Dating is all about finding someone who shares similar interests and connecting with him or her. It’s about getting to know one another and building a real bond, one that only comes through regular interaction and a willingness to make yourself vulnerable. With social media taking over as the predominate form of communication, it makes sense that online dating would take over as the predominate method of dating.

Match.com_logo.svg is the first on this list because it is the only one that you have to pay for. This need to subscribe means one important thing: people on here are serious. If you are looking for a serious relationship, one where the person is actually willing to spend money to meet people online, then this is the place to look.

Sure, you might have to sift through some guys who still live with their mom and used her credit card to pay. Also, you might stumble across some women who are divorced after a ten year marriage and yet are still “30.” If you want to really find someone though, this commitment level can be an important part of your search.


OKCupid is perhaps the most eclectic of online dating sites. It is free to join and use, but it also offers some premium features in the form of its “A-list,” which allows you to see more information, eliminate advertisements, and invisibly browse profiles. So, A-list basically means “stalker.”

As far as what you’ll find, the system allows you to select if you are looking for any type of relationship from four different relationships: casual sex, new friend, short-term dating, and long-term dating. Overall, you can expect to find more short-term dating than anything else.

If you are looking for hipsters, this was the place to be before it was cool.

Perhaps the most fascinating of all dating “sites,” Tinder often serves as more of a game than an actual way to date. If you are a male, you might get Tinder just for the off chance that you’ll find someone to have sex with. Don’t get too excited though; that girl who just sent her phone number is probably a web cam model.

For females, you probably just got it to find people you know and laugh at them. At least that’s what so many of them claim.

It’s All about Preference

Ultimately, like just about any other choice you make in life, the dating site you choose to use is all about preference. Of course, if you really want to have the best chance, why not try them all?

Bonus! E-Harmony


If you are old enough that you remember when computers were too big to fit in the house, you probably want to check out E-Harmony.



So, which is your preferred dating platform? Do you have stories to tell or disagree? Tell us in the comments below!




Robert Witham
Robert Witham
A freelance writer and journalist, I am also a wandering minimalist. I never sit still for too long in one place. When I am not writing I can be found reading, enjoying a good cup of coffee, hiking, fishing, installing a new OS on my laptop, or building a website.