But if that's your cup of tea, great, and I'd certainly recommend it for its in-depth filtering system, a series of questionaires that narrow down your search in a realistic and practical way.(okcupid.com) Match This is where people go to get married, if you believe the ads, and you have to be pretty serious if you're going to stump up the £30 monthly fee (cheaper if you commit to three or six months).I didn't get married after my experiences with Match, but I did learn an important lesson: an awful lot of people are deceptively attractive from a distance.
I heard wedding bells after the first few dates, until he started acting like we had already been married for 17 years and gave up on any pretence of romance.
He berated me for the state of my fridge (“Kit Kat Chunkys and beer, what sort of woman are you? Match claims its site has “led to more dates, marriages and relationships than any other.” Which might well be true, but perhaps that's because so many of its members are willing to compromise, having given up on ever finding someone they actually have a spark with as they navigate SO MANY profiles that ALL SOUND THE SAME.
”), then he started leaving toothpaste spit in the basin, which was one of the more repeatable bathroom crimes he committed. (match.com) Uniform Dating We've all seen the naff ads on telly; Uniform Dating is the Aldi of the online partner-shopping scene.
But with so many sites catering to very different tastes, which is the right one for you?
Naturally, I should be steering you towards Telegraph Dating, which I'm contractually obliged to tell you is BRILLIANT.
e Harmony e Harmony claims to be "responsible for nearly 4% of new U. marriages" and scores well in surveys of online dating sites, if you're the sort of person who believes surveys.
This is a serious site for serious (I didn't say desperate) singles - and you'd better be serious to fork out £45 for a month's membership (although reviewing your matches is free).
e Harmony takes a quantitive approach to matching based on “key dimensions of compatibility proven to be the foundation for a long-term relationship, like character, intellect and values”.
For those looking for a long-term emotional investment the site is very good at separating the wheat from the chaff and finding the sort of people you say you like, but it means that you may miss out on the spark of someone surprising and exciting enough to tempt you away from your usual "type".
(uk) Ok Cupid Ok Cupid describes itself as "the fastest-growing online dating site", thanks to its "math-based matching system" - dating's answer to Google's algorithm. More important than what's going on under the bonnet, the standard of hotties on the site is relatively good, with plenty of hip, urban types on its database.
(see below) it aint - in my experience many people here only want a FWB arrangement, so don't sign up looking for a life partner.