You’ll be able to read up on the process you can expect when you sign up, and compare some basic pros and cons associated with each platform.
As a next step, Consumer Reports recommends researching the demographics of each dating site, and “figuring out whether a large or niche site will best serve your needs.” Ok Cupid and Tinder, for instance, are more popular among millennials than members of Generation X.
The respondents who were most active on dating platforms “gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has ever seen for services rendered.” Meltzer’s explanation?
And you can also use an online dating site to find a partner — perhaps a partner with whom you’ll want to share those groceries or that vacation. Read on for some pointers about what to pay attention to, and what you can expect from the experience if you’re new to the world of online dating.
So unless you have a specific reason to narrow down the pool of potential partners, it makes sense to go with the platforms that have the most users, and therefore the most prospective matches.
Consumer Reports recommends starting with the most popular dating sites, “unless you have a particular guiding factor, such as religion, race, or politics.” In that case, you can check out niche sites, like JDate, a site made specifically for those looking to meet Jewish singles.
Interestingly enough, the same Consumer Reports survey found that free dating sites score slightly higher in user satisfaction.
Many experts have weighed in on the question of whether the adage “you get what you pay for” applies to online dating sites.