20 seriously good social networking sites for over 50s

Posted in: Wellbeing Last updated: 10 Sep 2014

Joining new clubs and societies is a great way to get out there and meet new people, but if you live in a rural area with limited social opportunities or just find it hard to step out of your comfort zone, this can be rather tricky.

Getting to grips with some of the online social sites can help you to connect with people who have similar interests or friends that you may have lost touch with. We’ve found a whole bunch of social networking sites to help you get started.

  1. Silversurfers – connect with people from similar walks of life
  2. Yahoo Groups – join groups for pretty much every interest/hobby going
  3. Meetup – Meetup helps you to connect with people in your community to try something new
  4. seniorchatters – a place to chat, create personal blogs and join group forums
  5. Buzz50 – a dating site for over 50s
  6. 50connect – living life to the full, health, entertainment, food & drink, finance and more!
  7. Dogster – a site dedicated to dog lovers
  8. Catster – a site dedicated to cat lovers
  9. Hell’s Geriatrics – invites you to grow old disgracefully
  10. The Oldie – an online newspaper for over 50s
  11. Modern & Mature – a site aimed to help you make the most of your golden years
  12. olderiswiser – branded as the ‘social networking site for grown-ups’
  13. Never Mind The Bus Pass – a site aimed at those of us who don’t feel our age
  14. Gransnet – a website specifically aimed at grandparents
  15. Over50sForum – a place to chat, share and make friends
  16. Forces Reunited – a place for ex-servicemen to find old friends
  17. Friends Reunited.co.uk – the place to find old friends and new
  18. OverFiftiesFriends - a social networking and dating site for over 50s
  19. funatfifty – an online dating site for over 50s
  20. fiftyplusforum – a forum to discuss interests and chat to others

So if you’re stuck in a rut or just fancy reaching out to like-minded people, try any of the above sites. If you’d like more tips on technology and how to stay in touch with others, read our stay-in-touch technology tips.

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