Around three in 10 Americans have used dating sites in the past. For younger generations, this figure is closer to half.
There is still a stigma and hesitancy around using an online dating site to find a significant other, but they work. Many people have found love on these apps, they increase your dating options, and they allow you to only date people with compatible traits.
But there are hundreds of online dating platforms these days. How do you know which is the one that will help you find love?
Don’t worry, this complete online dating guide will help pick the best platform that will help you find “the one.”
What Are Your Dating Site Choices?
To choose the best dating app or site for you, you should know what your choices are first.
These are the most popular dating apps so they will have the most members:
Most of the original online dating sites that started in the 1990s (like match.com) are now available as apps. OkCupid and eHarmony also started as sites but they are on app stores, too. Older generations (40+ years old) are more likely to be on these sites than younger generations.
If you’d prefer a niche online dating site, there are plenty of those too. This is a list of some of the top ones:
- Grindr – Queer people
- Her – Queer women and non-binary people
- Christian Mingle – Christian people
- JSwipe – Jewish people
- Dating4Disabled – People with disabilities
There are Armenian dating sites, sites for people ages 65+, and many more. Though there are fewer people on niche apps, if you are willing to travel you might find more compatible dates.
What Are You Looking For?
Are you looking for something casual, for a serious relationship, or are you not quite sure? Because some apps cater better to different desires.
Tinder is a popular all-rounder app with plenty of people looking for both casual and serious relationships. Bumble asks for more profile details (icebreaker questions, for example), so this is an app for people who want something serious. Grindr is a notorious casual dating app and few people find serious relationships through it.
What Are You Willing to Commit?
You already know that you don’t have the energy or time to create a profile on every single dating app. But some apps ask you for more than your time, and this might not be something you are aware of when you sign up.
Most of these apps have free versions but to gain access to the top features you need to pay a monthly subscription. And some apps like Bumble ask for the women (in a heterosexual match) to message first then you must reply within 24 hours. So, before you choose an app, research its specific requirements first.
Now You Know Which Online Dating Site Is for You
Joining an online dating site can be daunting and make you feel a bit vulnerable. But remember that finding love through an app is very common now and it offers so many benefits. And now you know which dating apps are best for you, you will have an even greater chance of success.
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