Online dating sites aren’t only the domain of younger generations.
Even seniors turn to them in their quest for love and companionship.
Some may never have quite found that special person in their lives but aren’t quite ready to give up.
Or they’ve lost their partner or their marriage didn’t turn out quite as they planned but now they are ready to play the field again.
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Senior dating sites are a niche within the world of online dating that’s growing at a rapid rate.
And in today’s wide-ranging review, we are looking at one of these sites – Senior Match.
In particular, we’ll judge it from the following points of view:
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Senior Match Review in Video Form
Audio (podcast) form for those of you on the go
Ease of use – 5/5
Effectiveness – 4/5
Key features – 4/5
Pricing – 4/5
Pros and Cons
- Has both an app for Apple and Android phones
- Excellent key features
- Very well priced membership packages
- Has a strong user base for a niche site
- Messaging is limited
- The site has a very bland design
Who Is It For/Demographics?
People over the age of 50.
That’s who Senior Match is aimed at specifically.
One thing, however, is those in their 50s might be a little offended to be called seniors, that’s for sure.
But seriously, this is one of the first dating sites to target seniors and it has been in operation online since 2001.
But it’s not only about finding love.
Senior match is almost a social network for older users where they can connect, meet new people, find travel companions, and more.
And while it is specifically aimed at people over 50, that doesn’t mean those are the only profile you will find on the site.
Yes, it also includes users in younger age brackets but only from 45 and upwards.
That’s the rule at Senior Match.
Now let’s look a little deeper into the numbers behind Senior Match.
For a site that’s been online since the early 2000s, you would expect it to have grown pretty big by now.
User numbers at Senior Match
Listen, there is no denying the fact that Senior Match only caters to a tiny niche target market in the online dating scene.
And while the niche might be smaller than most, because it’s been around for a fairly long time, Senior Matches’ user numbers are decent.
In fact, on the website itself, they are happy to claim that over 1 million people make use of the site in their quest for friendship and love.
But let’s break that down a little further.
- 260 000 users are from the United States
- 6 000 users are active each day
- That’s 42 000 users a week and over 160 000 per month
Senior Match also says that over 72 000 people have met their perfect match using the site.
They aren’t scared to show some of these success stories on their landing page either when you sign up.
In looking at those numbers, it’s easy to see that Senior Match is a very active online dating site.
Sure, it’s not pushing the numbers that a regular dating site that takes all kinds of users would but that’s because it is specialized.
With a quarter of the users coming from the United States, if you live there, particularly in a big city, matchups shouldn’t be difficult to come by, based on the numbers alone.
For the rest of the world, well you are going to have to test it out.
But before you do, let’s breakdown the gender ratio as well as the age ranges of users on the site.
Gender and age breakdown on Senior Match
Let’s start with the amount of male and female users on Senior Match.
- 40% of the users are male
- 60% of the users are female
That’s an interesting split.
Normally with niche dating sites, you will find more male users than female users but at Senior Dating, it’s the females that have the most users.
It’s not by much, however, so no matter if you male or female, there are going to be potential matchups for you.
But what about the age ranges?
Well, you’d think that people 55 and older would dominate the site.
And yes, they are the biggest group found on Senior Match.
But it’s still quite an interesting spread.
Here’s a breakdown from the most popular age group downwards (and remember, you can only register for the site if you are 45 or older).
- 45-54 years old
So users that are 55 and older make up just under half of all the profiles found on Senior Match.
In fact, it’s 60% broken down into 36% female users and 24% male users.
So a quarter of the profiles on Senior Match are females over the age of 55.
The 45-54-year-old group makes up 40% of users on the site of which 25% are female and 16% are male.
And there you have a detailed breakdown of what Senior Match is all about from a demographic point of view as well as who the site is mainly aimed at.
Now let’s jump into the sign-up process and starting your own profile on Senior Match.
Ease of Use
While it’s not a new dating website, unlike others that are close to two decades old, Senior Dating has kept up with the times.
And that’s in the fact that if you have three ways that you can register for the site:
- By using the app (it’s available for Google and Apple phones)
- By signing up using your social media account (Facebook, in this case)
- By signing up via Senior Dating’s website
If you anything like me, you might prefer the old tried and trusted method and that’s by using the website.
To do so, you start off by proving the standard information that dating sites require.
- Your gender
- The gender you’d like to be matched with
- The age ranges of those matches
- Your location
That takes literally one minute to complete but you are not done yet.
