Online Dating

I tried 5 online dating sites in 2018, here’s what I found...

Allison Dienstman

Online Dating Editor

Putting hearts on the line meeting complete strangers can take a lot of time and energy. Things can get pretty awkward, but it’s all worth it to find a meaningful connection or simply have a good time.

I dreaded the idea of getting back into the dating pool, but months after a rough breakup went by, I decided to get my toes wet and try online dating.

After receiving a plethora of recommendations from friends and hearing their success stories, I decided to seek out the best online dating site for myself. Lots of questionnaires and dozens of dates after, here is what I found...

Zoosk has a fantastic reputation online, boasting one of the largest online dating networks worldwide. So naturally, I was excited to give this one a try, and the site did not disappoint.

I managed to sign up and complete my profile in a few minutes (which works out well for my short attention span). Zoosk doesn’t require any time-consuming questionnaires to get started. Plus, users can browse other profiles for free.

I found the paid membership well-worth the price. Features like chatting come with the paid membership only. After filling in my profile, Zoosk put their algorithms to work, connecting me with other like-minded singles looking for love.

In conclusion: I scored a few dates that for the most part, went really well. Today, I’m still dating one of the matches from Zoosk. Their sophisticated matching features made it easier to meet compatible singles, and I would definitely recommend this site.

Many of my friends and I have complained about online dating sites with way too many irrelevant profiles, making it difficult to find quality matches. Elite Singles, however, is specifically catered to college-educated singles many of whom have professional careers. While this may not suit everyone, this simplifies the dating process for singles looking for love with someone on their level.

Signing up does require a bit of time, and new members need to fill in close to 300 questions before opening a profile.

In conclusion: For me, taking the time to answer the questionnaire did pay off and led to one pretty awesome date. The detailed profile allows Elite Singles to successfully match singles looking for a meaningful connection.

Overall, I had a good experience with Match, mixed in with some pretty awkward dates. It costs a bit more than some of the other online dating sites, but their paid membership comes with many useful features to ease the online dating process.

In particular, I loved the feature that allows members to upload dozens of photos, which gave me a better impression of the matches before meeting them in person.

Before signing up, you can view singles nearby and get an idea of the dating options. Registration doesn’t take too long and consists of about 20 basic questions to get started.

In conclusion: Initially, I felt a bit bombarded with the number of matches and messages because Match.com has millions of members. Weeding them out took some time, and some of the dates didn’t go too swimmingly. That being said, I made a few nice friends and had some good conversations over coffee with potential matches.

With over 3 million singles logging in each day, the name of this dating site doesn’t lie. But who has time to weed out so many people? At least Plenty of Fish has a rather well-designed matching system that greatly increases the chances of meeting a good match.

With Plenty of Fish, I could try out different enhanced features that made it a bit easier to connect with other members.

In conclusion: Using the personality tests, I matched with a nice, single guy nearby. The tests helped break the ice, and while we didn’t get past a few dates, I still had a good time.

5. Tinder

Anyone who has used Tinder can attest that this online dating site has its pros and cons. Users don’t need to fill out much information at all, making sign up really quick and easy.

However, this can also limit the amount of information available when screening potential matches. While I was swiping left and right, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of profiles and lack of quality singles. ,

In conclusion: Tinder has earned a reputation as a casual dating site, which may work for some, but not for me. That being said, I’ve met a few nice guys through the site, and Tinder does make online dating much more straightforward. It really depends what you’re looking for.

Summary

After taking the time to try out some of the top dating sites, and going through some less than comfortable first dates, I would definitely say that Zoosk and Elite Singles came out on top, especially for those looking for love and a serious connection.


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