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|Sean Garrity • 11/17/16|
The Short Version: SeniorMatch.com is a go-to online dating destination where men and women over 50 can find like-minded people, whether they’re looking for soulmates, travel or activity companions, or lasting friendships. The site’s community forums, member benefits, and features (such as instant messaging, hotlists, and advanced search capabilities) have connected thousands and continue to help singles find their perfect match — no matter what their idea of perfect is.
Picture Beverly, a 59-year-old woman who recently lost her beloved husband. As with anyone who has lost a spouse, it took a few years before her grief subsided enough for her to think about getting out and meeting new people.
But she hasn’t been on a date in over 30 years, and she’s not sure where to start. Beverly heard online dating was popular, but she knew absolutely nothing about how it worked. She always had the impression of these sites being for people in their 20s.
However, folks like Beverly don’t have to worry because they can turn to SeniorMatch, a user-friendly dating site just for mature singles.
“We just really want to create a high level of comfort with users who have been actively dating or those who have been out of the dating game for a while,” said John Martinuk, SeniorMatch’s Customer Support Manager.
“Some people are on the site to find love,” he continued. “But others are just looking for companionship. For some, the idea of being in another relationship doesn’t work, so people also find friends on SeniorMatch in addition to romance.”
SeniorMatch focuses on people over 50 and is dedicated to helping them meet others in their age bracket. Numerous features, tools, community forums, and member benefits make the site a fantastic resource for mature men and women looking to connect.
SeniorMatch’s members are full of life and looking for those who are like-minded and going through similar experiences.
“Our website is all about making people feel comfortable,” John said. “On other sites, people over 50 can’t help but compare themselves to their 20-something counterparts. And that’s not fair for them to compete with younger people. It can be very discouraging.”
People over 50 flock to SeniorMatch because they don’t have to feel nervous about expectations. They are guaranteed to connect with peers, which almost ensures the people they meet are relatable. And if people are not ready for romantic relationships, they can seek friendships with no pressure to date.
SeniorMatch.com provides endless opportunities to meet people for many different reasons — not just dating. It’s the perfect way to slowly get back into the groove before getting serious about looking for a long-term relationship or even marriage.
“Many members on our site are looking for romance, but some may just want to share experiences with others,” he said. “Maybe their true love passed away, and they just want to find people to spend time with. We deliver that for them.”
Those who have been out of the dating scene for a while don’t have to worry when they’re on SeniorMatch. The beauty of the site is all of the features make it user-friendly.
Connecting on SeniorMatch all starts with creating a profile. Members begin by uploading a main photo and a few other images, so prospective dates can get a real sense of who they are. People can then add personal information, so when others browse through profiles, they will be able to gauge compatibility to see if they would like to pursue a conversation.
Once a profile is set up, users are free to search the database for eligible partners in their area. And if people are feeling adventurous, they can expand the geographical range to widen the field of potential suitors.
Once members find someone they like, they can send virtual winks. These are also pre-written messages you can send to people that say, “Hey, I liked your profile, and I’d like to talk to you.” The person can either respond with another wink or jump straight into emailing you. Once at the email stage, people usually introduce themselves more fully and ask the other person about themselves.
For those who prefer online chatting, SeniorMatch has them covered. Unlike email, instant messaging takes place in real-time and is a great way to get a feel for how someone responds immediately in a conversation.
At SeniorMatch, people can find more than matches — they can also find tons of dating advice and date ideas, which is great for those whose dating skills might be a bit rusty. Their Dating Safety Advice & Tips page offers users a wealth of information ranging from first date tips to dating safety.
Members can learn how to choose a place where they can actually talk and get to know someone, like grabbing a cocktail or taking a salsa dancing class, as opposed to a movie. Also, if members are nervous about communication, SeniorMatch offers advice about that.
Another exciting feature of SeniorMatch is the community forums that allow members to have exciting discussions with each other online. Members aren’t just limited to talking to the people with whom they directly contact (or vice versa). Instead, they have a whole network to interact with and get advice and support from.
SeniorMatch also publishes user-generated blog posts, so members who have a knack for writing can contribute their advice and stories. This benefits both the contributing users by turning their experiences into words and also the membership at large by sharing stories they can relate to and learn from.
While SeniorMatch.com offers a free membership, the Gold membership includes many more benefits. Gold memberships can last from three to six months and carry perks such as advanced search capabilities, unlimited instant messaging and emailing, access to hotlists and daily dating news, and expanded privacy options.
Some seniors find it uncomfortable to share online dating spaces with people in their 20s. SeniorMatch solves this problem by barring anyone under 30 from membership. This effectively lessens the amount of fraudulent accounts and keeps the site peer-oriented.
SeniorMatch is also very user-friendly, even for those who aren’t necessarily tech-savvy. “We try to keep the site as streamlined as possible,” John said. “It’s intuitive and easy to use.”
But, if members happen to run into problems or can’t figure something out, SeniorMatch’s customer service is always there.
“Our staff is also available to answer any questions users have,” John said. “We’re always available via telephone, so users can connect with an actual person to resolve any questions.”
When newly-single people like Beverly began their journey into online dating, they can often be filled with nerves. They know they want to meet new people, whether it be for romance or friendship, but they don’t know what to expect.
Luckily, they have a site like SeniorMatch that provides quality services for dating and beyond. People simply wanting companions can make connections on SeniorMatch and start to create a new future.
Like their members, SeniorMatch also has a bright future. The site’s developers are working to expand their offerings with a dating app that gives users even more ways to meet matches. Mature men and women will surely be connecting and sharing experiences well into the foreseeable future thanks to SeniorMatch.