A recent Pew survey on remarriage found that divorce rates for older Americans have doubled since 1990 and one in two divorced or widowed seniors had remarried in 2013.
That represents a big boost for senior dating sites and an increase in the number of older singles populating the big sites like
The online dating scene is a bit of a jungle, with people claiming to be who they aren’t (younger, mainly) and potential matches getting stuck in endless email conversations before ever meeting.
But with promising new sites launching all the time, it’s becoming easier to navigate the landscape and find the right fit for you, whether you’re looking for companionship, a lifelong lover or a fun date for the weekend.
Here are our dating site picks for seniors, 2104 (see our earlier picks here).
We’ve tested the big sites, as well as some promising newcomers.
A companion/dating site for older adults age 50 and over, Stitch launched earlier this year in San Francisco and is accepting signups from users in other areas of the country.
New York City and Los Angeles are up next and will launch when enough people have registered from these areas.
Why it made the list It’s beautifully designed, with clear information about how to use the site.
The mandatory identity verification system is a nice safety feature designed to eliminate scammers, well worth the verification fee for a free user plan.
Plus, the people who run the site seem genuinely interested in getting user feedback and acting on it.
Who’s It good for Older people looking for companionship, activity partners, a travel companion, dating or a long term relationship. By connecting with your Facebook account, it matches you with a person, called a “bagel,” who is a friend of one or more of your Facebook friends.
The downside Currently, unless you live in the San Francisco area it’s impossible to do a targeted search for your state or city. When you receive a bagel, you have the option to like or pass; both sides have to like in order for either to take the next step.