Can’t decide on which site to use? You aren’t alone. This is a question that crosses everyone’s mind when they first decide to embark on the journey that is online dating. Although there are a few sites that I generally recommend to most, the answer to this is also dependent on multiple factors.
Three factors to determine which online dating site to use:
1. What You’re Looking For
If you are looking for something very specific, there is most likely a site that will help you get there! There are very specific dating sites out there that cater to very specific sexual/romantic desires.
For example, if it’s important for you to meet someone who is also a Christian, you may want to head over to Christian Mingle. If you are over 65, give OurTime a try. Is it important that you find a farmer? There is even a page that’s for Farmers Only! There are also some other extremely popular niche sites that I’m not so much in agreement with. If you just do a simple search, you will most likely find what you are looking for!
However, if you are in a situation in which you would like to casually or seriously date in the traditional sense, regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, you should probably stick to one of the more mainstream platforms. this means OkCupid, Tinder, Bumble, or Match.com.
2. Your Age and Location
If you are in your forties/fifties and just jumping back into the online dating world, chances are high that you would see much more success when using a dating site with a fuller experience, such as OkCupid. Tinder could also be a fun experience, and is becoming more and more popular with older generations. However, if you choose to limit yourself to only a dating app, you could be seriously putting a cap on your options.
Your location is also an important factor when it comes to choosing your website of choice. For example, if you live in Australia, it may not be most beneficial to use those mainstream sites listed above. Instead, you should check out this ranking of top sites in Australia. Or if you are in Germany, Parship might be a good option.
3. Your Marital Status
This one is a bit tricky and totally depends on your preferences. If you are divorced and hoping to not walk around with a ‘divorced’ label on your forehead, then you may want to stay away from using Match.com. On that particular platform, you have to state your marital status at the top of the page. If you go with OkCupid or Plenty of Fish, you can leave this information private. In many cases it’s best to wait and share this information with someone you really like.
The Big Four:
So which online dating site is right for you? Other than these three determining factors, your path will almost always lead you to the big four: OkCupid, Tinder, Bumble or Match. These four sites are dominating the online dating world as far as number of users go.
I’ve linked this here for you as I agree wholeheartedly with these findings. Whenever asked by a client, I will recommend OkCupid and/or Tinder to them most of the time. They both remain an extremely solid choice, especially for first time online daters. The user base is enormous, the sites are easy to use, FREE, and the profile quality is generally much higher.
So, hopefully this has made the decision making process just a bit easier for you, so that you can stop thinking about getting started and start having fun with some online dating! But if you need of a personalized recommendation based on your age and location, feel free to send me a message!
And what about you? What sites have you found the most success with? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
Until next time,