well.
2. More search options
By becoming a member of the site, you open up far more search options.
We looked at all of these in the section above and I am sure you will agree, if you are someone that likes to spend hours changing parameters, your will love the fact that there are so many available.
Of course, you need to remember that more parameter narrows the potential returns.
Having said that, the user base at Senior Friend Finder is strong, so are welcome to change as much as you want and see what comes back in your searches.
3. View recorded intros
Users of the site are able to record video intros for their profiles.
This makes it far more lively than seeing some writing and a photo, right.
As a member of the site, you are able to view these recorded intros.
4. See new members first
The gold membership package on Senior Friend finder means that you get the first chance to contact any new members before their profiles become searchable for others.
5. Profile boosting
Gold membership also means that your profile will appear at the top of other user searchers.
Profile boosting has been proved to be a significant way to increase overall success on dating websites and it’s something that others offer too.
That’s some of the extra features you can expect if you opt for membership of the site, but what packages are available for Senior Friend Finder membership?
Well, there are two types of membership available on the site: Silver and Gold.
This is the cheapest option but doesn’t give access to all of the features that Gold membership does.
Here’s a breakdown of the costs:
- 1-month membership – $19.99
- 3-months membership – $36.00 ($12.00 per month)
Gold membership makes every single feature on the site available to you.
And it’s not that much more expensive than silver membership.
Here’s a breakdown of the costs:
- 1-month membership – $29.99
- 3-months membership – $59.95 ($19.33 per month)
The site regularly runs specials so it’s useful to keep checking back, especially if you haven’t made the decision to sign up yet.
Overall, those prices are competitive and very much in the ballpark when comparing it to other similar websites.
Conclusion and Overall Rating
And so we come to the end of our review of Senior Friend Finder.
Overall, there are a few things that I love about the site and a few things that I feel, hold it back.
If you are looking for a site to meet other seniors, then in my eyes, it’s worth your time.
I do feel, however, that overall, the design of the site leaves a lot to be desired.
As a senior looking for love, there’s just too much going on here.
When you compare Senior Friend Finder to other senior dating sites, they keep things so much simpler.
And the problem lies in the fact that they’ve just taken the Adult Friend Finder website template and applied it here.
While everything you need is here to help you find that someone special, the site itself is just too cluttered with too many things.
For example, if you hover over the “My Stuff” menu, you get access to another 24 other menus.
Is that necessary?
Many of these might be useful to the younger generation using Adult Friend Finder, but I don’t think they are needed here.
Of course, site redesigns cost money, so you can understand why the powers behind the site used an already established template.
That said, if you take out membership on the site, which is extremely well priced I feel, you get many features that are useful in your search for love.
For me, the fact that membership not only unlocks messaging but more search parameters is useful.
I also love the fact that it has a free chat room to meet others, has blogs that you can read from others or contribute towards yourself and includes groups that you can join up with which is a nice way to meet others with similar interests.
But what about an overall rating.
I am going to give Senior Friend Finder a rating of 2.75 out of 5.
I really feel that it’s let down by its design.
Older generations aren’t quite as tech-savvy as younger people, so making the website more simplistic in my view would improve it immensely.
Another thing that bothered me was the number of profiles on the site (below the ages of 50 in particular) that don’t need to be there.
What are your thoughts on Senior Friend Finder?
Would you try it out?
Frequently Asked Questions
Well, it’s part of the Adult Friend Finder network which is a massive online dating platform.
As always, your own personal safety is your responsibility ultimately your own responsibility and the sited does not conduct background safety checks on users.
That said, to become one, you will need a valid email address.
Your personal details and any banking information that you might use when signing up to become a member are all kept behind firewalls and other internet safety protocols.
If you’d like to use it to meet the love of your life, a companion for friendship or just someone to chat to in a country far away, then no, Senior Friend Friend Finder is not for free.
That’s because the most critical aspect in doing any of the above is messaging and the ability to do that is locked behind a paywall.
It’s part of the Adult Friend Finder network, so yes, this is a legit website.
Senior Friend Finder was established as far back as 2006.
It consists of a network of around 400 000 users most of whom are considered seniors.
It’s part of the Adult Friend Finder network, one of the biggest dating sites on the planet.
The process of signing up for Senior Friend Finder is easy enough.
It starts with a five-step process in which you give certain information, some of which will form part of your profile.
You will need to validate your email address before you can access the site, so yes, it needs to be valid.
Always remember to turn off your auto-renewal on your membership before you delete your account.
To delete your account click the “my account” button at the top of the page.
In the account section, you will find a button to delete your account.
Click that and follow the instructions to remove your account from the site.
Once your account is deleted, you can not get it back.
If you want to use the site again, you would then need to start a whole new profile.
To contact the customer service department at Senior Friend Finder, you can fill in this contact form.
If you’d prefer to send a regular mail, address it to:
910 E. Hamilton Ave., Sixth Floor,
Campbell, CA 95008, USA
It’s a search-based algorithm that takes various parameters into effect.
These can be as many as few as the user making the search prefers.
Click on the profile of the person you’d like to block.
Search for the “block” button.
Click on it and once you’ve done that, you will no longer receive communication from that user even if they continue to send it.
From there, find the “block” button and click on it.
If you’d like to report a user, the process is similar.
Instead of selecting the “block user” button, you simply choose the “report user” button and follow the instructions from that point onwards.