Dating has gone digital in case you haven’t heard! Why go to the local bar and hope to meet one or two single people that you connect with when you can dial up hundreds or even thousands of single people who share your goals, values, interests and location from a website full of other singles? Here’s a list of five of the most outstanding dating websites on the Internet. We compiled this list by trying to be diverse in choosing five dating sites based on quality of service, different niches, different service structures (paid and free), and that appeal to different age ranges.
Founded by Dr. Neil Clark Warren, formerly of Focus on the Family, Eharmony.com has made its presence known by countless TV and radio commercials. One of the services that set it apart is that it matches people based on tests that members take. If your results match someone else’s in the eyes of Eharmony’s software, you have yourself a match. To be a member of Eharmony costs a bit more than most other dating sites that charge for services, but they’d be quick to remind you that if you meet someone who is matched to you based on the complexity of their matching system, it’d be worth it. It’s free to review your matches once you’ve taken the test, but in order to contact them you must be a paying member ($59.95 per month or $20.95 per month if you pay for an entire year up front to the tune of $251.40).
A Canadian named Marcus Frind founded Plenty of Fish around 2001 but the site didn’t really take off until around 2004. The site was best known for its bland look but free service that provided as much as the paid sites. The site is still mostly free but does have an option for members to purchase “credits.” When you purchase a credit your profile will “show up prominently in search results.” You can also use purchased credits to buy gifts for another POF member. The cost of 100 credits is $10.45, $19.90 for 215 credits or $39.85 for 500 credits. The site includes member search based on your criteria, message forums, private messaging and you can block others from viewing your profile who don’t meet your requirements.
Founded in 2004, Real Christian Singles has always been a free service. They’re serious about using the registration process to filter out people who aren’t serious about their faith and finding a relationship so be prepared to take 8-10 minutes to register and then you’ll wait to be approved up to 72 hours. You’ll appreciate that once you’re on the inside and don’t have to worry as much as with some other websites. Profile items include some fields of particular interest to Christians: favorite Bible verse, frequency of church attendance, church affiliation and others. One of the most useful and attractive features on this site is the message forum which is pretty active. The site also includes member search, live chat, articles, video games, a bookstore and Bible study tools. Maybe best of all, it’s currently free to use all services provided on the site.
Joe Shapira and Alon Carmel co-founded Jdates all the way back in 1997 and offers to tiers of service: free and paid. With the free service visitors may create a profile, search for members and reply to instant messages if a paying member sends the message first. If you become a paying member you can use private messaging, instant messaging, and other messaging options including web cam chat. Profile items include some fields of particular interest to practicing Jews: adherence to dietary laws, frequency of attendance at synagogue, and the form of Judaism practiced (if any). If a registrant is not Jewish, they are asked if they would consider conversion.
This dating site is for singles over the age of 55. Like many other dating sites, it’s free to browse, but if you want to contact members you’ll need to pay for it. The site was founded in 1996 by People Media and provides a large quantity of articles directed toward a senior singles demographic. Registration is fast and registrants are allowed to register as long as they are above the age of 18 and have never married or are divorced. The service provides personality tests, video & audio chatting, private messaging, instant messaging, and a member search feature.
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