“Peak season is the perfect time for naysayers and first-timers to join an online dating site,” she says.
Here's how to be savvy and safe, as well as sane, in the cyber search for love.
En español | Like it or not, dating has gone digital.
As the stigma associated with online dating fades — and smartphone use rises — millions have turned to apps and sites such as Match, eharmony, Bumble and Tinder to find romance.
When it comes to meeting people online, sometimes you just don’t want to swipe anymore.
Or maybe you never started swiping and you would prefer a more immersive date-finding experience (that might cost you a few dollars).
One in five internet users ages 55 to 64 said they’ve used a dating app or service, according to a January 2018 poll from technology and research company Morning Consult. And the overall number of 55- to 64-year-olds who have dabbled in dating sites or mobile dating apps doubled to 12 percent in 2016 from 6 percent in 2013, according to the Pew Research Center.This is a natural evolution, says dating coach Julie Spira, an expert for the 50-plus focused dating site Our Time.Most people are already texting and checking social media on their phones, so “there’s no reason not to use an app to find love,” she says.Another perk of OKCupid is that it offers abundant flexibility in formatting your profile, allowing you to design it with as much creativity or simplicity as you’d like. Match If you’re looking to dip a toe into the world of online dating before fully committing to it, Match is a good place to start.
Their free membership, which allows you to create a profile and view potential matches without messaging them, is the perfect low-stakes testing ground if you’re trying to figure out whether this whole dating-site thing is for you. Plenty of Fish Plenty of Fish is a happy medium between Tinder’s easy-to-use, hookup-friendly platform and Match’s more value-driven, retro platform.There are scores of dating apps and sites to appraise — all with varying capabilities.