Digital dating is often thought of as something more for younger audiences. With the most popular services, Tinder and Bumble, often appealing to millennials and young adults, it’s understandable to think this at first.
However, the more you get into online dating, the more you might realize that there’s a website or app for just about every demographic, and that includes middle aged to older people.
Many dating websites and services today either are fully dedicated to or have options that appeal to older audiences. The people running these companies understand that college aged people aren’t the only ones out there trying to date, but rather all ages of adults are.
That being said, the first thing you’ll want to determine is whether you want to use a dedicated older dating website or a generalized dating service. When it comes to dating sites that are specifically for those 40 and older, OurTime has emerged as one of the most popular.
It’s free to use, though there are upgraded memberships available with additional features. OurTime has become so popular because it’s able to focus on the audience that it’s trying to appeal to (meaning it’s able to help you find people based on your interests in particular).
Another popular service is SilverSingles. SilverSingles is a bit different from OurTime in that it’s a matchmaking service. While OurTime has you go through profiles individually to like or dislike the accounts, SilverSingles sets you up with other profiles that it thinks will make a good match.
It does this by using a computer based algorithm combined with the information about yourself that you give it. When you sign up, you take a basic quiz that determines your personality, interests, what you’re looking for in a relationship, and more.
Then the system matches those answers with other profiles that have done the same. If you’re not exactly keen on using dedicated over-40 dating sites, many modern dating apps and websites have options that you can use to adjust your age and the age of people you’re looking for.
For example, Tinder, one of the most popular general dating apps, allows you to adjust search results in the settings for distance, gender, and even age. It allows an age range from 18 to 55+, so no matter how old you are or how old of a partner you’re looking for, you’ll be able to find someone.