Mature Hearts - Interview

Interview

A mature heart- a mature love

12 days ago

Online Dating (also known as Internet dating) is a way for people to find and contact each other through the Internet to arrange a date, usually with the goal of developing a personal and romantic relationship. To use online dating, a person creates a user account on an online dating site, then creates a profile with photos, descriptive information and match preferences. The online dating service uses software to provide the user with matches based on mathematical formulas which match one user with another based on their profile information, preferences, and interests.

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Cylex: What is a brief history of ‘Mature Hearts’?

Mature Hearts: Mature Hearts started in 2012 and was born out of a passion to help connect like-minded singles over the age of 40 looking for friendship and romance. Since then it’s gone from strength to strength. Online dating has itself matured over the years. It’s now very popular not only with the younger age group but also older singles too. After all, it’s just another way to meet people – and is an effective one at that. To help people get the most out of dating and the Mature Hearts platform we regularly publish dating tips, date ideas and other useful information.

We also run a special newsletter which is totally free to join. It means that over 40 singles can get access to new content before it’s published to a wider audience – as well as exclusive interviews, offers and more. This private hub helps people get the most out of online dating and to build better relationships, giving them the best possible chance of finding someone special.

Cylex: Where are the dating site members from? Are there singles from all over the country? International also?

Mature Hearts: Mature Hearts caters for singles across the UK with a wide mix of people from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. So, people are from all over the countries. That’s the nice thing about it. When you join Mature Hearts, you can search for people who are close by or further afield. It’s entirely up to you. The membership changes all the time too. For example, people find relationships so no longer need the service or they may be new to the site and joining for the first time. So, there may be more people near you at any given time. Of course, it’s possible to search further afield; you don’t need to stick to your village, town or city. That’s part of its appeal and what makes it fun. It opens up the door to meeting people from all walks of life who have varied interests and hobbies too.

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Cylex: Are there any specific requirements in order to become a member?

Mature Hearts: You need to be 40 or over to join Mature Hearts. Our members value the fact that the platform is specifically geared to them. It can be difficult for people as they get older to find others with shared interests. Lots of things take over such as work, changes in their circle of friends, maybe they have children to take care of -  time is a major factor (or lack of it). When you join Mature Hearts you know that you’re going to be tapping into a wide pool of people that are of a similar age group and are looking for friendship and romance. In general, the whole process can be a lot easier than simply going on a night out with friends and hoping to meet Mr or Mrs Right – particularly as more people in general are taking the online dating route.

Cylex: How does membership subscription work?

Mature Hearts: Firstly, you can register for free to try out many of the features on the platform before you decide on a subscription package. This is a great way to become acquainted with Mature Hearts; it allows you to see how it works, ask questions and get comfortable with what we have to offer. When you’re ready, you can sign up to a packages: one month, three months, six months or 12 month subscriptions. There’s even a 3-day taster for anyone that wants to try out the full subscription package. So, it really depends on what’s right for you; there’s plenty of choice regarding the packages you can opt for. And of course, you can cancel at any point should you wish to and move between the different subscription packages too.

Cylex: Have you had scammers who used the site? How do you guarantee the personal data of members is safe?

Mature Hearts: This is an age old problem that affects just about every business on the planet at some point, including banks and insurance as well as dating services. At Mature Hearts we do all we can to keep our platform as safe as humanly possible. We’re protected by Online Dating Protector which has 24/7 moderation and a highly trained care team. There’s also anti-scam software that looks out for particular behaviour. So behind the scenes people and technology are keeping watch. At the same time, we say to members, through our blog and other communication mechanisms, to take care when they meet and date people – just as would be expected if dating by any other means. And if a member is uncertain about any situation online, they should always report it. Never engage with anyone who is abusive or manipulative in any way. Thankfully, few people experience problems like this because the majority of people are genuine.

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Cylex: Does online dating actually work? Are there any success stories you know about?

Mature Hearts: Yes, online dating definitely does work. It’s just another way for people to meet along with bars, clubs, speed dating events or the workplace. It works for a number of other reasons too:

·         People are on the site because they’re looking for friendship and/or a romantic partner. This means you’re part of a wide range of people all looking for the same thing

·         You can find people that have similar interests as you. Simply filter by interests and hobbies on Mature Hearts to narrow down your search

·         You can take your time reviewing profiles, talking to different people – it allows you to move forward at a pace that’s right for you

·         You can catch up with your messages and search as and when you want – even if you’re stuck in a queue or waiting at the dentist!

There’s numerous occasions where members have found someone special on the platform. Without mentioning names, we’ve had people in their senior years who are now enjoying their time together. They’re making the most of every moment: ‘[we] don't know how long we have so want to spend our time together’. ‘Old age’ certainly hasn’t been a barrier to them. There’s been people in their 50s that have never used a dating site before; tentative messages ensued before gaining confidence (the odd ‘wink’ here and there – perfect for breaking the ice) before meeting up; ‘the rest as they say, is history’. Another person had been through a divorce and a ‘failed long term relationship’. Finding someone that they could really connect to was, in their words, ‘a fairy tale’. Like everything in life, it takes patience, consistency and commitment to find the right person. For some it has happened very quickly, but for others it’s taken a little time. The end result has been worth it for them.

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To find out more about Mature Hearts visit: maturehearts.co.uk or sign up to its dating newsletter and be the first to access exclusive dating tips, ideas, interviews and offers.