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Welcome to Dating Sites Reviews Wednesday, December 11 2013 @ 05:59 PM
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
We strive to make it easy for you to find other singles online by including a variety of online personals categories. Whether you’re interested in finding a mature older companion, meeting someone from a similar faith, or just beginning to explore online dating, these categories will allow you see, at a glance, all of your options. Some of the categories include:
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.
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Is Xpress.com any good?Is Xpress.com any good?
Started by: JoeWonder,09/22/12 10:32AM
Last reply by: thatguy
12/10/13 03:20PMForget xpress, use date hook up, its
sparse picking but it real. And you know
if they're up late, they gotta be
freaks. There are a few fake profiles,
even prostitute, profiles, but majority
of them are real, n ok t real hot, but
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Long Distance Relationship (online)Long Distance Relationship (online)
Started by: johntheq,11/11/09 11:49AM
Last reply by: SaturnGreed
12/10/13 12:34AM[QUOTE][u]Quote by: Anonymous[/u][p]If
you are in school long distance
relationships do not work. It doesn't
matter if you skype online every night
or send texts every hour. There is just
to many distractions and other single
people the same age looking...
BE2 scam. received an email from a so...BE2 scam. received an email from a so...
Started by: anonymous,02/06/13 10:18AM
Last reply by: Meg
12/08/13 05:56PMHi All,
I have gone through the same nightmare
and was furious as you all are, emailed
them all the evidence - screenshots -
how they site work, that there was no
option to cancel the subscription. I
received emails fro them explaining on
and on the ...
The forums on plenty of fish.com are ...The forums on plenty of fish.com are ...
Started by: jerked around,12/28/07 07:39PM
Last reply by: X PoF Forum Addict
12/08/13 11:34AMThe Forums about sex and dating are just
like the people that start them ....
dumb and naïve or trolls.
The Forums about Science/Philosophy are
filled with self righteous know it alls
/ deluded confused republicans / wishy
washy democrats / Zealots o...
Meetlocals.com ...any good? worth i...Meetlocals.com ...any good? worth i...
Started by: Ryan Reed,01/22/10 02:25PM
Last reply by: Frustrated
12/07/13 02:42PMI actually think meetlocals and fling are
one in the same- or at least I hope. I
signed up for 1 month with fling and
after having -0- responses in weeks I
decited to cancel today. Not that easy
to do. So my confirmation is telling me
I just cancel...
Plenty More Fish my review and experi...Plenty More Fish my review and experi...
Started by: Nifty,07/05/08 08:48AM
Last reply by: marky b
Talked to some nice girls but sites full
of deleted people , people send messages
then usually deactivate? its not the
best site now ive done my research for
£29 per month there are far better more
genuine sites .This sites had its
day.For gods sake d...
Warning Fling.com is completely fake!!!!Warning Fling.com is completely fake!!!!
Started by: Anonymouse,11/01/07 06:30PM
Last reply by: Looking for distraction
12/04/13 11:06AM[QUOTE][u]Quote by: Anonymous[/u][p]In
general avoid any dealing with Cupid PLC
and they are the parent of a number of
sites that are fake or dodgy at best.
Cupid PLC lists their web properties on
Ashley Madison ScamAshley Madison Scam
Started by: Wondering,06/16/09 08:03PM
Last reply by: anon
12/04/13 12:46AMread about it on Jezebel and signed up
out of boredom.
of the first 100 search hits, more than
60 were fake profiles, identified by
simply plugging profile pictures into
Google Image Search. it's unknown
whether these are being created by
Is online dating still a last resort for singles? Not according to the latest Pew Internet and American Life study released in late October.
Research revealed that one in ten American adults have used online dating sites such as Match.com, eHarmony or OkCupid. Even more interesting was that 7% of mobile users said they’ve used a mobile dating app, showing that mobile dating has grown rapidly since the apps first appeared a few years ago.
The study showed that attitudes about online dating have changed since 2005 when the last survey was conducted. A majority of Americans are generally positive about online dating. Among those polled, 59 percent agreed with the statement that "online dating is a good way to meet people," compared with just 44 percent in 2005. And 52 percent agreed with the sentiment that "online dating allows people to find a better match for themselves because they can get to know a lot more people," up from 29 percent in 2005.
Even more impressive was that 42% of Internet users say they know someone who is using a dating website, even if they aren’t themselves, up from 31% in 2005. Also, 29% know someone who married or had a long-term relationship with a person they met through online dating, compared with 15% in the last survey.
Not everyone is so smitten with online dating, however. Twenty-one percent agreed with the comment that "people who use online dating sites are desperate," though that was down from 29 percent in 2005. Also, Pew posed a first-time question in the study, asking "does online dating keep people from settling down because they always have options for people to date?" Thirty-two percent answered in the affirmative.
The more interesting findings were in some of the experiences people had on online dating sites. Fifty-four percent "felt someone else seriously misrepresented themselves in their profile," and 28% "have been contacted by someone through an online dating site or app in a way that made them feel harassed or uncomfortable.” Forty-two percent of women felt this way, compared to only 17% of men.
The report is based on a survey of 2,252 adults aged 18 and older. According to the report’s lead author Aaron Smith, "we're not just looking at users of a particular site or a convenience sample. We have the ability to look at a nationally representative portion of the population to show not only what's happening now but how those behaviors have changed over a period of time."
