Founded in 2000, eharmony is another trooper that has proven the test of time. Though the user base has not grown as fast as some of the newcomers out there (enter Tinder) the company seems to be in the age of a revamp and is hopeful as Gen Swipe matures and begins seeking out long-term relationships. Seemingly similar to Match, eharmony matches people of all races, genders, sexualities, and religions based on humor, beliefs, and other qualities that are important for day to day function. Unlike Match, eharmony does place a heavy emphasis on finding long-term relationships, so do not plan on signing up if you’re just looking to casually date or hook-up. Sign up for eharmony.
I think it’s safe to say Match is one of the oldest dating websites out there. Started in 1995, Match now services 25 countries which encompass eight different languages. Claiming to be “#1 for dates, relationships, and marriages”, Match’s reputation is overall positive. What’s interesting about Match, is that you can look for whatever type of relationship you want; a marriage or a hookup. However, there is a monthly fee, but they do offer a free trial. Sign up for Match.
Let’s face it “getting out there” can be difficult for everyone, especially those who have already spent their life doing it. Enter OurTime. This site is dedicated to connecting individuals of 50 years old and over. The site is known to be relatively easy to navigate and participants can include as much or as little information about themselves as they see fit. This allows the site to, in a way, tailor the matches for long term love or for a shorter-term meet-up. Though this site also has a monthly fee, it may be worth it to those who are interested in connecting with members of their same generation. Sign up for OurTime.
Like OurTime, Senior People Meet is dedicated to connecting folks of an older era. However, SPM is supposedly much easier to navigate than OurTime, thus resulting in the largest older online dating community. SPM also sets the age limit at 55+ years and is free to join and browse. For the full-works, a paid membership is slightly cheaper than OurTime, potentially making it an overall better option for seniors. Sign up for Senior People Meet.
Released only five years ago, Tinder is responsible for introducing many of us to “swiping”, a well-known verb to many millennials that describes the action of moving your finger right or left across your phone screen in order to accept or reject a potential connection. Thanks to the success of Tinder, the Generation Swipe dating apps were born. Though Tinder was initially well-known for being a hook-up app, many people have found lasting relationships using the service. With Tinder, sign up is fast and easy (just like the connection process). Full functionality is available for free, but swipes are limited per 12 hours of time. Upgrade options are available for an additional monthly fee. Sign up Tinder.
So, let’s be honest, we all know that one friend of a friend with the horrible dating story. However, under the umbrella of the The Match Group (the same company that owns Match and Tinder), POF is becoming one of the premier dating services out there. Users are walked through a pretty lengthy sign-up process and seem to be screened as to what exactly their intentions are in using the dating service which can help with the selection process. POF has free options, but for all features there is a price. Sign up for Plenty of Fish.
Started by the same four guys that brought us SparkNotes, OkCupid has a pretty positive reputation among the online dating community. The site is easy to navigate, and the free version allows users to browse others in order to find the match they are looking for. Though not as large as other sites, OkCupid seems to be a good middle of the road option or intro to online dating. Sign up for OkCupid.
The largest dating site for single black African-Americans, black people meet was found in 2002 and builds its foundation off of the slogan “Creating Relationships. Connecting Lives”. Under the People Media umbrella, BPM seemingly draws a more serious relationship seeking crowd. Though the site is geared towards connecting single black Americans, the site does not prevent people of other orientations utilizing the service. The site can be used for free, but for serious members, it may be worth paying the subscription fee, which is less than your typical site. Sign up for Black People Meet.
Part of the Gen Swipe family and also famous for being the first (and only?) site where the female must initiate conversation, Bumble made its name semi-recently at the end of 2014. Bumble requires the woman to make the first move within 24 hours of “liking” someone. The man (or respondent) has only 24 hours to respond, and people seeking same-sex relationships can both initiate conversation. If considering using Bumble, keep in mind the time limit and whether or not you are willing to reverse “classic” gender roles. Sign up for Bumble.
As the name suggests, ChristianMingle focuses on bringing people together over the Christian faith. It was initially launched in 2001 by Spark Networks, a dating company that encompasses a slew of religion-centered niche dating websites. CM is the largest dating website for Christian singles. Of note, the site began catering to same-sex couples in 2016. Sign up for Christian Mingle.
Founded in 2007, Zoosk has been around for quite some time now. If you’re new to online dating, it may be a good place to start. The more you use the app, the more questions it will ask which will help out your online dating experience if this is new for you. For Gen Swipers that are perhaps considering something a little more serious, there is a swiping feature which may be a good transition into more sophisticated dating apps. Sign up for Zoosk.
Founded prior to ChristianMingle in 1997, JDate, also owned by Spark Networks, focuses their energy on connecting people of the Jewish culture/religion. Though members do not need to be Jewish in order to join, the site encourages transparency by having options such as “Willing to Convert” and “Not Willing to Convert”. Signing up is free, but members can only view with this free subscription. Sign up for JDate.
Dating can be a nightmare. No matter where you live or what kind of relationship you’re looking for, finding that one perfect person to co-exist with can seem…impossible. Cue the era of social media. While online dating used to trigger an eyebrow raise, it has well become the norm. As a result, app developers have designed a number of different dating apps that each cater to a myriad of criteria you may find most important in a partner. These criteria include everything from religion, ethnicity, and age, to social style and even favorite dessert. Finding the right dating site for you is the first step in finding that perfect partner. Some websites are free while others charge a fee. While this fee may be an indication of how serious you and others are in finding a real partner, we all have those lucky friends who met on their partners on their fifth tinder swipe, so keep in mind, nothing’s impossible.
There are a lot of options when deciding to take the plunge into online dating. Each service is unique and geared towards gathering together like-minded people that will theoretically be looking for the same thing in life. So, when thinking about dating and what site is best for you, consider what values or traits are most important to you. Some services seem to incorporate them all, but if there is one criteria that’s a make-or- break for you, specific niche services may be the way to go.