Friday, November 13, 2009

Becka, 70: meeting men on senior dating sites

Becka, our intrepid senior online dating reporter, sent us her evaluation of several online dating sites from the perspective of a senior woman seeking men. As always, her report is both informative and entertaining:

PHOTO FINISH -- PART 1
by Becka

Let me paraphrase an old rock n roller: What a short, strange trip it's been! A jolly, jarring, coo-coo, sweet time I've had meeting men on senior dating sites. From boffo to bozo, I've met them all – or so it seems. Too many men, too little time, not enough memory.

Eharmony probably has the best setup. They guide you through the process beautifully, with many options, and the vibes inherent in their name appear to attract a higher type of person, male and female. (That would be me, of course.) You will end up spending money unless you're very lucky -- and quick, because most of these dating sites are timed release sites. That means, they won't release you to a fuller experience unless you are on time with a payment.

AgeMatch is just what it says. If you want a younger man but will stop short of hanging out at the local high school, this is your website. To each his own. One 30-something accepted me with the succinct phrase, “You'll do.” I was supposed to be flattered. I was not.

On the other hand, a 20-something commented on my picture, “You look like a lovely fairy in the woods.” I was charmed. However, I couldn't be sure it wasn't a 10-year old using his dad's computer.

Surprisingly I got more responses here than I did anywhere else: 67. Sixty-seven men wanted an older woman. Wow. Tell Hollywood! This may be very hopeful to those of you desiring that younger flash and dash. Or maybe youth today is just more tired than we know.

A super-friendly site is seniorchatters. It's located in the UK, but don't let that stop you. Plenty of Americans have joined. You get the first two weeks free, which is a plus. You can find both friends and lovers on this site and I began an interesting communication with a woman who lives in Turkey. I thought it would be neat to correspond with someone who has an entirely different life from mine. Keeps your brain alive.

I did end up going out with three men from my area and each one was a lovely person. I'll share my experiences next time. Life is long and hectic, until you get to be a senior. Then you realize your mistake. It's actually short and lonely. Why don't they tell us? Don't wait!


Thank you, Becka, for sacrificing so much time in the pursuit of, uh, educating the rest of us! See Becka's other online dating reports here.

2 comments:

  1. I've always wondered if eharmony was any good. They certainly do a lot of television advertising. Good to know they're for real.

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  2. Concerned Singles is based in New England, but membership is not limited to that area. While it's membership is much smaller than sites like eHarmony, I have been a member for a while, have had some very positive dating experiences/relationships, and it's always worth a good perusal for a newcomer. Their website address is www.concernedsingles.com

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