As a widow, my mother often tells me that she would consider going back on the market if she could just find the right environment. You know, somewhere safe, secure and not treating her as if she’s 100 years old just because she’s over 60. On the surface, Senior Match might seem like such a place. Its slick homepage is strewn with links specifically tailored to those over 50. I like that right from the start it seems to cater to mature daters. It respects their experiences in life rather than making them feel old.
The SeniorMatch signup process has a few differences from the norm. Usually, a complete or at least partial physical description is obligatory when you join a site. This time around, though, I only had to provide my height. No other details about my appearance were needed. I know that traditionally women like to date someone taller than themselves. Still, that requirement seemed somewhat arbitrary.
“I thought it showed some effort to make sure that even if some folks might be looking for a May-December romance, the younger participant was still in the realm of full bloom.”
I was required to verify that I was at least 30 years of age. I didn’t have to stretch the truth on that one. I thought it showed some effort to make sure that even if some folks might be looking for a May-December romance, the younger participant was still in the realm of full bloom. They would not still be wet around the ears from an April shower or the melting snow of early March.
Otherwise, SeniorMatch.com was par for the course. Its services resemble those of most other online dating sites. I discovered it is free to read the community forums and blogs. You can also reply free to email and instant messages. However, to initiate instant messaging or to compose emails you’ll need to upgrade. The same is true if you want to read some of the advice and general news items geared toward people 50 and over.
SeniorMatch hasn’t done well at attracting visitors. I’d like to know how busy my local area is, but it’s a bit hard to verify. Free searches only narrow results down to a 100-mile radius of home. Last login info for other members can only be seen if you upgrade to a premium subscription first. These hurdles seriously hinder my ability to see how many others living near me are using the site.
The site might attract more members through better promotion and repositioning its name to an audience young at heart. Not everyone of a certain age wants to be called a senior. Nor would he or she even consider him or herself one. Senior Match needs to work on grabbing hold of more of the vital baby-boom generation. In the meantime, it may be a site to keep your eye on.