If you find yourself seeking a life partner again, you will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of mature fish in the sea at the online dating site, PlentyOfFish. With 3 million active daily users from the more than 88 million people who have chosen POF, you have a real chance of finding the right person for you. Members use POF’s matchmaking service that connects people with compatible personality traits or opt for the manual search based on an array of personal preferences, from body type to education to ethnicity, among many others.
Mature daters will be pleased to discover the tool that distinguishes POF from other sites that cater to seniors, such as the popular Zoosk: the site’s Chemistry Predictor, that uses members’ responses to calculate measures of self-control, easygoingness, social dependency, openness, how much one wants a family and self-confidence. Designed by a team of researchers with impressive academic credentials, the tool matches members by compatibility according to these character traits. Seniors who prefer to evaluate members on their own however, are welcome to use the many capabilities of POF’s Search feature to seek out members with the traits that they find most important. Another tool of the site is MeetMe, a feature that allows members to narrow the pool of potential matches to those who are geographically desirable. Both those who rely on the Chemistry Predictor and those who reject its results are able to use MeetMe.
As you should expect, PlentyOfFish is committed to protecting your identity and all personal details. The site uses encryption technology to keep your information private and guarantees secure financial transactions for those members who upgrade.
Members are advised to use common sense and caution when meeting new people however. As much as POF would like to guarantee ethical, reputable users – which most members are – the site does not conduct background checks of its members. Any time you meet someone online, take care to confirm that they are who they claim to be.
The most challenging aspect to PlentyOfFish signup is finding a username that is not already in use! With so many users, you have the opportunity to get creative. Choose a name that is easy to remember and somehow represents you.
Registering is a straightforward endeavor.
Go to pof.com. The home page should provide the opportunity to register as a new member, but if not, click Register.
Fill in the fields as shown in the screenshot below, being careful to enter your own information. The details you need to provide are: username, email address, password, sex, age, country, and ethnicity.
Note that the security check is not the usual captcha. You need to type only those letters that have circles above them (and not triangles).
After the initial registration screen, you will see a Welcome page that brings you into the POF site as a member.
Once you have registered, you are ready to begin your search.
A basic membership at PlentyOfFish is 100% free. This level of membership allows for searching member profiles and reviewing them, as well as basic communication. Upgrading one’s membership grants members access to an extended profile with more personal details. Paid members may also present their profiles with themes that help them capture the attention of other members.
$19.35/month – 2-month membership
$12.75/month – 4-month membership
$10.18/month – 8-month membership
Many members find that the basic membership is sufficient, but consider upgrading to wow the right person with a first impression that stands out.
Whether you are a computer pro or a novice online, you will find PlentyOfFish easy to navigate. POF’s tabs are clearly marked with each of the site’s features (Inbox, Search, Chemistry Predictor, MeetMe, etc.). Write and receive messages quickly, and get to know the new love of your life from the comfort of your own home before you take the relationship to the next level and meet in person.
POF offers you several different ways to search for your new partner, including a feature called MeetMe which narrows your potential dating pool by selecting only those members who are local to you. The more advanced Search feature is also readily accessible, with drop-down boxes to help narrow your search based on age, personality traits, physical characteristics, lifestyle, education, religion, and more. Finally, the search that results from the information collected by the Chemistry Predictor offers you potential matches based on the more subtle nuances of personality.
Though PlentyOfFish reviews suggest that not every member in the 45+ age bracket thinks of himself or herself as “senior," the fact that members are looking for mature, lasting relationships means that the site knows its customers well. The very nature of the Chemistry Predictor – one of the site’s greatest selling points – depends on people having had sufficient life experience to be able to represent themselves well in the tool. But where some sites are restricted to a mature membership, POF does not limit its membership to 18+). Every member can be comfortable that he or she is not being pigeonholed into a particular age bracket – and at the same time find an extensive pool of potential matches that are indeed appropriately mature.
PlentyOfFish provides an excellent pool of potential matches, together with the tools to help mature daters find each other, for serious, lasting relationships.
Read our main POF Review.