Next, you have to provide your age and your email address as well as your real name (which is never displayed), a username, and a password.
Setting up your profile
While some dating sites let you get straight into the website after this point, Senior Match actually has you fill in your profile.
And you cannot skip this step, which I actually like because it means you get it done.
This is the information you will need to provide:
- The country you live in
- Your height
- Your ethnicity
- Your current relationship status
- Profile picture
- Profile headline
- Profile description (50 characters at least)
- About your match (50 characters at least)
Once you have done all that, you are taken straight to the Senior Match website although you will receive a verification email that you will need to reply to.
Finding your way around Senior Match
The first thing you will notice about Senior Match is the distinct lack of anything to do with color.
This site is virtually in black and white.
But with who it is aimed at, it doesn’t have to be bright and sparkly does it, it’s just got to do a good job.
Navigating the site is achieved through the menus at the top of the screen.
- Home: Returns you to the home screen
- Discover: Here you can search for matchups
- My Lists: Here you can find all the users that viewed your profile, requested a photo, liked a photo, etc.
- Community: Here you will find various forums as well as blog posts from other users
- Messages: Here you will find the messages you have received from other users as well as those you may have sent.
The rest of the home page includes a feed from other members.
For example, you can see when they have uploaded a photo or updated their “about me” section.
This also allows you to comment on these updates, so that’s a way to interact with other users.
The home page also includes a quick search option where you launch any of your own searches from while on the right-hand side of the page you will be provided with profiles that Senior Match thinks you might like.
Lastly, on the left-hand side of the page, you will notice a “Connections” section.
Here you will find
- Another link to any messages you have received
- A list of people who have liked your profile
- A list of people who have liked your photo
- A list of people who have winked at you
- A list of people who have winked at you
It’s almost a double-up of what you’d find under the “your list” menu in certain areas.
It can be a little confusing at first because there is a lot going on here but it doesn’t take more than five minutes to find out what everything does and where everything is.
Now let’s get onto the critical part.
And that’s using Senior Match to help you find love, companionship, a friend, or whatever it might be that you are looking for at this point in your life.
I’ve already mentioned that Senior Match has an activity feed where you can find potential matchups.
But it also suggests people that you might want to meet which appear on the right-hand side of the home page.
On the home page you can conduct a quick search with the gender you are looking for, their age range and location.
The “Discover” menu allows you to do a far more in-depth search with a host of extra parameters.
The thing is, these parameters are only available to you if you take out membership on the site.
I will take more about what these parameters include later in the review as well as other search extras for members.
Making contact on Senior Match
Let me just start by saying that if you want to use Senior Match in a meaningful way to find companionship, you are not going to get that right without purchasing a membership.
There is just no way to contact people and communicate with them effectively without it.
If you click on someone’s profile, you do have the option to type them a message.
But just click send and you are whisked away to the membership sign-up page.
You can reply to messages but after a while, even this becomes far too restrictive.
Other ways of letting people know that you are interested in them including liking their profiles or send them virtual winks.
And you can only send 50 winks per day.
So if you are thinking of becoming a member of Senior Match so you can send messages to your matchups, you’d probably want to know what other key features you can expect.
Most of the key features found on the site form part of the membership package.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer
1. Sending messages
I’ve already talked about the fact that as a member you can send unlimited messages.
For me, this is the most critical part of any dating site membership.
You want to be able to fire off messages to potential matchups and reply to any that you receive.
Simply put, without messaging, finding love on a dating site is impossible.
There are a few added extras as well that Senior Match also offers when it comes to messaging.
For example, you can see just how often users reply to their messages which means you can stop wasting time trying to contact someone who is probably never going to get back to you.
2. Improved search parameters
As a regular user, the parameters for searching are very basic.
Members, however, get the option of adding far more to each search they conduct.
These are based on their profile entries for example:
- Appearance (height and body type)
- Relationship status
- If they have children
- And so many more
But there are even more ways to search for love.
For example, you can search for potential matchups via their username or you could even search exclusively through new members to the site.
3. Reverse matches
As a member of the site, you also have the chance to look through what Senior Match calls reverse matches.
These are people that are similar to you and the returns are based on your self-description that you put down in your profile.
If you are bored of the normal way of searching for a potential matchup then this is a little different and worth checking out from time to time.
As a member, you can start your own blog or read the contributions of others.
5. Account manager
If you’d like, as a paying member on Senior Match, you can ask for the help of your own personal account manager.
