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Welcome to Dating Sites Reviews Saturday, October 25 2014 @ 03:00 AM

This site offers detailed reviews on the most popular dating sites on the web. With all the online dating services reviewed in one spot, you can find the sites best suited to your personality and tastes. In our member and team reviews, you’ll discover how each site works and its approximate cost. Most sites do offer free submitting of your dating profile and searching of matching profiles but to communicate with someone you will have to purchase a subscription or buy credits to that particular site. None of the popular dating sites are completely free.

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To find out more information about each reviewed site, please click one of the sites listed in the Reviews section or go straight to the online dating site by clicking one of the names on the left. Our Online Dating statistics wiki section includes a wealth of referenced facts about online dating in general and the top dating sites.

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Why You Should Stop Putting So Much Effort Into Your Online Dating Messages

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Yep, you read that headline right. And the news comes straight from the mouth of Christian Rudder, co-founder of OkCupid and writer of the OkTrends blog, so you know it's worth paying attention to.

Messages are usually the most private part of an online dating site, but Rudder gets special access and he's used it for another interesting wave of online dating research.

First, he took a look at the history of technology and how it altered the way we communicate. The notable moment came in 2008, when Apple launched the app store and everything went mobile. The effect on OkCupid users' writing was practically instantaneous. Smartphone-using singles started typing on teeny-tiny keyboards, and as a result message length has dropped by over two-thirds in the 6 years since.

These days, the average message is just over 100 characters. It seems like nothing, but users have adapted. Messages that get the highest response rate are now only 40-60 characters long.

Then Rudder examined how much putting time and effort into messages leads to better results. He looked at messages between 150 and 300 characters and plotted them against the time it took to write them. The outcome? Taking time to craft your messages helps, but only to a point. A peak is reached at around the 120-second mark, and after that you're just overthinking it.

There are also those out there who maximize their time by – sigh – cutting and pasting. And there are a lot of them. All told, 20% of the sample registered 5 or fewer keystrokes per message. “Sitewide,” writes Rudder, “the copy-and-paste strategy underperforms from-scratch messaging by about 25 percent, but in terms of effort-in to results-out it always wins: measuring by replies received per unit effort, it’s many times more efficient to just send everyone roughly the same thing than to compose a new message each time.”

So there you have it. Like it or not, cut/paste is here to stay. It may be a little less effective, but it's far more efficient. Those who choose the CRTL + V strategy are actually just harnessing technology and hacking the online dating process – and doing so is probably making them far more successful than you, person who spends an hour personalizing every message.

RIP faith in humanity, hello more time to spend watching cat videos on YouTube.

4 Scary-Bad Pieces Of Online Dating Advice You Shouldn't Follow

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Normally the type of scares we talk about come October are the ones that involve zombies and werewolves and candy-craving kids hopped up on too much sugar, but around here we're more concerned with a different kind of fright.

Over the last 8 years, I've spent a lot of time reading, writing, and occasionally even following online dating advice. And whew...there is some scary, scary stuff out there. Plenty of people get it right, but let's be honest – plenty more get it wrong, so wrong it's almost scary how bad it is.

I spend most of my time on the good advice, but Halloween puts me in the mood for being horrified so today we're taking a detour to Terrortown. All of the advice you're about to read? Don't follow it, unless you want to be an urban legend singles tell to scare each other off online dating.

  1. Spend days crafting the perfect profile. When was the last time you showered? Or ate something that wasn't cooked in a microwave? Or saw sunlight? It's easy to overthink your profile, but it won't increase your chances of finding the partner you're looking for. No one has time to trawl through novel-length profiles, so keep it short and sweet and leave them wanting more.
  2. Chat with someone for months before meeting, to make sure they're not a serial killer. Yes to the making sure they're not a serial killer half, but no to the first part. The endgame of online dating is real life dating. More often than not, it's hard to accurately assess chemistry through a computer screen. You don't want to waste weeks exchanging messages, only to find out on date one that you're totally incompatible. Chat long enough that you feel sure your date isn't plotting the perfect crime, then take the plunge and meet in-person.
  3. Dinner and a movie is a perfect first date. Think again. The point of a date is to get to know someone, which you can't do when you're both staring quietly at a screen wondering if someone is going to pull the yawn-and-cuddle move. On the other side of the coin, staring at each other across a dinner table with little other stimulation puts too much pressure the conversation. Do an activity together instead – it'll make you feel more relaxed and give you something to chat about.
  4. Look for The One. I hate to be the one to shatter your childhood fantasies, but love just doesn't work like that. There are billions of people on this planet – do you really thing you're only compatible with one? Besides, dating in 2014 is a numbers game. We rarely understand what we want and need until it's staring us in the face, and we probably have to go through a lot of other faces first. If you're too picky and evaluate potential partners by ticking items off a checklist, you could miss someone amazing.

