It wasn’t very long ago that looking for love online was seen as scraping the bottom of the barrel. If you couldn’t find love in “real life” then there was something wrong with you.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth today. But today, nearly half of the public knows someone who uses online dating or met their spouse online. It is no longer taboo to find the love of your life online.
But if you want to meet people online, you need to know the best places to do it. There are plenty of online forums from the most legit to the shadiest. But which one should you pick?
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We’ve put together a sweet little list of the best online dating sites out there today.
Meet People Online With Match.com
You’ve probably seen the commercials with the old white dude guaranteeing success on Match.com.
Despite the fact that the man has the voice of your most boring professor, his website, Match.com is one the biggest successes in online dating.
With over 17 million active users, you’re bound to find someone you like.
Match is free up to a point. But they have a pay wall. And if you actually want to contact your matches, you have to pay the big bucks.
We’re all quite used to free services on the internet. Free social media, free tv, etc. But when it comes to something like online dating, free doesn’t always mean the best.
Pay walls weed out the lookie-loos of the internet. This filters your choices down to people who are actually looking for love (hopefully). This helps the service gear toward more serious people who aren’t just looking to hook up, but might be looking to go on a few dates or even be life-partners at some point.
Get Some Tinder For Your Relationships
On the complete opposite side, we have Tinder.
Tinder became a social phenom a few years ago when the term “swipe right” broke out of its contextual bounds and jumped on into the mainstream.
“Swipe right” essentially denotes approval of something. And in the Tinder mobile app, to approve of someone you like, you swipe right on your screen.
When you swipe right, you add the person to your “like” list. If someone you “like” likes you, then you are able to talk to them.
This is speed dating for the tech age. It’s not full on matchmaking, and it’s usually all about appearances, which can be kind of dangerous. But isn’t that how you choose to introduce yourself to in the real world anyway?
The only real downside to using Tinder is that you have to have a Facebook profile. The site relies heavily on your Facebook information and the site won’t let you play until you log-in with your Facebook.
If you don’t mind giving over your Facebook information to Tinder, then this is a bloat-free app that will get you meeting people online with a quick swipe of your finger. So, we totally swipe right on Tinder.
Meet Up With People On Meetup
While not exactly a dating site, Meetup is still a great place to meet people online who have the same interests as you.
Meetup is essentially a forum meant to connect people with similar interests nearby and help them Meetup to do fun or interesting things in real life.
Some of the best dating relationships actually happen around things you like to do together. Look at all the movie stars who hook-up and get married on set! Well…only a few of them might actually be a wholesome example.
Meetup is free. And, despite the fact it’s not primarily a dating site, a lot of singles groups have cropped up on there.
Now you don’t have to join a church to find good looking singles groups. Just get on Meetup!
Plenty Of Fish In The Sea
When you broke up with your first love, did you mom ever tell you that there are “plenty of fish in the sea”?
Well, someone took that phrase to heart and created an easy to use dating site built around the concept.
Plenty of Fish is a comprehensive dating site with the simplicity of Tinder and the robust brains of Match.
Just like Tinder you “like” people. But the people you see will become more accurately matched to you if you put more into your profile.
You have to options for fishing. You can choose speed or accuracy. You can’t have both. What do you think this is? Elder Scrolls?
You can either used the MeetMe feature and quickly find singles in your area that match your interests. Or you can filter by interest or by people who live nearby.
If you put a lot of effort into your profile, the latter will be fairly accurate and you should find someone to date pretty quickly.
It’s all free and you can download it to your phone.
Despite the fact the title of this site gives you uncomfortable images of weird baby angels shooting you with arrows, it’s a free online dating site with an interesting twist.
You get to go through a personality test. The test allows OKCupid to match you up with people who are compatible. If you feel like you’d do well on a personality test, you might meet people online through OkCupid.
It’s a bit of work to get thoroughly tested. But once you finish, you’ll feel accomplished and hopeful.
If you’re hesitant to leave your meat locker too hastily, then OkCupid might be for you. You can use their Quickmatch to quickly rate and connect with matches. You can even get notifications on mutual interest as you go.
If you want advice on how to become an expert on OkCupid, check out the OkCupid subReddit.
Conclusion: So Many To Choose From
Our advice? Peruse our list and just pick one.
All of these sites will be instrumental in helping you meet people online. Once you meet people, you’ll find out what you like and don’t like about the services.
What are you favorite dating sites online? Let us know in the comments below. And, as always, make those profiles count!