You were wrong if you thought dating platforms are only for young people seeking fun relationships, and meeting young people like them. However, they are not the only types of dating sites.
The majority of online dating sites are indeed for people of younger ages, but that doesn’t mean older people are entirely left out. Luckily, some dating sites specifically cater to their relational needs.
One such platform is DateMyAge, and as far it is about the general quality of service for that area, they are doing good. One of the main reasons for its existence is the particular gap. There are some individuals (mostly from the age of 40) who might be having difficulty getting back around dating because they’ve passed the “in-demand age.”
DateMyAge fills that gap, providing online connections and matches for middle-aged and older people who want to meet other people. It had considerable success to show for its efforts. DateMyAge has a significant user base (600,000 users come from the USA alone), and it increases at a rapid pace – around 115,000 new users every month.
The ratio of male users to female users is relatively balanced, with men constituting 58% of the user base, while the rest 42% are female.
One particularly curious detail is the age distribution on DateMyAge. For a site that claims to be specifically for older people, most of its users are between the ages of 18 and 34. On the upside, it might be a good thing for everyone. The older users get to meet younger users and vice versa.
DateMyAge might be for older people, but it stays true to the fundamentals of an online dating site. It means that users can use it to communicate and share content with the users they match.
Typically, the platform would suggest you matches based on your stated preferences and other interests. Furthermore, there is a messaging function to chat with them, just like you would on a social media platform.
You can tap on a user’s display name to view his/her profile details. Usually, you can see features such as the age, name, place of residence as well as other personal info (if they decide to include it). From there, you can choose to “Send a free message” using the button that has the command written on it.
The platform also has a filter system if you have a more specific person in mind. It can be tuned based on choices, status, and even ethnicity so that you find someone that fits your description perfectly.
Overall, DateMyAge handles like a real dating site should, although it feels a bit more like a social network. It is a good thing, as it helps achieve the goal of creating a platform for middle-aged and older persons to socialize and find a relationship.
Registration on a dating site is often underrated. It is a process that should be very easy on a platform, and once it isn’t, it counts against the website as far as usability is concerned.
Fortunately, DateMyAge makes its registration as simple and straightforward as it can. As a start, the platform places the registration form in an unobtrusive position where the user can easily reach. It requires you to select your gender and the gender of the person you would like to meet subsequently.
After that, you need to provide a working email address and create a new password. You would complete the process by tapping on the “Meet 45+ Singles” prompt.
Another option you can use to register is your Google account. It’s safe, and DateMyAge doesn’t mess around with your details.
Now, the second phase of the registration process kicks in. You’ll see a digital form that acts as a kind of personality test to determine how to get you a perfect match. The form contains 13 different personality questions, and the answers to them would be saved and used later on when showing you potential matches.
That part of the registration process is confidential, well away from other users. After you finish with the form, you can proceed to fill in details about your physical appearance, name, and other habits.
You can click on “Send” after you’ve filled out the fields, and a pop-up message would appear saying whether your registration is successful or not. Assuming it is successful, you can proceed to your profile. Otherwise, you can check what field you’ve left and need to go back.
On the design front, DateMyAge doesn’t have any significant faults. The website comes with functionalities that the user can interact with, which constitute a substantial part of the overall service experience.
Speaking of the features, the login/signup call to action is at the top part of the website. When you log in, you can see a collection of pictures on the homepage, along with other elements that allow the users to interact with others.
You can engage in a video chat by searching for other users that are available for a video chat as well. If you explore further, you can find “add more options” under users’ profile information.
The prominent color on the site is white, with generous use of images. It gives DateMyAge’s site more simplicity. The simplicity is a little bit too much. However, the site might look dull and flat for some users.
Overall, the site looks good and is very easy to navigate. The fact that users can use DateMyAge features and services on the site (instead of being directed to download apps like other dating platforms) makes it much better. It also helps the service, as users now have the flexibility of switching between app and web.
Once the user gets past the registration process, the profile setup stage comes next. The profile quality is commendable, especially when compared to other dating sites’ profiles.
It doesn’t cost money to create a profile on DateMyAge, and when creating it, you only need to provide profile photos, preferences, and interests.
The pictures you provide can be viewed by other users, just as you can see theirs. The interests that show up on your profile are the ones you must have provided while at the registration stage. They automatically show up, but you can add some more details.
There is also an “About Me” section on the profile, which makes provision for writing more about yourself. It is where you can comprehensively talk about your life details such as relationship history, current/past job, or even languages you can speak.
Just when you’re registering, you need to specify the kind of people you want to meet. At this stage, DateMyAge encourages you to fill out as many details as you want in another user. This will enable them to show you much more complete profiles that you would like most probably.
One peculiar thing about profiles on DateMyAge is that it doesn’t force you to specify your physical properties or very personal details. When compared to other dating sites, it is a slight lack, but the user base wouldn’t bother much over that.
