Should you go with a specialised senior dating agency or is a senior dating website the best way to find a long-lasting relationship? SilverSingles looks at the upsides and downsides of both options so you can make an informed decision about how to embark on your dating journey.
So, you’re thinking about getting back into the dating game. You may have tried some free online dating websites and had little success. Or you’re newly single and haven’t dipped your toes in the dating pool in a while. One thing is for sure, it can be tricky knowing where to start when it comes to online dating.
We’re going to look at two options that are popular with the over 60s dating crowd. Senior dating agencies and senior dating websites – which one should you pick? We look at the pros and cons of both options so your dating story starts off right!
Senior Dating Agency – Pros and Cons
Joining a dating agency can be a bit like joining a secret society. Except, instead of planning world domination, you end up coughing up a wad of cash.
Simply put, dating agencies have been compared to an old-fashioned way of dating. So, instead of filling out an online profile and uploading pictures like you would do on an older dating website – you give that information to a salesperson at the agency. They then ‘pitch’ you to other members, guaranteeing a certain number of ‘introductions’ even if you never progress past an introduction.
What makes it like a secret society is the secretiveness and discretion that comes along with joining a dating agency. You aren’t putting your picture online for the world to see. Although just like online dating your image and a vague description of your personality will be given to potential suitors – you just won’t be in charge of what is said, your matchmaker will be. Which is why dating agencies aren’t as popular as dating websites, while you are guaranteed a face-to-face introduction with another human being – that’s it. You’re not guaranteed the date will last longer than five minutes and the person doing the matchmaking is someone who will have only met you, and your matches, for a short amount of time.
One of the upsides of joining a dating agency is that you can put as much effort into as you want because at the end of the day someone else is going to be doing the heavy lifting for you. Of course, the same can be said for an online dating website but the difference is the more effort you put into dating online, the more success you’ll get back.
This is especially true on more niche online dating websites, for example, a senior dating website is going to narrow down the dating field to over 50s only looking for a serious relationship. A senior dating agency is a rare find, a quick Google doesn’t turn up many results. Which means if you were interested in a dating agency you’d have to go with a generic one, giving you a lower chance of meeting someone in your age range and with similar interests.
Dating Agency Pros:
- Guaranteed face-to-face introductions
- Discrete service
- As much effort as you want to put into it
Dating Agency Cons:
- Can be expensive
- Not guaranteed suitable matches
- Rarely a senior-specific option
Senior Dating Website – Pros and Cons
The age of the senior dating website has truly arrived, in fact, it actually arrived a few years ago. The number of 55 to 64-year-olds using an online dating website has doubled in the past few years. Senior dating websites, like SilverSingles, can be attributed to this rise in popularity. But what makes a senior dating website different than any other dating website? With generic dating websites, there are literally thousands of people to look at which means a lot of time, effort and a lot of bad first dates!
With a senior dating website, you’ve already narrowed the field to people in your age group – which means they know how old you are i.e. no thinking about shaving off a few years to get noticed. But doesn’t that still mean trawling through potential suitors profiles, messaging and spending a lot of time on your laptop?
Not necessarily, while a senior dating website will never act like a senior dating agency and introduce to people face-to-face – it can cut down the chase a little. SilverSingles uses a matchmaking algorithm to match you with the best possible partner using answers from an in-depth personality test based on established psychological practices. Sounds complicated? All that means is that you don’t have to do any of the looking, we’ll send you 3-7 matches per day and all you have to do is chat! You set your own schedule and with the SilverSingles app, you can even date on the go.
Dating Website Cons:
- No guaranteed face-to-face introduction
- Have to fill out a profile and upload images
Dating Website Pros:
- Matches get sent to you – not hard work!
- Personality test means compatible matches
- No pressure – date on the go
- Cheaper than a traditional dating agency
So which should you choose?
Getting back into dating shouldn’t be stressful, it should provide the space for you to rediscover yourself. Ironically, when you start thinking about finding a partner you tend to focus on yourself more. Which is why going to a senior dating website is our recommendation. The ritual of creating a profile, getting friends to snap some nice pictures of you and going on a few dates with people you’d never have had the opportunity to meet is like dating yourself!
SilverSingles is one of the best senior dating websites out there. We’ve created a site that’s easy to use, so even technophobes can sign up without a worry. We take our security seriously, which is why all profiles are vetted by our customer care team. Most of all, we only match you with compatible partners who share your values and goals – say goodbye to bad first dates.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for SilverSingles today.