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March 21,  2017

The Pros and Cons of The Top 5 Dating Websites and Apps

By DatingJungle


In this article, we have selected 5 of the most popular online dating websites and apps and given you the main pros and cons of using them.

Match.com has about 45 million members worldwide and is one of the veterans in the online dating game. Most people on Match are looking for a serious relationship.

 
  • Relatively quick to set up a profile and get started
  • Screens members against public sex offender registries
  • Has a standard search function, and also a swipe left/right ‘Tinder’ function
  • Available in 25 countries and in 8 different languages
  • Almost balanced gender ratio (45% female and 55% male)
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  • Match is a paid-for service. However, this may be beneficial as it screens out timewasters
  • Difficult to gauge whether a user is a paid and active member or not
  • You can’t specify what type of relationship you are looking for (casual, serious, etc.)
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Eharmony has about 35 million members worldwide and is also one of the long-lasting dating websites. Eharmony is for the serious dater looking for a long-term relationship.
 
  • Matches users based on compatibility across several personality dimensions
  • Screens members against public sex offender registries
  • You get a very good understanding of your date before you meet him or her
  • Almost no scammers or fake profiles (since you cannot search for profiles)
  • Enables you to remain anonymous throughout the process
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  • Eharmony is also a paid-for service. However, these paying members are very committed
  • Time-consuming to set up a profile, and it often takes a while before you meet your date
  • Presents matches to you - you can't search for dates (for some, this is a good feature)

Tinder has about 50 million members worldwide and took online dating by storm when it was introduced in 2012. Tinder can work for serious relationships, but many use Tinder for hook-ups
 
  • Free to use
  • You can be set up in 5 minutes. Also very easy to use
  • High degree of ‘fun-factor’ – swiping left and right is like playing a game
  • Available world-wide and in several languages
  • There is no unsolicited contact. Only persons you have liked can contact you
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  • Skewed gender ratio - significantly more male (62%) than female (38%) users
  • Can turn dating into an 'easy-come-easy-go' numbers game
  • Users often move on quickly and don’t stay interested in the same person for long
 
 OKCupid has about 35 million members worldwide and is based on Q&A. You decide the questions, and you decide what answers you would like. For both serious and casual relationships

 
  • Free to use
  • Inclusive and liberal, open to people of any sexual orientation
  • You are matched from 0-100% based on how you answer and rate various questions
  • Available world-wide and in several languages
  • Offers multiple ways of finding dates (swiping, searching, Q&A, etc.)
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  • Unbalanced gender ratio - significantly more male (61%) than female (39%) users
  • To answer questions and to get a fully functional profile can take some time
  • You can't block incompatible people (e.g. outside age range) from contacting you
 
 Lovestruck has about 0.5 million members in the UK and is aimed at busy young city professionals. Its largest market by far is London. For both serious and casual relationships

 
  • For young city-dwellers and professionals who want to meet like-minded people
  • Good if you are in London (as most users are London based)
  • Easy and quick to set up and to get stated searching for dates
  • Balanced male to female ratio (48% female / 52% male)
  • You can suggest a great first date which potential dates can take you up on
  • Also a paid-for service. Annoying for some, but it weeds out timewasters
  • Limited number of users (however, good in London)
  • Difficult to gauge whether a user is a paid and active member or not