More than 48% of people over 50 turn to online dating for a serious relationship, 26% for friendship, and 14% for casual dating.

That’s a lot of seniors looking to online dating for help, and since dating in your 50s is totally different than in your 20s, the dating sites they use should reflect that, which is where this list comes in handy. You can also check out our in-depth expert reviews of the top 4 sites here.

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With Watson and Stelle’s study in mind, we’ve tested several popular dating sites, looking also for easy online experiences, and come up with five – both free and fee-based, senior-specific and all-ages – that we deem senior-friendly. Click here to visit OKCupid Note Be aware when signing up for auto-payment on any online dating site: Complaints have been filed that certain sites continue to charge monthly fees after a member cancels. See our updated Best Senior Dating Sites (2014) Thinking of trying online dating?

Check out more Senior Planet articles: How to set up your online dating profile in 4 easy steps 11 ways to quit lurking and write your online dating profile Do you have a favorite dating site?

On Diamonds, you can pay, if you want, to receive less messages. Ok Cupid is the best dating site on Earth, with apps for i OS and Android. It’s extremely accurate, as long as (a) you’re honest, and (b) you know what you want.

Most other matching sites are just glorified personals services.

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Finding a date with Mingle2 has never been simpler. They're one of the biggest dating sites on earth, and it's all totally free. They strictly monitor who uses the site, and you can easily block people who you don't want to talk to. Most people that use this site find a match within minutes. Diamonds is a “freemium” dating site you can use either with or without paying.

There is massive singles community, and you're only a couple of clicks away from finding a date. Send messages, see the profiles and the photos for free. Their actual and upcoming premium features are unique. You may use Diamonds as long as you want without paying.

Connecting Singles has everything you need to connect with new friends, people to talk to, things to do, and maybe... Invite your friends to go out, then swipe and match with other groups who want to meet up.