According to the 2016 Consumer Reports Online Dating Survey, more than 9,600 people had used an online dating service in the last two years, with 48% listing the subscription-based as their site of choice.
Marisa Meltzer reports for Consumer Reports that “to pay or not to pay” is a major question among users when choosing an online dating site.
“Both kinds are popular, so you can’t go just by that,” she writes.
A lot of people — maybe even you — want there to be one dating site that’s by far and away the best option.
But the reality is that there isn’t a single “best” dating site.
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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.
Sure, the idea is for you to meet someone you’ll ultimately hit it off with, eventually taking your conversation offline.