Just because someone reaches a certain age doesn’t mean they want to stop dating or meeting new people. As we get older, our priorities change and so do our preferences and characteristics what we’re looking for in a partner or companion.
That’s why typical dating sites may no longer fit the bill. Some companies have recognized this and have created dating sites that cater to older people. There are now sites specifically geared towards people ages 50 and up. Setting this parameter from the start assures that people are meeting others in their age group who may be seeking the same things. OurTime is one of those sites geared towards people ages 50 and older.
OurTime is owned by the same company that operates the well- known dating site Match.com. It was launched in 2011 to cater specifically to those 50 and older. The owners realized there was a niche for that demographic who was looking for something different than younger users.
Through a free app or desktop access online, users can create a profile and browse different profiles to see if they find a match. You can sign up for free, but if you want to take advantage of the many features the site offers, you’ll need to become a paid member and pay a monthly fee.
In order to start, you need to create a profile. This portion and the sign up are free. The profile allows you to include where you’re from, who you’re looking for, your interests as well as a photo. You can also start browsing other profiles right away for free. If you want to be able to send and receive messages, send gifts and flirts, and see who is interested in you, then you’ll have to become a paid member.
Seniors who want to browse and see who’s out there can do that for free as long as they want. But, if you seriously want to connect and communicate with someone, then you need to get a paid subscription.
Besides giving you access to your messages, a paid subscription also gives you a list of 10 daily matches. These are handpicked messages based on your preferences and behavior on the site. The site also allows you to keep track of who you liked and of all the flirts you sent in case you want to go back and find someone again.
If you want to talk with someone, but don’t feel comfortable giving out your personal phone number, the ConnectMe feature allows you to talk and text offline while keeping your phone number private. A chat window lets you know who’s online and available to chat at all times.
There is also a Promote Me feature that allows you to put yourself at the top of search results for one hour. There is an extra cost for this which we’ll discuss further down.
OurTime has an extensive list of frequently asked questions to which it aims to address almost any concern that may come up among users to the site. If your question is not addressed in that section, there is also a customer care number that can be contacted through the week as well as an online form that can be filled out. A representative responds within 48 hours to online inquiries.
If you decide you want to take advantage of the many features the OurTime site offers, then you need to become a paid member.
Membership costs are as follows:
These memberships allow you access to your messages and account features. If you want to use advanced site features like Notify Me, you need to buy online tokens and purchase these features. You can buy these tokens in bulk for the cost of $.99/25 tokens, 110 tokens for $3.99 or 280 tokens for $9.99. You’ll need to decide how many extra features you want to take advantage of to determine how many tokens you should buy.
Those who have become members of OurTime comment about how user-friendly it is. OurTime is often referred to as dating site that has a lot of features, but not so many that it becomes overwhelming to those using it. Since there is an option to browse profiles without paying up front, you can first see if there is someone you may be interested in before committing to a paid membership. OurTime also works to keep communications private with its ConnectMe feature so users can talk to one another without giving their private phone number.