Pros and Cons of Online Dating Sites

| October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

business woman holding a heartMany millennials are too busy to meet someone IRL (in real life), so they turn to online dating sites such as Match.com, OkCupid, and eHarmony.  Some sites are tailored for specific audiences, and some will match you up based on a personality test.  Below is a list of the 5 most famous dating sites, and their pros and cons.

Match.com

Match.com is one of the oldest and best-known dating sites, so there are many people to choose from.  It was founded in 1993 as a proof-of-concept for Electric Classifieds, a company that provided online classifieds for newspapers, and was launched in 1995.  In lieu of a survey, you fill out a 200-word about-me section that allows other users to search for you based on keywords from your essay.

Pros:

Match.com allows you to test out the site before paying for the service, also, if you don’t find someone in six months after paying for the service, you get six months free.  It also screens new members to ensure that they are not sex offenders.

Cons:

Although they offer a free membership, you cannot do much until you pay.  There is no fancy algorithm that matches you to other users, rather you have to search for matches yourself based on keywords from the about-me section.

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Tinder

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Tinder is a free dating app released in 2012.  Users swipe right or left on their phones to either “like” or “dislike” other users respectively.  In March of 2015, Tinder released Tinder Plus offering unlimited likes for users if they paid, and limiting the number of likes a free user could swipe in a day.

Pros:

Tinder is relatively easy to use, and is an on-the-go version of other dating sites.  You can swipe virtually anywhere, at the airport, at the grocery store, or in a taxi. The app uses your location to find users in your area.  You can immediately decide if you would like to go on a date with a person before you even start a conversation with them.

Cons:

For anyone looking for a lasting relationship, Tinder may not be for you.  Many users get on for a temporary hook-up.  There is also no way to tell a person’s personality as the swiping is based almost entirely on a user’s main profile picture. There is also no “undo” button unless you pay.

eHarmony

eHarmony was launched in 2000 by Dr. Neil Clark Warren, and is ranked 9th in the Online Dating Review.  438 people get married every day from eHarmony’s dating, based on a 2012 survey.

Pros:

eHarmony has a very intense algorithm that matches people based on a 258-question survey.  Because it is more expensive, there are more people committed to finding love and fewer fake or spam accounts.  If you are shy, eHarmony will offer guided correspondence to help you interact with your matches.

Cons:

eHarmony is one of the most expensive dates sites, at $60/month for a one month membership or $23.95/month for a 12 month membership, and does not offer any refunds after three days.  The 258-question survey is quite time consuming, and if you rush through it, you affect your matches. While eHarmony offers quality of matches, it doesn’t offer quantity, eHarmony will only offer you 9 matches at any given point in time.

OKCupid

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OkCupid “[uses] math to find you dates.”  After taking a series of tests, OkCupid finds you matches based on an algorithm.  It was launched in 2004.

Pros:

You can filter matches based on preferences such as age, relationship expectations, etc.  The personality tests also allow you to choose what answers you would accept from a potential partner, not just the answers you give, as well as how important that question is to you.  OkCupid is also free to use.

Cons:

There is no “assisted communication” between you and your match to help those who are shy.  Because there is no cost to sign up, there are many scam artists that use OkCupid.  The dating site is also infamous for the low-quality of potential male suitors.

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Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison is a dating website geared towards people looking for extramarital affairs.

Pros:

Ashley Madison is for a unique audience, and it offers those seeking extramarital affairs an avenue to pursue their interests.  There is an “affair guarantee” package that will guarantee an affair within 3 months, or your money back.  There is a private photo portion of the website that you can invite select individuals to view.

Cons:

There are a lot of fake female accounts to encourage users to continue to use the site.  It is also very expensive, users have to pay credits in order to email or instant message other users.  There is no monthly fee.  A lot of people disagree with the values behind Ashley Madison and a group of hackers recently released a lot of private information about users (Did you hear about the Ashley Madison hack?  If not, check out this blog to learn all you need to know.)

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