My 70th Year –

What I Did on my Snow Days

The snow days of February pushed me to another first, to check out an online site for the purpose of anonymously checking out people, choosing to speak to those I think sound congenial via the internet with the idea of eventually meeting and dating if you both consent.

After googling senior match and looking at the choices, I went for followed instructions to provide basic information about myself–first name, age, email address, online name, looking for man or woman, and height–which got me to the second step of free registration

Now came several pages of fill in the blank of everything from have children ? to annual income. There is also a place to mark what you want in the way of a relationship experience from a match. Body type, instead of asking for weight, says a few extra pounds, athletic, disabled. Agnostic, Christian, Pagan, Hindu are a few of the religions listed. You can decide on the distance radius you want your match/friend to live in. They add the notation that broader distances will help get more quality matches and responses.

A disclaimer from me: I had consumed two and a half small glasses of wine when I started this. Then I considered my track record…70 years old, divorced since 1986, one semi-serious relationship over 20 years ago, last date 5 years ago. If ever I was going to do this, now seemed the time.

So I got this far because it was free up til now. I knew that I was not going to spend money from the beginning so my observations are limited. Although you do get a good size grab bag for nothing. I receive several emails a day letting me know who has viewed me and who has flirted with me.

I like the section called, “Who Do You Like?” Two pictures are showing with the age, location, and user name. I click on one and the other one goes away, all the way down the page. Then there is the new members in my area with a picture and user name, followed by who viewed me and a request to email that person or just notification of the number of profile views.

Down the side of this page are the mini profiles with pictures and a symbol saying if a person is online right then or not. Plus a flirt button you can click on.

User names are interesting: freeasaneagle, Coolmichael,Smokieshiker, Truestoryteller, and WildPatchie. gsalooking puzzled me a little. Is that just a looking, you guess?

At least daily I get an email that says these are my matches, I have 5 available and should give them a nudge. But I can’t do that unless I pay money just as I can’t see any messages someone has sent me. I am not sure how long this goes on, the free peeks.  One of my matches was female which was a surprise as I did mark male on my profile. Other emails tell me I have 3 unread flirts; 50% off subscription now; can use tokens(?) to Promote Me. The last one because my popularity is critically low.

My observations:

  • I think it can be as good a tool as any in today’s world for people to meet each other.
  • If you are cautious in your approaches it can be done with minimal risks although SeniorMatch does not conduct background checks on its members.
  • If someone has a photograph with their profile you would think it would be a smiling, happy face photo.
  • The match services do provide helpful hints and advice to people seriously interested in finding a date, a casual relationship or a mate for life.

As for me, I’m glad I checked it out, but not interested enough to go any further. Thankfully for all involved. Can you imagine me running amuck on a mate match service?

Published by Judytwiga

I am a freelance writer and photographer who enjoys living close to the action in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the 1980s I created and published Zoo Connections, an international networking publication for non-animal zoo departments. Jobs over the years include working with the developmentally disabled, night front desk at a motel, assistant in development and membership at the NC Zoological Society, Customer Relations manager at Regal Entertainment Group, census enumerator, concessions at University of Tennessee, house cleaner, substitute teacher, sitter for children, houses, and pets. Freelance work at Knoxville News Sentinel and KnoxZine. Contributor to A Knoxville Christmas (2008,2007), and articles for the North Carolina Zoo website. Interested in anything except humorless people and politics. Enjoy reading, Scrabble, Catan, camping. I hold dear family (human and animal), friends, Kenya, Sunset Beach, NC and the Keys.

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