When the internet was just entering popular consciousness, there was a stigma against meeting people you met in chatrooms. There was a stigma against general online dating. That stigma has not fully gone away yet, but as the internet has become more prevalent as a form of communication, it has certainly faded. That said, if there is one group in particular that still feels that stigma, it's the baby boomer and older population.
SeniorPeopleMeet.com is a niche dating site that, unsurprisingly, aims to attract older users who don't feel that stigma. While SeniorPeopleMeet.com is an average site at best, with effort, you can certainly find someone willing to go against that stigma with you.
SeniorPeopleMeet.com is a dating site operated by People Media, and uses their standard signup process. You will be asked a series of multiple-choice questions about your physical characteristics followed by questions concerning basic biographic data (occupation, education, whether or not you smoke). After uploading a photo, you will have to write in responses to the statements, "A little bit about me...", "About the one I'm looking for...", and "I'd just like to add...." Depending on how long and how detailed you'd like to get, signup will probably take between 10 minutes and an hour. You also have the option of adding information about hobbies you enjoy, and answering additional questions about your general likes and dislikes. All of this will become your profile.
People Media also runs OurTime.com, another dating site specifically aimed at people above the age of 50. In a heartwarming move, SeniorPeopleMeet.com will allow you to use your account at OurTime.com, if you have one. Your username and password from OurTime.com will enable you to create a new account at SeniorPeopleMeet.com with all your old information.
People Media's dating sites, including SeniorPeopleMeet.com, lack thorough search tools. You can search a few basic items, including age and distance from you, but it's difficult to filter by personality type. This means it all comes down to how well they responded to the three prompts from the signup. Since there are plenty of users on the site with well-written profiles, you can decide for yourself if you think he or she would make a good match. Of course, you'll find profiles with only a few boring, clichéd sentences, but that's no different than real-life singles events.
There is nothing that's terribly wrong with SeniorPeopleMeet.com, but it doesn't have many unique features. You might be better off trying the structurally very similar OurTime.com.
The Signup Process: 10 minutes to create a basic profile, plus however long it will take you to write thoughtful answers to the three fill-in questions.
Match Quality: This site offers three new matches daily, however these matches are no better or worse than anyone you might find in the general search.
Quality of People: Generally good, although many of them haven't filled out their profile with enough detail to make a determination possible.
Cost: $23.99 per month, or $11.99 per month if you sign up for 6 months.
Legitimacy: As a People Media site, associated with their general network of dating sites, and the popular OurTime.com in particular, this site seems to be the real deal.
Overall Rating: 9.5 out of 10