Which Online Dating Site is Best for Me?

Stacy KarynGeneral Dating Advice6 Comments

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,

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6 Comments on “Which Online Dating Site is Best for Me?”

  1. I commend anyone who uses online dating sites because I do not have the guts!! It’s probably because I live on a very small island as well so there’s really no need but if I had to move, it would definitely take me a while to consider that as an option, I’m just a bit fearful of who I may meet.

    1. I can totally understand that online dating can be a bit weird on a tiny island. But hey, you can always give it a try! Who knows what doors it might open. 😉

  2. Haha, so glad my days of dating are over – happily married 🙂 That said, I feel this advice is spot on!. If I had had the opportunity to see this back in my dating days, I probably would have saved myself a lot of heartaches. Lovely post x

  3. Seriously glad I don’t have to date anymore. Online or in real life. But if I did, I would probably join the masses and use a dating app!

  4. Thank you for the wealth of information on this post and the one about Elite Singles. I’m 50 years old and finding the on-line scene absolutely daunting! Ghosts, scammers, criminals, cheaters, and liars are in abundance. I realize one sometimes has to battle the thorns to get to the rose, but who has time for that? All I can say is that my decade of being in the single scene (a couple of great long -term relationships happened) has netted a wealth of material for an almost complete book, possible manuscript. It’s truly been a living sitcom. I was about to try Elite, but the few weeks of non-pay has allowed me to gauge the traffic and it’s been extremely sparse. The reviews left on your site made the decision to move along, a lot easier!

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