By Top10BestDatingSites Staff
Mature Encounters is a site that is specifically for single men and women who are aged 41+. The site specifically requires that you be over 40 to use and this is verified during the sign up process. The site is really simple to use and provides a guarantee that all other members on the site are single and actively seeking out relationships. The site has a clean layout and extremely simple to use with step-by-step instructions to help you get to grips with every aspect of the site. There is no charge to join Mature Encounters but there are paid subscription options.
Mature Encounters has kept things simple for you. There are a couple of really lovely touches that make it seem really welcoming, for example during the sign up process there is an Oscar Wilde quote (I won’t spoil the surprise by telling you which one!)
This is particularly thoughtful because new users might not have done any online dating before and Mature Encounters has really considered this when putting together their site. More encouragement can be found in the helpful explanations of the different parts of the site. There are two navigation bars – one at the bottom, which uses picture icons and the other at the top, uses the names of the site sections. There are diaries that you can read about people’s experiences and tips. You can update other members on your own dating progress by keeping a diary of your own. There are success stories that you can read and you can send and receive emails and instant messages. You can also use the Favourites section to keep track of people you like and you can see who has looked at your profile in the “Who’s viewed me” section. If you’re tech-savvy you can use the site on your smartphone or tablet as the site has been optimised for mobile use.
Signing up for Mature Encounters is one of the easiest we’ve encountered. It’s so simple and you’re guided all the way through the process. Before you can use the site you have to provide some details – your name, email address, birthday and password. These are standard for signing up to a dating site. Your date of birth is important because if you are 40 or younger you won’t be allowed on to the site. You’ll then be asked for some information about yourself and your interests. There is one question where you are asked to write freely and the others are all multiple choice, so just ticking boxes. You’ll also be asked to add a photo. These are all steps that can be skipped out and you can choose to go straight on to verifying your email address. Be sure to check your junk mail as some email filters are set to high privacy. Once you’ve completed this you can use the site and start dating!
We recommend browsing the free version of the site first, especially if you’re new to online dating. If you like how it feels then we suggest the 6-month membership package as the best value for money without spending too much in one lump sum.
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The Mature Encounters site is full of little pointers that are there to help you. The site is designed to be easy to use and the layout is simple and clean. It’s not too crowded and although there is advertising down one side, it is not intrusive. There is a pop-up that appears and offers you assistance via chat with a staff member. He or she will be trained, polite and really know the website inside out. As previously mentioned, there are two navigation bars and both are intuitively laid out and simple to follow.
The ways to search this site may be confusing at first because there are a few, but as with the other aspects of Mature Encounters, you’ll be guided through it. The basic search means you can use matches’ ages, sex and distance from you to search for them. For example, this will give you everyone who is female, within 5 miles and between the ages of 45 and 50 if those are you preferences. The advanced search allows you to choose more specific criteria pertaining to lifestyle or appearance, such as whether they have kids, how much they drink or what hair colour they have. There are also recommendations provided for you, generated by the site.
While some senior dating sites may be overly simple, Mature Encounters offers extras such as dating diaries alongside traditional dating tools such as inbox chat. This creates more of a mature singles community, making it a fun and easy way to find love and friendship online.
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