In a Nutshell
- Instant messaging
- Online now status
- Fast and convenient carousel matching
- No human customer support
- Plans renew automatically
Sign Up Process
Signing up for Zoosk is extremely easy. The first step is creating an account, which entails inputting some basic information including your gender and sexual orientation, birthday, email address, and selecting a password. You will then have to put in your zip code or city, upload a photo so that other members can see you, and answer some “about you” questions like your level of education and if you have children or not. After signing up, you’re ready to get searching other members and finding your other half. Your homepage will bring up relevant profiles, from which you can scroll through, interact, and communicate.
Features & Communication Tools
The bulk of your Zoosk experience will be had on the homepage, which shows you suggested profiles through a carousel-like feature. You will be able to flip through profiles and view the person’s name and other basic information, as well as browse through uploaded pictures. All of the suggested profiles will be relevant to you, as Zoosk takes your profile information into account. So if you’re a 55 year old woman without children and are interested in men, the site will recommend men around your age who are interested in women.
If you see another member and want to connect, you can show your interest by sending them a “smile”, “like”, or personal message. Another fun way to connect is by sending virtual gifts. To buy virtual gifts, you need to buy Zoosk coins, which can then be redeemed for sendable gifts.
Another useful feature is one that lets you see who has viewed your profile. This is great because you’re able to see who is interested in you but may be too shy to make the first move. You can also connect with specific members that are online when you are by going to the “online now” tab on the homepage.
The features and communication tools makes the site ideal for 50+ singles, as it’s a no-games kind of site. If you’re interested in someone, you can easily send them a sign, and if not, you can keep browsing through the millions of other members. It’s really easy to find and communicate with other members, the first step in the dating process.
Safety & Security
Though Zoosk doesn't provide background checks on its members, it takes privacy and security very seriously. It has strong guidelines in place, as well as an online dating safety guide, to make your online dating experience both fun and safe. Zoosk doesn’t let people view other members’ profiles before logging in.
In the online safety guide, Zoosk recommends not putting your last name and contact information on your profile, and chatting through Zoosk's chat whenever possible. You can report or block any member if you feel they’re suspicious or on the site for the wrong reasons. You can also use the “hide & seek” feature, which offers three levels of visibility – 1. Hide - hides your profile so only people you message can see it, 2. Seek - makes you fully visible and lets people know when you’ve viewed their profile, and 3. Sneak - makes you fully visible while letting you see profiles anonymously.
Though Zoosk takes steps to protect its users and wants them to feel as comfortable and safe on its site as possible, at the end of the day it’s every user’s responsibility to protect themselves.
Signing up for a free account lets you use the platform and browse other members, but your access and abilities are pretty limited. Paid plans, which vary in price depending on the amount of time you sign up for, give you access to popular features like online chat, advanced matchmaking capabilities, and the ability to connect with members who have viewed your profile.
Matchmaking & Search Functions
Seniors looking to find love should find Zoosk’s advanced features useful. It’s known for its "behavioral matchmaking" system that learns about a user’s preferences over time. It learns a user’s patterns over time to determine who they'd be most suited for.
Another advanced matchmaking feature is “smart pick”. With smart pick, you’re asked to answer some in-depth questions, and from those answers, Zoosk will send you relevant profiles. The site also offers smart search features, like “go invisible”, which lets you browse profiles anonymously.
What Users are Saying
“We’re planning on her moving in with me next summer and getting married. Thank you, Zoosk!”
Ken from Hallandale Beach, Florida
“The second day I was on Zoosk, I got a few messages which I responded to. Nothing spectacular, but something. I have sent a few brief messages but get no response whatsoever.”
A. S. from Texarkana, Texas
Help & Support
Zoosk offers support through its FAQ page. If you have a question or need extra information about something, you can visit the page and from there, click on a question like “how can I pause my account?”, or “what features are offered for free?”. Zoosk also has a robust blog that walks people through the platform, features, and uses, as well as an advice section that has useful advice on dating, relationships, and the single life.
Zoosk is very popular amongst seniors and singles in their 50’s and 60’s. It’s a simple site that boasts millions of members, advanced matchmaking features, and good privacy standards. Zoosk is quick to set up, so you’ll be in the online dating game in no time!