No longer embarassing or, God forbid, cringe, half of all single people now use online dating sites to find love (or at least an easy hook-up… There are literally hundreds of dating sites out there.So, to make it a little less overwhelming, we’ve trawled the Internet for you and sought the advice of online dating expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams. The experts say: This is a great site for those who are looking for personality matching.With no further ado, here are our 12 of the best online dating sites 1. If you are serious about looking for that special thing called love, then this is the site for you. They’ve even patented The e Harmony Compatibility Matching System. They’ve taken 35 years of research to come up with a Relationship Questionnaire and pride themselves on matching users with people who are actually compatible with them. e Harmony takes the hard work out of trolling through 100s of photos and delivers compatible dates directly to your inbox. match is the most widely-used online dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.
There are also various off-shoots of with microsites for gay and lesbian dating, Asian dating, Christian dating and Polish dating. The experts say: For those nervous about dating, this site puts the control in your fingertips allowing you access to thousands of profiles and the ability to chat to potential dates at the rate which works for you. Lovestruck helps you target potential partners according to location and it covers many of the major cities across the world.
The love-gods at match also arrange singles events and provide online dating advice. It is well known and therefore attracts a wide demographic, allowing you to widen your dating pool or limit it with their advanced matching facility. It’s aimed at time-starved professionals, who due to busy work and social lives simply don’t have the time to date.
Lovestruck helps put you in touch with people who are near you – be it where you work or live – to save you precious minutes or hours travelling to and from a date. The experts say: Perfect if you are looking for love in the city and want to approach dating with an informal first meet in your lunch break or after work. Choose a username (a screen name or alias) and set up a profile describing yourself and the type of person and relationship you are looking for.
The site also hosts regular events which are a fun, relaxed way to meet people. It takes the travel out of dating especially with its tube station search parameter. View other people’s profiles by searching the site and when you find someone that interests you, you can send a message via the site to their username.
A great starting point for people who have not tried online dating before and want to try it for free. The site aims to get rid of the ‘cringe factor’ associated with having to big yourself up through your online profile and makes it more of a fun community, where like-minded people can chat, meet and potentially fall in How much does it cost? The experts say: For those who are at a loss as how to sell themselves in 500 words or less, this site offers the opportunity to be described by your friend.
It works on the premise your friend can sell you better than you can but they can also embarrass you too. This online dating site does exactly what it says on the tin and only people deemed beautiful enough will be allowed to join.MSF has a more chatty style in the profile and gives you a greater insight into your potential date’s world. To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex.Members rate new applicants over a 48-hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant ‘beautiful’.The message is sent to their email address from your username – your real name and email address are never shown.Similarly you can receive messages from other members. In fact, it’s fairly similar to our old friends Match, mentioned above.These messages will be from their username and not their real email address, protecting both your and their privacy. You can start looking at potential dates for free, then when you like the look of someone and fancy striking up a conversation, you need to subscribe. The experts say: This site is owned by the dating giant MEETIC and gives you access to 20 million members across Europe and it also merged with in 2009. This is sold as a serious online dating site for ‘discerning singles.’ A bit like e Harmony, PARSHIP uses a patented test, this time called The PARSHIP principle®, which analyzes 32 personality traits and is based on an algorithm of 136 rules.