Popular Dating Sites: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
We’re constantly giving our readers a helping hand with tips and advice on how to find a perfect match through online dating sites, so we thought we’d share a little of our website insight and shed some light on which websites are worth a look, which are worth your money, and which aren’t even worth your time. Based on user success, registration, and individual activity, we’ve given the 10 biggest online dating sites a rating from 1-10, and the results may not be what you’d expect.
Chance of success: 9
When you use PassionSearch, you can actually tell that they’re a site dedicated to finding you a suitable match, not on making commercials. Most of their users are found from word-of-mouth through past clients, and thanks to their high success rate, that word is more often than not quite a good one. Their site is split up by what gender you’re looking for, what kind of dating you’re looking for, and what your end goal is. That way if you’re looking for a serious relationship, you’re not finding people who are only interested in hooking up—you’re actually finding users who want a serious relationship as well.
Chance of success: 6
Lavalife, the dating site that started as a telephone dating service, is well known thanks to their ongoing mass-advertising campaign. They’ve attracted many users from their commercials and print ads, and because of their high registration count, you have a good chance of meeting someone. The downside? There are so many profiles to look through, people often feel overwhelmed and concentrate more on looking for anyone instead of the one. Not to mention that a lot of users get frustrated that they don’t get instant success and abandon their profiles, which can lead to you sending messages to people who will never respond.
Chance of success: 7
Match.com is almost identical to Lavalife in that they’re more famous for their advertisements than they are for the dating site itself. The big difference is that Match actually follows up with their users. If an account is inactive for an extended period of time, they delete the account so you don’t waste your time sending e-mails that will never be read. Even still, the site is more commercial than it is practical, and you’re bombarded with more paid advertisements in your inbox than you are messages from people who are interested in you.
Chance of success: 4
OKCupid is the new PlentyOfFish, and if you’re familiar to the online dating scene, you know that’s not a good thing. Most people use OKCupid because they’ve heard the name tossed around by friends, and most of the time the people signing up are doing it out of sheer interest, not out of a genuine desire to meet someone. We’ve heard more than a fair share of complaints from people who have had conversations with people carry out for weeks, only to have the person reveal that they’re not in a position to be in a relationship. If you’re looking for anything other than casual sex, OKCupid should be checked as a ‘no’ on your pond to fish from.
Chance of success: 1
PlentyOfFish is a flavor of the week site that’s gone sour. It used to be a good place to go because it was a name that almost everyone knew, but now if you log onto the once-popular site, you’ll find an unkempt layout with users who you can clearly tell consist of users who are clearly spammers there to get you to buy things. If you’re finding people on PlentyOfFishy, then you’re among the only few who are anymore. We highly advise you pass on this website and try your hand at a more successful one!
Chance of success: 6
Although E-Harmony does have a decent track record of users hooking up offline, it’s a long, tedious, and often frustrating process to get there. After a lengthy registration where you have to give every personal detail you have, they require you fill out surveys so they can ‘mathematically’ find your perfect match. Instead of pairing you with someone who your personality and lifestyle fit with, they try and pair you with someone who a computer thinks you wouldn’t hate. The surveys take a long time to fill out and when you’re done them, they often deny people from the site altogether, saying they’re not ‘fit’ to use E-Harmony. All that work for a potential turn down? No thank-you! If you do pass their prestigious test, you do have a chance at finding someone worth your time, but it’s a process that is easily skipped by using other sites.
Chance of success: 5
With the only religious based site on our list, we have JDate. It’s a Jewish online dating site made for a very select audience. The problem with any religious dating site is that the results are always a little too narrow. By saying, “This site is for Jewish people only,” JDate is cutting out people who may be Jewish, but are wiling to date outside their religion. You have a better chance at finding someone with your same religious values on a specified website, but it’ll take you longer to do so because of the small search field.
Chance of success: 9
In another specialty field we have ManPlay- But unlike the religious site, going to a gay-specific dating site is actually going to help you find a match. This site is tailored to the needs of men interested in men, and it acts as a magnet for gay online daters. With more daily registrations than any other dating site, they attract a clientele that is not only active in the usage of the site, but who are actually looking for love, not looking to spam your inbox. If you’re looking for a same-sex relationship, ManPlay is among your best bets.
Chance of success: 2
In order for an online dating site to be successful, it needs to attract a variety of users, otherwise the people who sign up are going to have no one to connect with. That’s MeetMyMatch’s biggest problem. There aren’t enough people using the site, which leads to the people who are using it to have no one to talk with. It’s a second rate site, at best, and both or time and money will be wasted if you choose to sign up.
Chance of success: 3
Much like MeetMyMatch, FlirtBox has a very low registration rate. With a limited selection of users to message and a low desire from the staff to promote success within the users, you’re going to have a hard time not only finding a user that’s actively looking for a relationship, but finding a user who is still using their account at all! If you’re going to be putting your time into a dating site, and especially if you’re going to put your money into one, you’re going to want to stray away from FlirtBox.