7 Rules For Finding The Perfect Partner Online

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Online dating is...well, let's just say it's not the easiest thing you'll ever do. It falls somewhere between “Waiting in line at the DMV” and “Your friend vomiting on you while you hold her hair after a night of too many tequila shots” on the frustration scale.

And yet, we can't keep ourselves away. There's something undeniably alluring about clicking profiles and swiping right, so we make the best of it and keep on going.

No doubt you have an online dating horror story of your own – or maybe even enough to fill an entire anthology – but you don't have to stumble from one bad date to another. There are good dates to be had too, and these 7 rules will help you find them.

  1. Get Online: This is gonna sound crazy, but you can't meet someone online if you're not online in the first place. I know taking the plunge is scary, but it's less scary than not taking the plunge. Stop procrastinating and brave that first step.
  2. Prioritize: You probably have a laundry list of Wants and Don't Wants, and that list is holding you back. Knowing what you want and need in a relationship is a good thing, but narrowing a person down to a list of qualities is limiting. Is anyone really going to match up with every single thing? Probably not, so prioritize your list and focus only on the top few entries.
  3. Understand The Algorithms: Online dating sites seem mysterious at first glance, but their inner workings are hardly sorcery. Algorithms work by analyzing both what you say explicitly and the behavior you exhibit. So if you say you're into tall, dark, and handsome but tend to click on shorter blondes, the algorithm will adjust to present you with matches you'll actually be interested in based on your behavior.
  4. Stay Short And Sweet: Shorter profiles tend to fair better than longer profiles. What you want is something brief but informative and intriguing. One sentence won't cut it, but one hundred is too many. The goal is to...
  5. Create A Curiosity Gap: All those annoying headlines from BuzzFeed and Upworthy? This is why they're so successful. They create what's called a “curiosity gap” by offering enough information to pique your interest, and nothing more. Describe yourself if a few fascinating words, and leave them wanting more.
  6. Be Positive: Use positive language in your online dating profile. Talk about what excites you, what you're passionate about, and the dreams you have for the future. People want to be around others who make them feel good, not those who dwell on the negative.
  7. Think Like A Marketer: You are the product you're selling. Who is your audience? And what is most likely to hook them? If you know who you want to attract, you can figure out how to attract them. You'll have the most success when you can target your profile to the partner you want.

Do iPhone Users Have More Sex?

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A new study by German researchers shows that men who are looking for more casual sex are more willing to spend money for the new iPhone 6 rather than purchase a cheaper Android phone.

According to website Science of Relationships, Christine Hennighausen and Frank Schwab of the University of Wuerzburg asked 350 men and women how likely they would be to buy an Apple iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy Ace. (The Samsung device sells for about 20% of the price of an iPhone.)

The experiment showed that men’s desire to purchase an iPhone depended not only on whether he was in a committed relationship, but whether he was looking for a long-term relationship or just casual one-night stands. As it turns out, men in committed relationships were no more or less likely to purchase an iPhone as compared to an Android. But single men who were looking for long-term relationships were less likely to buy that iPhone compared to single guys who were looking to score.

This phenomenon isn’t new. A few years ago, OkCupid did a study and found that daters with iPhones had almost twice as much sex as Android users. This was broken down further by gender and age, but the research was there – iPhones are definitely a sexual turn-on.

The researchers in the German study asked the participants about their sexual behavior, with questions such as “How many different sexual partners have you had in the past year?” and “With how many different partners have you had sex on one and only one occasion?” Higher numbers indicate a tendency toward flings, or a casual dating strategy.

When the researchers disregarded the men’s mating strategy, they found that uncommitted men were more willing to purchase the cheaper Samsung phone. So just because a man is single you shouldn’t assume he’s just looking to score. Apparently, his willingness to buy that iPhone depends on whether he is marriage material or prefers promiscuity. So the fact that more men seem to be buying Android phones is a good sign for ladies who are looking for long-term relationships.

The researchers found that more women in the study chose to purchase Android phones rather than iPhones, though their decisions weren’t influenced by their dating strategies as were the men’s.

