Muddling through dating websites can be daunting. There are so many to choose from these days. All total there are thousands of them out there now.
A nice comprehensive listing comparing some of the best sites is located on Wikipedia here. This lists most dating sites and gives good information on the number of members, the Alexa rating and details about what each site offers. Another listing is for Social Networking sites. This site lists everything from Academia.edu to Zooppa. There’s even a site for vampire freaks. The virtual social networks have over 100 million users to date. That’s a lot of lonely people!
Many sites prefer the user to pay a subscription to be a member, however there are plenty of free sites available. The problem with free sites is you’re going to spend a lot of your time filtering through the weirdos. Serious daters should think about paying for a subscription if they want to connect with other serious daters.
Daters only interested in making those long term commitments, that will eventually lead to marriage, will want to consider eHarmony. eHarmony only allows members that are paying a subscription and they must prove they are not married. Even if you’re separated, they won’t give you a membership. You have to be divorced.
Some sites like Zoosk and Match.com allow members to cyber flirt and wink at one another, but information on the person that you can obtain before getting together is limited, unless you pay for a subscription.
I decided on Match.com and I have a subscription.
There’s also a website that ranks dating websites called RankDates. The feedback about Match.com is varied from “Hey, I met a felon!” to “I met a lot of nice people!” so you have to use your own best judgement when reading the reviews. I laughed because many of them just sound like sour grapes. One of them wrote “All of the women on Match.com are just looking for men with lots of cash!” Really? Not me 🙂 I would like for my date to be able to afford dinner, but I’m not asking for five star dining with caviar! Though that would be nice for a change.
On Match.com you can use much of the service for free. You can create a profile and search for matches. You won’t be able to send or receive messages or use their chat feature though. They offer a free trial. I’d recommend you try that first.
Well, I’m all set up. Now, let’s start dating!
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