(uk) Ok Cupid Ok Cupid describes itself as "the fastest-growing online dating site", thanks to its "math-based matching system" - dating's answer to Google's algorithm. More important than what's going on under the bonnet, the standard of hotties on the site is relatively good, with plenty of hip, urban types on its database.
(see below) it aint - in my experience many people here only want a FWB arrangement, so don't sign up looking for a life partner.
e Harmony e Harmony claims to be "responsible for nearly 4% of new U. marriages" and scores well in surveys of online dating sites, if you're the sort of person who believes surveys.
They explained that they want to meet someone who "gets" their weird, knackering shift patterns, but not someone with whom they have to talk shop all the time.(Though for some users that's probably part of the site's initial appeal.) Standard membership is free, but if you want to contact another member you'll have to upgrade to FULL membership, for £30 a month. During registration, UD asked if I was part of a uniformed industry and provided a drop-down list which included such options as "model" and even "journalist" (well, I suppose chardonnay-smattered chinos and a pyjama top are a sort-of uniform).I heard wedding bells after the first few dates, until he started acting like we had already been married for 17 years and gave up on any pretence of romance.He berated me for the state of my fridge (“Kit Kat Chunkys and beer, what sort of woman are you? Match claims its site has “led to more dates, marriages and relationships than any other.” Which might well be true, but perhaps that's because so many of its members are willing to compromise, having given up on ever finding someone they actually have a spark with as they navigate SO MANY profiles that ALL SOUND THE SAME.However, she is unthreatening and middle class, much like the well-meaning pals who provide the profile information on the site, on the basis that if you want to know what some is really like, ask their mates, who are likely to be slightly more honest than people who write their own online profiles.
The company one keeps says a lot about a person, and the benefit of this site is that you can be pretty sure your potential match has a friend or two, and so is not some psychotic loner.
e Harmony takes a quantitive approach to matching based on “key dimensions of compatibility proven to be the foundation for a long-term relationship, like character, intellect and values”.
For those looking for a long-term emotional investment the site is very good at separating the wheat from the chaff and finding the sort of people you say you like, but it means that you may miss out on the spark of someone surprising and exciting enough to tempt you away from your usual "type".
But if that's your cup of tea, great, and I'd certainly recommend it for its in-depth filtering system, a series of questionaires that narrow down your search in a realistic and practical way.
(okcupid.com) Match This is where people go to get married, if you believe the ads, and you have to be pretty serious if you're going to stump up the £30 monthly fee (cheaper if you commit to three or six months).
(uniformdating.com) Plenty of Fish I took an interest in Po F because a friend of mine was dating a guy she had met on there, and you don't have to register to "window-shop", as it were.