Silver Singles offers a 'fresh take' on dating for mature people over 50 and promises to match you with men and women in your area with an easy as pie service. Let's take a look for ourselves!
Senior dating can feel like a guessing game, with a choice between either a mainstream dating site where none of the members will be anything close to compatible with you. The other - potentially worse - experience is a mature matchmaking site that feels way too much like boredom. No matter whether you're 50 or 80, we all want romance, intimacy, connections and, ultimately, happiness. It's high time senior dating caught up with a vibrant, user-friendly and dynamic dating platform that offers the same quality of features as you'd find elsewhere - but specifically designed for senior men and women. Silver Singles does a great job of hitting every one of those targets.
It's appropriate, but not dull, it's interesting, but not overwhelming, and it takes real steps to eliminate spammers, and make sure any match you make on the website will be compatible with all the things that are most important to you.
We're not looking at a massive platform here, with about 50,000 Aussie members, but that membership is of the highest quality, with each person a single guy or girl aged over 50, and looking for love. It's great to see a focus on personality, passions and finding someone like-minded. While it does take a few minutes to complete the personality test, it's an effort that pays dividends in suggesting people who have a great chance of being just the person you're after to spend your golden years living the highlife with.
“Classy, well-organised and dedicated over 50s dating for Australian singles. Silver Singles is fun, upbeat and yet secure - and indeed a breeze to use.”
Here's how it works:
Some of the questions are multiple-choice between images, so pick the one that appeals most to you and don't spend too much time trying to guess what they mean!
Select your location from the map, and you're able to upload a profile photo or choose to come back to it later.
You're good to go and get instant access to your home page.
It's worth noting that while you need to provide a date of birth, that isn't shown on your profile, and nor is any of your personal information. This is used to verify the authenticity of your account and provide compatible match suggestions - for example, if you'd said you are happy to meet women plus or minus ten years of your age.
I checked what would happen if I entered a DOB that would make me younger than the intended 50+ membership, and I was able to create an account. That's no biggie (and it's perfectly valid that a 47-year-old woman might wish to meet guys over 50!). However, there is a potential to meet younger people on the site who fall a little outside of the mature age group.
Once you've finished registering, you have direct access to all the functions - including your matches, inbox and account support. At this stage, you'll be prompted to decide whether you want to explore the site on a free account (with limited functionality and user profile photos blurred) - or are ready to dive on in with a premium account and start chatting!
Silver Singles offers a service that feels comfortable - in the best possible way. The site is more about conscious connections, compatibility, and a bespoke approach to match suggestions that is missing from a lot of mainstream sites where it feels like a race to the finish, and based far more on appearance than real like-mindedness.
I like the fresh layout, the excellent level of functionality, and that the app offers all of the features that you'll find on the desktop version. That seems a small point, but a lot of mature dating sites assume that in our golden years we're not going to want the flexibility of chatting on the move - which simply isn't true!
What's ideal is that Silver Singles is easy to use, and has a smart grey background with even spacing between the boxes, so you don't feel rushed or pressured to find what you're looking for in a cluttered interface. At the same time, those features offer a lot of choices, from viewing matches, switching up your profile preferences, using icebreakers (a brand new feature!) to introduce yourself - or just scrolling through local profiles to see who is out there.
When it comes to senior dating, it's so easy to get it wrong, but I think Silver Singles is setting the right tone. While it's still a small user base in Australia, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that grows rapidly - as more mature daters start demanding more of their matchmaking subscriptions.
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