Another interesting finding: single men who did purchase those iPhones tend to have them on display when there are women around them. This is not surprising in light of the findings – and the fact that those men put down a few hundred dollars to be first in line to get their shiny new devices, so they might as well show them off and see what happens.

Tinder Spammers Still Going Strong Despite Security Improvements

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Dating app Tinder has had to deal with a lot of security issues, despite the app’s verification system using Facebook Connect.  In theory, because of Facebook’s security measures, only “real people” can join Tinder, so users can sign up with some reassurance the profiles they'll encounter will be real. But lately, this has not been the case.

Spammers and scammers have been able to lure users away from Tinder and onto their sites, typically, with spam bots - fake accounts pretending to be real people that flirt with users in order to redirect them to adult sites - and take their money. In the past, Tinder users could block profiles, but they couldn’t report spam.

According to website Tech Crunch, things have changed. Users can now not only block accounts but also report spam. Tinder also made a technical update to address the issue, and the update was effective at cutting down on the in-app spam. Unfortunately, the spam bots just found another avenue - SMS. Phone spam for Tinder users skyrocketed.

Instead of luring Tinder users away while they are inside the app, the spam bots changed their scripts and started collecting mobile numbers from the users, sending those users text messages with links to the spammers’ websites. 

It can be really misleading for users to receive text messages from spammers who are pretending to be people. One example Tech Crunch used that came from a spam bot read like this: “sorry my phone’s almost dead and out of mins too. If you go on ill be there. Im sweetgirl4u on it. Sorry its free tho if you confirm your email.”

Tinder is still racking up complaints, so it seems the technical update hasn’t actually made a difference. According to security researchers, this is beacuse Tinder was successful in getting rid of the in-app spam bots but not the spam bots themselves. Lead researcher Raj Bandyopadhyay explained to how they conducted their research, and what it meant for Tinder:

“Our topic modeler looks for phone number related complaints, and then classifies them using Data Scientist to validate correlation. In this case, we isolated complaints related to Tinder, and then compared them to historical complaints. This gives us a high degree of confidence that the spike is specific to Tinder activity and not just an overall spike in spam. In addition, it is important to re-emphasize that this is a pattern we have frequently seen – fraudsters migrating to phone after being thwarted online.”

So it seems text messages are becoming the spam bot avenue of choice, since online technology has improved so much. Now, mobile security needs to catch up.

Looking for What to do on Your Next Date? There’s an App for That!

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Tired of going to the same old clubs, bars and restaurants on the weekend? Are you looking for someplace new to meet people, or even to take a date?

Website AppPicker has come out with a list of the top nightlife apps, so you don’t have to do so much work researching and asking your friends where to go. Now, depending on what you like to do and when you have some free time, your app can be your new BFF.

Following are some suggestions from AppPicker about what you need to download next to improve your social life:

Speed Tapping – Party Night is an unfortunate name for an app, but it has some pretty cool functionality. Search for parties or events in specific locations and on specific dates. First, it provides real-time data from 9PM to 3AM of the hottest spots in town, giving you a “live feed” option if you want to move from place to place depending on what’s happening. It also makes reservations, gets you on guest lists and books tickets for you.

If you like going to clubs, check out DiscoTech – which offers VIP Bottle service, Tickets, and Guestlists. If you live in L.A., you know how long those club lines can be and that only bottle service will get you a seat in a hot bar. So if you’re ready to party, this app provides booking services, event listings, and adding you to guest lists. Plus, there’s free champagne for your first booking.

All In Nightlife is exclusive to Las Vegas, L.A. and New York, where nightlife tends to revolve around getting in to clubs. You can become a VIP with this app – placing yourself on guest lists, making reservations, and even getting discounted hotel rates (which is a great deal if you’re visiting for a girls’ or guys’ weekend).

Nightlife is an app that works through social networks – giving you “inside scoop” on what’s happening from people who are also using the app. It covers 20 cities and is adding more regularly, is free, and you can log in with your Facebook or Twitter account. You can also obtain pricing and menu items from different places suggested.

Night Flyer helps you find deals for happy hour, karaoke, and live music around your city. The app also has exclusive deals with some establishments.

GoinOut is a social networking nightlife app. You receive rewards for using the app, plus it hooks up with Uber so you can get around without having to worry about driving and parking to kill your buzz. You can find out where your friends on the app are headed, and you can add and share photos if you’d like.

Have fun!

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