In this day and age, it's become increasingly popular to use online dating sites to find and meet potential mates. New dating sites seem to pop up all over the place, slowly expanding into all of the niche markets. But how does one go about choosing which dating site to use - especially if they cost money?
Here is what you need to know about popular online dating sites.
Match.com is one of the oldest online dating sites -- having been in business for more than 15 years -- and boasts that celebrities like Ricki Lake and Jenny McCarthy have used it. However, it's got more than 20 million users, and is often known as "hookup.com" although their new dating guarantee ("find someone special in 6 months or get 6 months free") is trying to revamp that image. The site is not free, and for an extra fee, you can pay for the Dr. Phil package, which offers dating dips and video modules.
eHarmony is one of the main competitors of Match.com, and boasts that 2 percent of marriages in the United States today were a result of using its dating site. Unlike Match.com, who expects you to wade through 20 million profiles, eHarmony selects possible mates for you based upon your answers to questions. These questions are designed to stop you from choosing the same type of mate over and over again, which, if you're using the site, hasn't worked in the past. It may be one of the better sites available if you're looking for a real relationship.
OK Cupid is a free online dating site that uses a numbers-based system to match potential mates. Singles can also be narrowed down by location and age. This math-based system uses a formula based upon your answers to questions, how important the question is to you, personally, and how you'd like a potential mate to answer.
Chemistry.Com uses a doctor-designed personality test to match up potential mates. It claims that the personality test will help get to know the person behind the profile, thus ending bad dates.
Plenty of Fish is a free site and has more than 37 million active users. The site claims that over a million people sign up for their dating site every month. One of the ways the site weeds through all those users to find a proper date for you is by taking its Chemistry Test, which matches compatible personalities.
JDate is an online dating site targeted toward Jewish singles. If you're Jewish, this site is special because it not only hooks you up with various mates, it teaches you how to date. The site membership comes with professional, expert dating advice, along with information about how to choose a perfect mate, how to respond to potential mates, as well as some rules for online dating.
ChristianMingle is a Christian singles community designed to match those of similar Christian faith. ChristianMingle hopes to create meaningful connections and marriages between those within the Christian faith. The site offers prayer requests, bible studies, and testimonials to members. It does not, however, have any space for those looking for same-sex relationships.
Which dating sites have you used in the past?
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I create a special savings account
I put a little away at a time
I cut corners until I can afford it
Save? Who has money to save?
I plan to put it on my credit card and love the benefits of the reward program