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Our Time has emerged on the dating scene with a website and app geared for those who are 50 and over. The premise, according to Our Time, is that ‘over age 50’ relationships can be some of the happiest, as users know exactly what they’re looking for and tend to be more satisfied with their lives. Indeed, polling shows that daters age 65+ are happier than daters in their 20’s http://match.mediaroom.com/2013-05-29-OurTime-com-the-Nations-Largest-50-Dating-Site-Reveals-that-Dating-Never-Gets-Old! Dating when you’re over 50 may be different than dating at 20, 30, or 40, but ultimately one wants to connect with local singles for fun, dating, companionship, and/or love.
This can present a unique challenge with apps and websites generally geared to attract younger audiences. For example, Tinder’s max search age is listed only as “55+” and does not have a specific age search other than that general fifty-five plus category. This can deter daters in their 60’s and 70’s from looking for compatible matches closer to their own age. Because of this, a mature adult dating site is important and Our Time fits the bill.
History of Our Time
Based in West Hollywood, California, Our Time has had over 2 million users to date. This makes Our Time the biggest online ‘over 50’ dating site. Owned by People Media, via the parent company of IAC (or Match Group), Our Time is in good form as IAC also owns Match, Tinder, Plenty of Fish, and many more. In January 2017, IAC released survey results from its poll of age 50+ daters and the results were unexpected to some – finding that older daters were friskier than expected. The results showed that adults age 50+ have high interest in sex, some aren’t opposed to sexting, and that many (45%) were even open to ‘friends with benefits’ type situations.
40% are interested in getting married again, while 72% are interested in finding love. This means that dating on Our Time is not only for people looking to get married but also those interested in both casual and serious love affairs. You can read the full results here: http://iac.com/media-room/press-releases/ourtime-releases-dating-after-50-survey
*Special offers on the site expire within a few days of sign up, according to alerts given from Our Time.
6 Month Best Value Plan- Full Mobile Access, Message Read Notification, Profile Highlight, Message Highlight. (This option may not appear on the app).
Billed in one payment of $107.76 (which equals $4.49 per week or $17.96 per month).
Standard 6 months- Full Mobile Access (On the app this option will list as $69.99).
Billed in one payment of $90.00 (which equals $3.75 per week or $15.00 per month).
Full Price 1 month- Full Mobile Access. (On the app this option will show as $29.99.)
Billed in one payment of $29.96 (which equals $7.49 per week).
The fine print for all 3 plans reads the following:
The best option is to sign up for a month and if you like the site, consider longer membership options. If money is no object, the Best Value plan is only a little more than the other 6 month option and worth it).
Tokens gives you perks on Our Time, including Promote Me (which puts your profile at top of search results to attract more attention) , Virtual Gifts (which send digital gifts so another user feels special), Match Me (places your profile in someone’s daily matches to see if they like you back before messaging), and Notify Me (if a user logs into the website, you’ll be alerted per every 3 hours).
Though tokens seem an easy one time alternative or addition to membership, it is important to note the fine print … just as with membership options, tokens have a renew policy, as follows:
If your token balance reaches 20 or below, your purchase will automatically renew for the same price ($9.99) and same number until you cancel via your Token settings page. By purchasing, you authorize us to charge your card now and upon each renewal.
While “Events” are optional, they do generally have a cost associated with them. On Our Time, events are online Webinars ranging from $5-$10+, with titles such as “Navigating – Sex and Dating for Women” and “Master the Basics of Online Dating”. If you’re new to dating again and want confidence or want a boost to your dating experience, this can be positive time spent.
As detailed in the ‘Pros’ and ‘Cons’ section, the app is easier to use than the website, but the website is adaptable once you get used to the options and sign up for membership (to prevent you being locked out from select features).
With phone support being on the way out for most trendy dating sites, its refreshing to see that Our Time takes a more traditional path and offers Customer Care via phone support. Users can call 1-866-727-8920, from 8 am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, central time. Customer Support on Our Time recognizes that 50+ users want classic interactive support and not merely an impersonal email address to write to.
To find help on Our Time, scroll down to the bottom of the page where you find the fine print and select “Contact” or click this link, for Help: https://www.ourtime.com/v3/help
Not only will the Customer Service phone number be listed, you can also view information on how to change your user name, cancel auto renewal, block members, update billing, and more.
Decide if you want to sign up on the website or app. Both will ask the same questions, overall, so choose the format that is best for you.
STEP 1: ENTER INFORMATION
Go to www.ourtime.com or download the app from the app store. You will then enter your zip code and be asked if you are a man or woman and whether you’re looking for a man or woman. You’ll enter your email address and birthdate. You will fill an ‘about you’ section which will be added to your profile, then view membership options and upload a photo (if you don’t want to upload 30 – the max allowed – at least enter a main profile pic).
STEP 2: SWIPING ON APP
App sign up differs from the website, as you will select whether you want the app to send you notifications- including alerts, sounds, and icon badges (configured in your device’s ‘Settings’ section). Then, if you’re using the app, matches in your geographic search area will immediately appear and you’ll be able to swipe yay or nay.
STEP 3: EDIT PROFILE
Dating sites and apps are aware that users now want speedy signups. Since sign up happens quickly, once you’re on the website, select the “Settings” icon from the upper left toolbar. After you’re taken to your profile page, you’ll be shown the percentage of your profile you have completed. Look for red alerts in sections you haven’t entered information.
People really do read profiles on Our Time and you will attract the people you want, the more specific you are. If you want to edit your profile in the app, select the three horizontal lines in the upper left of the app. You will then see these options: Home, Inbox, Search, I’m Interested, My Profile, Upload Photo, Connect, and Today’s Matches. Select “My Profile” and fill in both the ‘details’ and the ‘about’ sections.
If you don’t properly fill out your profile and criteria or add photos, each time you log back in, you will be presented with more information to complete. You can select ‘skip this step’ or reload www.ourtime.com into your browser, though filling out your profile and adding photos is high encouraged anyway.
STEP 5: The Our Time Lingo
Learning how to use each section can take time, here is our Quick Guide.
Online reviews vary, with most rating the site a meager 1-2 stars. Comparatively, more popular dating sites receive several more stars, leaving Our Time’s rating worse than similar sites or apps. Users complain that they don’t hear from the people they message on the site, which might mean that Our Time’s users are less active than under 50 apps.
Other users suggest that fake accounts make up a high percentage of users, perhaps indicating that catfish and scammers are looking for financially established older adults to trick and manipulate for gifts or cash. If you do use Our Time, be especially careful if anyone requests personal information. Another common complaint is about the recurring billing or not getting a refund upon cancel. The site receives compliments for its desktop interface and the ease of its app.
If you haven’t enjoyed 18 and up dating sites or found matches in your age range were limited or not whom you’d hoped to meet, try Our Time. Sure, you will have to invest in membership (try a month on the site if you’re unsure, though it is cheaper per week the longer you’re signed up), but you’ll meet matches your age. Be sure to use special caution to avoid Catfish or financial scams, as some scammers prey on older adults.
Also, don’t share too many personal details online. Even though people are 50+ don’t assume they are okay to meet privately or without practicing safe sex. Since you can view profiles and photos before signing up, you will have a chance to search and see if the site/ app has enough of a selection for your search area. Make sure to add as many details as you can to your profile, as this increases your likelihood of receiving messages.