In a recent Pew Research study, 38 percent of singles would never date someone who is 10 years older than them and 27 percent would never date someone who is 10 years younger than them. But just because these singles don’t feel comfortable with such a large age gap doesn’t mean that they’re the final say on these things.
At AgeMatch.com, this website is dedicated to helping older women date younger men and older men date younger women. You like what you like, and this Age Match review is your opportunity to find someone in that age arena.
There are enough celebrity couples proving that age gaps don’t have to be a dealbreaker. Look no further than 52-year-old Lisa Bonet (“A Different World”) and 41-year-old Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”) are still going strong, and Momoa even wished her ex-husband a happy birthday.
These two are relationship goals, showing not only that a difference in age doesn’t have to work against you two but also that it’s possible to form a healthy, happy relationship with prior significant others. So let’s dive in to find out what this site is all about.
If you’re not sure what exactly you want to do on the site, or need inspiration for what to say, the “First Date Ideas” is an excellent way to get to know people. Users can put in their ideal first date for other users to give a thumbs-up rating on.
This also means you can find the users who have the ideal first date that you’re looking for. There are also discussion starters for other “Food and Drink” categories, “Arts and Culture,” “Out and About,” “Date Ideas by Age” and “Others.”
In addition to being able to browse by photos, this site has a searchable option to easily look people up by usernames. As a new user, this may prove to be pointless.
Why would you look for certain usernames anyway? However, for regular users who are toggling between multiple people, this search username option will make it easier to seek and speak. Browsing Reverse Matches, new members and users by location, premium membership is required.
Due to the sensitivity of the site, there’s an extra agreement that must be confirmed that all users are over the age of 18, “have the capacity to consent, and agree to be personally bound by all of the terms of [their] agreement.”
In addition to the first name, you will create a username, ZIP code, height, ethnicity, and relationship status. There are options to add up to 20 photos, a bio about yourself, and an explanation of the partner you’re looking for (with a 50-character minimum).
Where Are the Majority of Members Based?
The beauty of the Internet is it will help you get in touch with people all over the world. This website is no different. The dropdown menu queries your location from all over the country. Of course, without the three-day trial turned on (or paid premium membership), there is no option to tailor where you want to see users.
There are options to send messages and “say hello” with the three-day trial.
But in order to send messages after that, free users either have to wait until someone reaches out to them and then reply.
Or, pay for premium membership and contact away.
Pricing & Membership Options
With premium membership ($29.95 per month after a three-day free trial; $19.95 per month for three months, $15.95 per month for six months), users can initiate sending unlimited messages, get 20 times more views and messages, see who has viewed and is interested in you, control privacy options and have full access to all searches.
Users with free accounts can reply to messages, access the “Spark” feature, upload and maintain a private album, and add up to 26 public photos and 26 private photos.
One-month memberships auto-renew unless canceled, and all options can be paid via PayPal. Be prepared for the site to be rather persistent about the three-day activation code. If not done immediately (even though there is a 10-minute wait), it will continue to resend access codes.
Safety & Security
Considering the sensitivity of the reason why this site was created, age gaps are specified during the sign-up process. Minors are one of the primary warnings before members join.
According to the Service Agreement: “Under age use of our Service is prohibited. Our privacy practices are consistent with the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and we will not knowingly request or collect personal information from any child under the age of majority.
If a child under 18 submits personal information to us and we learn that such information is of a child under 18, we will make commercially reasonable efforts to delete the information as soon as possible.” To make sure the account is legitimate, there’s also a verification code sent to new users’ email addresses to verify that they are who they are, to limit spam emails.
Pros & Cons
Clearly you’ll want someone you’re interested in to be able to see photographs of you.
On this site, users can go to the user they’re interested in and click on a link marked “Share private album.” This security feature in the left-hand navigation bar can keep spam to a minimum.
Of course, users who pay premium membership may be able to contact you (and free users can only reply, which lowers the risk of spammers who never plan to pay), but that doesn’t mean they all can see the photographs that you’d rather a certain special someone see.
For this reason, make sure this perk is properly organized and your “private” photos don’t end up public without your consent. iPhone users may be pretty annoyed to find out that the app option is not currently working out for Apple store users.
However, don’t let that stop you Apple users from checking it out anyway. You can still log in to the website the same way you would log into any website on your smartphone. Or, log in on your desktop.
For users who are adamant about dating someone older or younger, this website makes it so much less awkward than trying to find people at nearby locations. You just never know how someone will react in person.
Maybe you’ll find a Cougar who is all about that Usher Raymond IV life. (The R&B singer has been pretty persistent about only dating older women with a certain maturity level.) Or, maybe you’re a woman who is looking for a George Clooney in your life.
Don’t expect your social circle to always understand why you’re choosing someone who is older or younger. As with any relationship, it’s not their job to be the gatekeeper to your relationship or to dictate the age, race and/or location of your special someone.
It is up to you two to decide whether each other meshes well. Just dating an older/younger person is not a permanent resolution to the dating game. You’ll also have to get along as people, even if your upbringing are worlds apart.
As with any other online dating option, this is one of many (for security reasons) that you should really try to see this person immediately. You want to make sure that this is someone in a specified age range (and who matches the profile) before things can get weird.
Even if your “dating” involves virtual time, make sure to have video and audio dates. Of course if you’re dating someone who is not as tech savvy as another, this is your chance to show him/her something new, too. Here’s hoping this is a digital love connection—with age being nothing but a number.