The cost: Zoosk is an extremely affordable option, which is just another reason why it's ideal for those who aren't keen on committing to a long, vigorous process. A one-month subscription is $29.95, three months costs $19.98/month, and six months is just $12.49/month — which are impressively low prices compared to others we've seen. Like the competitors, Zoosk Seniors has a free option, but it only lets you view other profiles, not contact them.

The cost: Zoosk is an extremely affordable option, which is just another reason why it's ideal for those who aren't keen on committing to a long, vigorous process. A one-month subscription is $29.95, three months costs $19.98/month, and six months is just $12.49/month — which are impressively low prices compared to others we've seen. Like the competitors, Zoosk Seniors has a free option, but it only lets you view other profiles, not contact them.
The gist: If you've been down on your luck recently or are feeling extra lonely, OurTime wants to show you that life can truly start at 50. It's another site dedicated to singles over 50, but is unique in that it helps users outside the realm of romance. Find pen pals, travel buddies, and other types of casual companionships to help make the most of the golden years. But just because the non-romantic option exists doesn't mean a serious relationship or marriage isn't possible here — just check out these adorable success stories.

Online dating reminds me of window shopping—you only stop and take notice when the shoe looks like it would be a perfect fit. Your username paired with your photo is the best way to go from the “online racks” (only looking) to the “online cash register” (definitely clicking). Because you only have a nanosecond for those viewing you to stay or leave, creating an intriguing, unique, fun username is essential.
I’ve worked at the online dating site and app Zoosk for over five years now and during that time I’ve seen a lot of profiles and learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work. To help you take your dating profile to the next level and to make sure you start chatting with and meeting more people, there are a few simple things you can do right away that can have a big impact.
Why it works: Unlike eharmony, which chooses your matches for you based on questionnaire results, Match has you create a profile that will pop up in other users' feeds. While Match does suggest five daily matches for you, you're also free to browse the entire pool of profiles by age range, location, or online status, which makes Match a significantly more social option than eharmony and slightly better for those looking for something casual. This freedom is great for the picky people out there whose idea of hell is a blind date. Match also has a cool feature called "Missed Opportunity" that uses your location to help you find matches that you've crossed paths with in real life. We'd also like to point out that Match sees a 42% spike in registrations between the December 26 and February 14, which makes sense — those cold months leading up to Valentine's Day can be torturously lonely. But if you were wondering when the best time to sign up is, it's right now.
The gist: The mother of all dating sites (it debuted in 1995, five years before eharmony), Match is a tried and true option with over 20 years of perfecting the matchmaking process. They're actually so confident in their skills that they have an "I Met Someone" guarantee, offering six months of use for free if they don't make love happen for you within your first six months. And it must work to some extent, as they've gained the trust of upwards of 35 million unique monthly visitors, which is the highest of all current dating sites. That's a lot of fish in the sea. If you're feeling down, remember that your person is out there — you just might need help sorting through millions of people.
Why it works: Similar to the way Facebook shows you posts it thinks you will enjoy based on posts you've liked or interacted with in the past, Zoosk uses its behavioral SmartPick algorithm to fill your pool with users it thinks you'll like based on profiles you've clicked on in the past. (No, the questionnaire you filled out wasn't pointless — Zoosk uses your answers to find users with similar answers to give compatible options in the first place.) Zoosk will then ask how you felt about the profiles they recommended: If you liked who they suggested, select yes, and if you're looking for something different, select no. Zoosk will automatically adapt and use this information the next time it suggests a profile for you to speed up the process and give better recommendations in the future. This is the perfect way to find out if you have a "type." Zoosk boasts a seriously low-pressure environment, with clear-cut sections rather than having too many features to count. You'll only see one profile in front of you at all times, so your eyes (and mind) can chill rather than darting all over the place. Note: Zoosk Senior's only customer service lies in an FAQ, so there is no contact with human help. If you're not super tech-savvy, this is something to keep in mind. They do, however, have an advice blog with 20+ pages of online and offline dating advice.

Online dating gives you endless opportunities to meet potential dates, because the pool of people is always being replenished. You can search for someone who shares your passion for the arts, or someone who sees marriage and a family in their future, or someone who wants to dabble in dating after losing a spouse. To help you attract the type of person you’re interested in, I want you to maximize your chances of getting noticed, and that means making an amazing dating profile. 
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