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If you think dating apps and websites are for younger generations - think again.
There’s a plethora of dating platforms for those looking for love over the age of 40, so finding someone with similar interests and local to you has never been easier. What’s more, the stigma which once surrounded meeting people online has gone – just look at the rise of Tinder over recent years!
We’ve rounded up some of the best websites and apps – so whether you’re looking for a casual fling or something serious, there’s something for every dating need.
Perhaps the most famous online dating website around, Match.com is great for all ages. Not only that, but it has something for everyone, too. You can go specific and find matches using the criteria search, or just browse through a variety of members’ profile
If you’re worried about feeling a little overwhelmed by it all, you can even opt for the “zen mode” – which means you’ll only be contacted by those who meet your criteria.
How much? Free to register but a subscription enables users to read messages and chat with other singles
eHarmony is another star player of the online dating world. The website proudly claims that more than two million people have found love through its platform.
On the whole, this is one great for those looking for more serious relationships. Anyone who signs up has to fill in an in-depth questionnaire to determine their personality traits, then the eHarmony team will send the user compatible matches based on their profile.
How much? Free but you’ll need to sign up for unlimited access to profiles of matches and customised messages. Subscription costs from £7.95 per month for 24 months.
Whereas Match.com and eHarmony are for every age, this dating platform is specifically designed for those looking for love age 50 and above. New sign-ups are made to complete a questionnaire that assesses their preferences, personality, and lifestyle in great detail.
This allows the site’s matching algorithm to make more intelligent pairings – giving users a better match. This set-up is designed to take the stress out of matchmaking – which sounds pretty good to us!
How much? Basic membership is free
According to its website, the Lumen dating app is ‘specifically designed for over 50s to meet genuine like-minded singles’.
It focuses on interests which matter to an individual – all with the aim of matching them with someone they can have quality conversations with. Also, to make it easier for those less technology savvy, the platform verifies every single photo of a person – to ensure everyone is authentic.
How much? Free membership but you can only start six conversations per day as a free member. You can upgrade to 12 conversations per day if you subscribe for £24.99 per month.
Our Time is another dating platform designed specifically for bringing together “mature individuals” – which it defines as those over 50. Its whole manta is based around the concept that romantic life can often begin again at 50, whether that’s due to a breakup, divorce or death.
Our Time also puts on activities for members to come and meet singles in person. There’s even the option to bring up to three friends along.
How much? Free
This dating website is popular with younger generations but that doesn’t mean mature singles can’t use it, too. The main attraction? This one is great one for female empowerment as women have to make the first move.
Female users can make the first contact with male singles they have matched with and in same-sex matches either person can send a message first. So if you prefer to take the lead on all things dating – this platform could be the one for you.
How much? Free! But there are optional premium features which require payment.