If you're looking for the perfect senior dating site that recognises and is built around your busy schedule, you may want to give SpeedDate.com a try. The site says it was the first to be dedicated to online speed dates when it launched in late 2007, and since then, millions of speed dates have taken place on the site.
This site is very much based around its live video and instant messaging capabilities, which allow you to quickly meet and get chatting to someone, so that you don't waste any time arranging a meeting from them, only to discover that you just aren't compatible.
Live video and instant messaging are really what this site is all about, as you'll realise when you log into your account for the first time and have loads of other senior daters appearing in the bottom bar that alerts you to people requesting a 'SpeedDate'. Indeed, if you want to do much the same to other members, just click the 'Invite to SpeedDate' button, which becomes a 'SpeedDate Now!' button when the person is actually online.
The other obvious thing that marks out SpeedDate.com from alternative senior dating portals is the left-hand 'Your Active Goals' sidebar that really helps you to make the most of the site. This is a very handy feature if you're not used to dating sites or even the Internet in general, as is the case for many senior daters. This sidebar can give you a tutorial on how to send an email, for example, or use the Advanced Search capabilities. It can also help you to get a greater number of higher quality matches - such as by prompting you to upload a photo or complete your profile.
Plus, there are all of the more usual dating site features, such as the ability to 'favorite' and 'wink' at others.
You only need to give your first name, so you aren't identifying yourself in full. Don't worry about getting harassed by anyone either, as there's a Report Concern button on each profile if you need it. Scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to dating safety tips.
SpeedDate.com clearly understands that if you're a plus 40 dater, you're probably a busy person who doesn't want to waste time filling in long questionnaires. Instead, you're just asked for the basics - a first name by which you'll be identified on the site, your gender, the gender of your prospective date and an email address and password, as well as your country. That's all the site needs - you can then gain access without even needing to click on an activation link in an email. Nor are you forced to upload a photo if you want to just take a look around the site first.
There's no free trial option, but the subscription options that exist are very nicely priced, given that they give you unlimited chat, full email access, a higher search result ranking and greater all-round control. We especially like the value of the 12 month membership package.
|OPTIONS||TOTAL COST||COST PER MONTH||SAVINGS|
|1-Month Membership||$31.99||$31.99||38% ($36.12)|
|3-Month Membership||$59.85||$19.95||38% ($36.12)|
|6-Month Membership||$95.70||$15.95||50% ($96.24)|
|12-Month Membership||$155.40||$12.95||60% ($228.48)|
The various tabs might well confuse you if you haven't used a dating site before, but they aren't too difficult to get to grips with. The main dating functions can all be accessed via blue tabs at the top of the page, called Search, Likes Me, My Mail and My Profile. For the tabs that have a little downward arrow, you can hover other them with your mouse cursor to access a greater number of options. You can access your account settings, meanwhile, by clicking the 'More' tab at the top right of the page and clicking the relevant link.
You don't have to be an Internet wiz to find like-minded fellow seniors quickly through this site. After hovering your mouse cursor over the Search tab, you can just click Online Now! to see who's using the site at the moment, or click Top Matches, which brings you the members that suit you well when it comes to such factors as ethnicity, body style and height. Alternatively, perform a Basic Search by location, distance, age and/or keyword, even sorting by SpeedDate Picks if you wish. Or, take advantage of an Advanced Search functionality that allows you to narrow down senior daters by a wide range of other parameters.
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