Providing you join for at least 6 months or more, then costs less than a good night on the town.
If your goal is to get a date—or find a mate—are you better off with one type over the other?Both kinds are popular, so you can’t go just by that.On a site like Ok Cupid anyone can send you a message, whereas on the free app Bumble or on Tinder or e Harmony, only people you are matched with can get in touch.Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.But the millions of real members are really what makes it stand out, and the amount of effort that Match puts in to ensuring the site is free from fakes and scammers.
The fact that Match is also a paid dating site also helps to attract singles who are more serious about meeting a partner rather than just having a quick fling.
“I’ve always assumed that putting anything behind a pay wall makes it more attractive and weeds out the casual users and trolls,” agrees Joseph Lynn, a Chicago man who used e Harmony and Match as well as a few free sites.
“The fact that e Harmony matched me with several women with whom I shared common interests led me to believe that I was seeing more quality matches.” At the same time, you shouldn’t write off a site just because it’s free.
So are you sure that you are ready to put your singleton days behind you and start sharing your bed with someone other than the car, dog or teddy bear?
For every dating site or app that charges close to per month, such as Match, e Harmony, or JDate, there are plenty of other popular ones like Ok Cupid or Tinder that are free.
But in terms of overall satisfaction, our survey found that free dating sites actually score a touch better than paid ones, probably because they're a better value.