Consumer Affairs publishes guide for online daters.
When it comes to meeting that special someone, many of us still cling to the romantic notion of grazing your future partner’s hand reaching for the last copy of your favorite book on the library shelf or locking eyes with an alluring stranger across a crowded bar. Online dating was long considered the desperate domain of the loneliest among us.
But, thanks to people waiting longer than ever to get married and our busier-than-ever schedules, the fantasy of that chance encounter is giving way to ones and zeros. With more than 1,500 websites ranging from mainstream services like Match.com or OkCupid to extremely specific niche dating sites like Purrsonals.com, the social network/dating site for cat lovers only, online dating is a $2.1 billion industry.
Twenty percent of couples in a recent survey were in a committed relationship that started online, and according to the Pew Research Center, 59% of Americans now consider online dating a good way to meet people.
But which of these sites is the right fit for you? Unless you have very specific taste (we’re looking at you, singleswithfoodallergies.com) it can be hard to pick the dating site or app that fits best with your lifestyle.
ConsumerAffairs, a consumer news and advocacy website, put together a free, expert guide featuring thousands of verified consumer reviews to help you pick the best site or app to find your perfect match.
Things to consider:
- How much does it cost
- What is the matching process?
- Is it a niche site that matches your personal taste?
- What are the privacy safeguards?
- What main features does the app or site offer?
You can check out the full guide at ConsumerAffairs.com.
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