They will advise you on any queries you have about the site and show you the best ways to get the most out of it in your search for love.
6. First date ideas
While the first date ideas section of the site is for everyone, as a paying member you are allowed to comment on people’s ideas and provide them with feedback.
It’s all just a little bit of fun, really.
Spark is a roulette-style matchup game where you can browse through potential matchups.
These are close to your location, so it’s a great way to finding people near to you in a matter of a few seconds.
You can then like their profiles or move on to the next if you don’t.
8. See who favorited, liked, or viewed your profile
Sometimes people don’t understand how useful it is to see who may have favorited, liked or viewed your profile.
Think about it, they would really only have done that if they had some interest in what you have to offer.
As a member of Senior Match, you can identify people who have done so and follow up on it if you’d like.
Those are just some of the key features that you will have access to when you take out membership on Senior Match.
Of course, membership comes at a price.
So what can you expect to pay for a Senior Match membership and what kind of options do they offer?
Senior Match has only one membership type and on the whole, I think it’s very competitively priced, especially when you think about the key features offered.
Here’s a breakdown:
- 1-month membership: $29.95 plus you receive an additional 10 days free
- 3-month membership: $59.94 ($19.98 per month) plus you receive an additional one month free
- 6-month membership: $95.95 ($15.99 per month) plus you receive an additional two months for free
As I said, those prices are super competitive, even the monthly option.
And then Senior Match throws in the extras as well.
If you know you are going to make use of the site for an extended period, look no further than the six-month option.
Effectively it becomes eight months in total at only $11.99 per month.
Now that’s value for money.
Conclusion and Overall Rating
If you are older than 45 and looking for an exclusive dating site to find love, companionship or even just a friend, then Senior Match is well worth your time.
While it’s not much to look at, it’s got a decent userbase as well as all the tools you need to help you in your quest for love.
Yes, you are going to have to take our membership to use the site effectively, especially when it comes to making contact with someone.
But what has impressed me most about Senior Match?
The fact that not only does membership offer you so many other excellent extras but it’s so well priced as well.
I mean, what other website gives your personal account manager that you can call on at any time?
And as I said, the pricing is so competitive, plus Senior Match actually adds on extra days or months, depending on what package you opt for.
So let’s get to an overall rating for Senior Match.
I am giving the site a very impressive 4.25 out of 5.
You should really give it a chance if you are older and looking for love.
Frequently Asked Questions
Senior Match is no fly-by-night dating website.
It has been around for a long time and certainly is safe to use.
You can rest safe in the knowledge that your personal details as well as any banking details you provide to the site when you sign up for membership are kept secure behind the lastest security firewalls.
To a degree, yes.
You are free to register for a profile on Senior Match.
You can also search using a few set parameters.
You can also reply to messages sent to you but you cannot send messages at all.
To do that, you would need to take out a membership on the site.
For sure it is.
Senior Match is not a new dating site.
And it’s longevity – it has been in operation since 2003 – certainly lends the site credibility.
Senior Match first started in 2003.
It’s a dating site aimed at older people from 45 upwards but does focus more on people that are 50 and older.
To date, Senior Match has attracted over 1 million users with around 260 000 of them coming from the United States.
Senior Match gives you three different ways to sign up.
Either head to the website and create a profile by choosing a username and password and filling in some questions or use your social media account – Facebook in this case – to speed up the process.
If you’d prefer to do everything from your phone, you can download the Senior Match app and sign-up.
That’s available for both Android and Apple users.
If you’d like to take your Senior Match account offline you first need to click on your profile picture.
Once you’ve done that, select the “settings option” and then “disable account”
Enter your password and Senior Match will take your profile offline.
If you only want to hide it, click the “hide your profile” button instead.
Note, if you are a member of the site before you do any of this you must turn your auto-renewal of your membership package off first.
Disabling your account will not do that.
Fill in this contact form if you would like to contact Senior Match online.
If you’d prefer to send them a regular mail, this is the address to mail it to:
10 – 8707 Dufferin St, Suite 160
Vaughan, Ontario L4J 0A6
If you are a member, the Senior Match search engine includes a number of parameters that form part of the search algorithm.
These are for you to adjust to fine-tune your returns.
Senior Match also offers reverse matches where the algorithm matches you up with people who have described themselves in a similar way to you.
If you’d like to block a user on Senior Match, you will first need to open their profile.
Once you’ve done that, look for the “…” button in the top right corner.
If you click that, you can select the “block” button.
That user is now blocked.