Want to try Stitch and have the freedom to choose a genuine person for either companionship or intimacy? Here are some advantages and disadvantages to the service.
Choose what kind of relationship you want — When you sign up for Stitch, you get to choose what you're looking for in a match: a partner for romance and intimacy, or just a friend to share some quality time with. You can change your choice later if you want to. You can even look for both at the same time, if you're not sure!
Beauty is more than skin-deep — Appearance is almost never a factor on Stitch. Matching with a potential companion is all about who you are and what you like to do as a person.
What happens on Stitch, stays on Stitch — Stitch is designed for privacy. It will never put your personal information up on any other social networks, and it won't allow anyone to find your profile on Stitch by using a search engine (like Google Search).
Troublemakers get screened out — Stitch only allows you to input your personal information (including your profile photo) or privately communicate with your matches through the website itself. It also requires people to sign up with certain personally-verifiable pieces of information before they can see your full profile. Steps like this ensure that almost everyone on Stitch is committed to honesty and safety, and not someone trying to scam you out of personal details or money.
Flexible payment plans — Stitch's subscription fees are charged on a monthly basis. You don't have to pay for them all at once, and you can cancel or change your subscription at any time without having to pay for the subscription for the rest of the year.
Free doesn't go too far — Many of Stitch's features are limited or blocked unless you have a paid subscription. For example, a "free" subscription only allows you to look at 3 new profiles every day, and doesn't give you access to customer support or secure private phone communication with other users.
Why do you need to know that? — Some people may think that Stitch asking for information about things like a passport, social insurance number, or government-issued photo ID intrudes into their privacy too much. However, this information is only used to verify a member’s identity; it is only asked for one time, is only shared with the ID-verification services that Stitch uses (for the purpose of seeing if everything checks out), and is never kept on file by Stitch.
Small scale… for now — Currently, Stitch is only available in English, and only provides searching for local matches in and around certain major American cities (such as San Francisco, New York City, and Los Angeles). However, you can still search for matches within specified distances.
The Bottom Line: 9/10
What really makes Stitch stand out is that it's driven by a method and a goal that are both based on in-depth research and feedback from its target audience. First of all, Stitch understands that dating for older adults is almost never about looks; it's about who you are as a person and what you like to do. While some other dating websites (like eHarmony) recognize and base their services on this, Stitch also works on another principle that almost all of its competitors miss.
For a lot of older adults, "dating" isn't always about intimacy or marriage. Sometimes, it's just about having quality social connections that keep you from feeling isolated and lonely. So, if you want to look for that "special someone" on Stitch, that's fine. But if you're just looking for a new best friend or clique to share fun times with, you can totally do that with Stitch, too! Stitch only shows you people who are looking for the same type of relationship as you, so you're in control of the type of companion(s) that you want.
The other great thing about Stitch is that it takes your privacy and security very seriously. Stitch isn't one of those dating websites where the goal is to put yourself out there and get as much attention as possible in the hopes of finding at least a few interesting people. There's much greater emphasis on establishing honesty and trust right from the get-go, so you'll know if you really click with someone a lot faster. Plus, there is almost zero chance that you will be taken advantage of by a scam artist or someone who is not who they say they are.
Stitch's main downsides stem from the fact that it's a relatively new service. It doesn't have too many established local user bases yet, so it can be a little tricky to find a match close to you. It's also a little short on features for those who don't have a paid subscription (though the pricing plans are rather fair and flexible when compared to those on alternative sites). As Stitch grows, though, it's bound to improve in these areas.
In the meantime, Stitch offers a unique matchmaking service tailored to older adults based on their needs surrounding social engagement and personal security. If you feel that traditional dating websites are too full of phonies or unwillingly force you to go all-in on the romance front, definitely see if Stitch can give you what these other services can't.