Finding the right person for oneself is normally a difficult task. Now coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the world right now, it even gets more difficult. However, while Covid-19 came to mess with our traditional ways of dating such as taking a stroll, seeing movies, going out for meals, and so on, dating sites have become a permanent fix.
And lucky you, there are loads of dating sites out there to choose from, whether you seek to meet and make new friends, trigger casual dates or hookups, start serious relationships, or get married.
But, the list below gives you the top 10 (ten) online dating platforms to pick from when you decide to give online dating a try. These recommendations are based on expert opinions from various online dating experts, users’ experiences and based on my own experience on these platforms.
Bumble is a free dating app that was built for women to have control over conversations. It requires women to message first in heterosexual relationships, but for same-sex either of them can message first. When the female initiates a match by starting a conversation, the recipient usually the male has a 24 hours window to respond or lose that match and potential dates.
Tinder is usually the starting point for newbies on online dating. It cuts across individuals interested in friendships, casual hookups or serious relationships. It is a fun and simple-to-operate online dating site.
For the most part, it just requires you to swipe either left or right to choose from suggested matches from your locality.
OkCupid is an online dating site that serves as a middle-ground for Millennials especially looking for a platform for casual hookups and long-lasting relationships. It requests you to answer a more detailed series of questions. In the end, these answers help them recommend a match/enemy percentage ratio on a profile to assist you in gauging compatibility by interests.
Hinge is an online dating app for those looking for a serious long-lasting relationship. It loves to be referred to as a “relationship app” with its focus on long-term relationships and “designed to be deleted.” The latter hangs on the idea that you meet a person you like, there won’t be any need for the app. The platform focuses on mutual friendship and connections you share with a potential partner. It is designed to make users’ profiles more engaging and filled with relevant detail.
Match is a free dating site although some special services may require you to subscribe to a plan. Literally, more compatible pairings come with a price. So the paid subscription spikes your chances.
This may feel too much considering the vast number of free dating platforms at your disposal. And also judging from the fact that this seems to be a major feature on the platform.
But in the end, it is worth the hustle, according to experts.
eHarmony is another platform for individuals in search of true love, commitment, and marriage. eHarmony is the first algorithm-based dating site that helps you choose a match based on your choices and response from a questionnaire. The questionnaire basically covers almost every aspect of who you are and what you love.
However, not everyone who fills out the questionnaire is accepted. Only the unmarried, above the age of 21 years, and those who provided a consistent response on the questionnaire.
Starting out, eHarmony is free, but meaningful and serious communications attract a fee.
Just like eHarmony, EliteSingles is another dating site that uses a personality test algorithm to match users. The platform does not send more than 3 to 7 manually verified matches daily. It is also free but requires a paid subscription, to start messaging your match and enjoying other features.
Furthermore, a considerable percentage of its over 13 million users worldwide, is reportedly interested in an intellectual long-term relationship. This is largely tied to the fact that 85% of these users are degree holders between the ages of 30 and 55 years.
Silver Singles is a dating site designed for singles that are over their 50s looking for love. This is very popular in the United States. As a result of the platform’s desire to match you to the most compatible person, you will have to fill out a comprehensive personality test. This test will usually take between 15 to 30 minutes.
Lumen is another online dating platform designed for singles over the 50s. However, they will have to be adventurous and want to meet like-minded singles like themselves. To spark meaningful and interesting conversations, each profile on the platform must contain a detailed bio and at least 3 pictures of that person.
Mingle2 is one of the few online dating sites that are truly free. It allows you to make a match of your choice with their detailed search feature that has a variety of ways to search for people instead of shoving their picks to your throat. The platform overall isn’t fancy but does its primary job of connecting singles free of charge efficiently.
Conclusively, we would love to hear from you. Have you used any of the dating sites/services listed above? Is there any online dating service you’d recommend? Share with us your experiences in the comments section below.
Dating Sites FAQs
What is the 10 date rule?
According to the 10th Date Rule, men do not consider women they are dating as potential girlfriends or brides until they have spent meaningful time with them 10 times. So wait till the 10th date to “catch feelings.”
Where do most couples meet 2022?
The next most prevalent gathering places are school and work (15-20 percent ). Parties and bars are beneficial to short-term (less than one month) sexual relationships (17-25%) and marriages (8-10 percent ). Churches are good for meeting marriage partners (11%) but bad for meeting short-term sex partners (1 percent ).
What is the 3 date rule?
The 3-date rule is a dating rule that requires both parties to refrain from having sex until at least the third date, after which they can have sex without fear of being dumped or being deemed too “loose” to be a good relationship.
What age do you meet your spouse?
The typical woman discovers her life partner at the age of 25, while males are more likely to find their soulmate at the age of 28, with half of the people finding ‘the one’ in their twenties, according to the study.