As expected, all of the features of DateMyAge that are on the website carries over to the application. The app makes using the platform much more compelling.
It is available on Android and iOS. That means it can reach most, if not all, of its users. When you consider the fact that they prefer using apps over browsers and websites, it makes more sense to have an app for dating sites.
Design-wise, the app bears a resemblance to the website. The color scheme is as simple as they come. The sign-in/signup action is also similar to what it is on the web, with the added ability to log in with your Facebook account. If you choose to sign in with your Facebook or Google account, the app takes you to another page where you complete the signing-in.
Since it is an app, it is much more responsive and performs all operations marginally better than the website. It also takes advantage of additional hardware such as the GPS for a generally better experience.
The app is free, but you’ve to be a subscribed member to enjoy all the features.
Overall, the mobile app doesn’t have any issues, especially when considered with the website. DateMyAge has been able to keep the design consistent between the two mediums. Quite commendably, features are interchangeable as well. Hence, users would welcome the idea of being able to switch mediums (desktop/mobile) and still keep whatever they’re doing.
A dating site for older people needs to take data security seriously if it hopes to earn the trust of its users. While they might not want to know about it in detail, users need the assurance that whatever they’ve decided to share with the platform doesn’t get compromised.
But then, that is just one way to look at data security on dating sites. The other side of data security is user security. It is when the platform tries to protect the users themselves from other (shady) users who might be out to take advantage of and make their experience less enjoyable.
DateMyAge handles both perspectives sufficiently. One of the ways they ensure your data safety is by not asking for too much of it. As a user, you’re not remotely obliged to submit any personal information that you don’t feel comfortable sharing.
On the other hand, they actively try to make user data as safe as possible by setting up a verification process for all profiles. They make sure to confirm the details provided on a profile with the help of their staff.
Hence, it is rare to find a scam profile or any other shady type of person who is out to con other users on the platform.
While they try their best to keep login details safe, users who logged in through their Google or Facebook would have to bank on the security of those accounts.
In the end, the user is always advised to deal with discretion, and share personal data only with someone they trust to a reasonable extent.
The pricing system of DateMyAge is credit-based. The users need to buy credits and pay for the features. The members get 50 credits per month for $15.99, $149.99 for 600 credits, and the 1,500 credits for $299.99.
With a subscription, you can access the added features of DateMyAge. Email correspondence, online chat (even offline chat) is exclusive to you if you are a paid member.
Users can pay through their credit card or PayPal, which is pretty much standard across international dating sites.
The help center for DateMyAge exists on the app as well as the website. It is comparably fast, and users can get answers to their issues pretty quickly.
On the help center page, you have the option to ask a specific question immediately, or if you feel your problem might have been answered by/for a previous user, you can check the “Answers on the spot” section, which is just below the search pill.
The “Answers on the spot” sections contain FAQs on areas of the DateMyAge services such as membership, features, profile settings, and so on. There are several questions and their corresponding answers.
If that’s not enough for you, and you’ve got some other levels of questions, you can send a direct email to the administrators of the platform.
The email page is also very well-detailed. You have the option to select the category your issue falls in. You can also choose to receive the reply via SMS in addition to an email reply. Furthermore, you can upload files and attach documents as well.
Overall, this comes together to show that DateMyAge caters to its members if they have issues along the way. It is also assuring to know that the user can access the help center from the app or website.
Below are some most popular questions that users might want to know about DateMyAge.
Yes, we can safely categorize DateMyAge in the “very safe” territory. Profiles are thoroughly verified, and there is a lesser chance of coming across a phony profile. However, share your data with discretion.
Through and through. Although, the overall user experience tends to the social aspect so that it might feel more like a social network to some users.
After creating a profile, you can search for users and send them messages (or an email correspondence if you are a paid member). You can also share images and videos; video chat is on the table too!
For some parts, yes. You don’t have to spend a dime to download the app and register; however, you would need to subscribe to have access to all the features.
It does, especially, the fundamental dating platform functions. While its founders geared it towards older people, you can be sure to find users of different ages.
DateMyAge has an outstanding concept: it is a dating platform that hopes to help middle-aged people get into an online relationship.
But the execution is a bit flawed. Users within the age range of 18 and 34 constitute the majority of the user base of DateMyAge; this fundamentally defeats the purpose of the platform being a dating site for middle-aged singles.
It might not be an issue for someone who uses DateMyAge on a day-to-day basis and can be an advantage. Younger users generally bring more appeal to the platform, so older users can have fun interacting with them.
There are little pain points, like the relentless messages that pop up on your screen while you’re using the services. They are so much, and they begin to feel like they are automated. It takes a lot of time and effort to sift through these messages to find the more important ones. When you do find messages worth acting upon, it is nice to know that sending a message and starting a relationship is very easy from there.
Overall, DateMyAge is an excellent platform recommended for older users who might want to “find love again” through the use of an online medium. It is highly likely that they would find a longer-lasting kind of relationship as well.