Would you consider bribing someone to go out with you, say with a nice dinner or skydiving trip? According to Brandon Wade, an MIT graduate and founder of a new matchmaking app called Carrot Dating, most men would.
The idea behind the app (and its name) is that users can “dangle a carrot” in exchange for getting women to go out with them. (In fairness, the site claims that both men and women can accept or offer gifts in exchange for a date.)
Users can accept gifts or activities for a first date, from something as expensive as plastic surgery or as minimal as a tank of gas.
Most of the reviews for the new service have been skeptical, if not downright hostile regarding the purpose of the app.
Business Insider's Christina Sterbenz wrote in a scathing review, “through Carrot Dating, users (but really men)... can buy credits to send ”gifts“ to other users ... so they'll agree to a first date. That sounds quite like an activity illegal in most of the continental US — prostitution.” She goes on to say that, “in fact, this problematic app is teaching men that women are greedy idiots who can't see through blatant and pathetic misogyny.”
Wade has a different opinion however, especially when it comes to online dating. He maintains that women constantly get messaged while men struggle to get even one response. This is a way to level the playing field, to ensure that men get what they desire, too, instead of just messaging and hoping.
“Online dating is a superficial game,” the Carrot Dating site claims. “With Carrot Dating, you won’t get rejected before you even get a chance. Convince singles that spending time with you is worth it by making an offer that they simply cannot refuse.”
But does this approach work in the real world, especially if you're looking for a real relationship and not just a pretty date?
Not likely. Some experts have chimed in too, noting that when you’re buying presents in order to secure a first date, then she probably won't continue to date you unless you keep buying her gifts. There is no motivation to really get to know each other as you would on a traditional date without such bribes.
This app plays into the insecurities of men, especially when it comes to online dating. Unfortunately, it’s not an app that can ultimately help them obtain a relationship. That takes work, not gifts. And it probably takes a few more messages and a more open mind.
When Aaron Schildkrout cofounded HowAboutWe.com, he had a vision for online dating, one that didn't rely on complex mathematical calculations to determine whether two people are compatible. He pictured a site where real-life dates were the focus, so users got straight to what really matters: meeting face-to-face.
“We branded ourselves as the offline dating site, as explicitly an alternative to these profile-heavy matching algorithm dating sites,” he told The Washington Post. “It’s about getting offline, going to the real world and getting chemistry.”
It appears to be a smart approach at first glance, but since its founding in 2009, HowAboutWe has evolved to depend more on formulas, not less. As more and more users joined the site, the challenge was no longer to show them as many potential dates as possible, but to show them the right dates. In order to create an experience worth coming back for, HowAboutWe needed to get smarter.
HowAboutWe’s two-person data science team created an algorithm that combines a user’s profile information (like date ideas and demographics) with data gathered from that person's behavior on the site (e.g. what kind of profiles they looked at and how often).
In contrast to HowAboutWe’s focus on casual dating, eHarmony believes its users are looking for long term relationships and its algorithm reflects that. eHarmony members are required to fill out a personality questionnaire with hundreds of parts developed from research of around 50,000 happily married couples. To determine compatibility, historical data is paired with analysis of users’ behavior on the site and the constraints, like target age range, people place on their matches.
As expected, predicting love is no easy feat. Match.com president Amarnath Thombre says that what users claim they’re looking for is often not the kind of profiles they actually view. How did Match cope with the mixed signals? “We said, ‘We’re going to base these things way more on actions you take. . . . If you start breaking your rules, we’re going to start ignoring your rules,’ ” Thombre explained.
On AshleyMadison.com, the popular matchmaking site for affair-seekers, matching is driven almost entirely by an algorithm. “At least when it comes to the topic of infidelity, traditional research avenues have been kind of absent,” said founder Noel Biderman. “There aren’t a lot of universities out there that can give you wholesale data on how unfaithful this population or society is or what triggers this.”
Can a mathematical formula ever fully replace the magic of serendipity? It seems unlikely, but if the two can work together, we stand a better chance of finding love than ever before.
For more about Aaron Schildkrout dating site you can read our review on How About We.
Around the holidays, it’s easy to get caught up in the bustle – shopping for gifts for friends and family, going to holiday parties, and keeping an active social life. But sometimes it can feel like a bit much – which is why a lot of people tend to get depressed over the holidays.
For some, the holidays are a reminder of everything you don’t have in your life – whether it’s money, a house you love, a good career, family close by, or a romantic partner. There is evidence of happiness all around you – in the decorations or non-stop Christmas music, and yet you don’t feel inspired or happy. You see couples holding hands and families laughing together and you might wonder why you’re still alone.
While you can’t help your feelings, it’s also important to remind yourself to be grateful for all the things you already have in your life. That’s really what the holidays are about. And gratitude, more than anything else, will help you attract more happiness and love to your life.
While this might sound like a cliché, reminding yourself really works. Make a list! Here are some questions to help you get there:
What have you accomplished? For the entire year of 2013, write down all of the things you’ve accomplished that you’re grateful for, no matter how small. Did you finish that half marathon? Did you start saving for a trip to Belize? Did you learn a little bit of French? Did you clean out your garage? These victories are all important reminders of what you are capable of, and the future you are working towards.
Who do you love? When you’re sad about your love life and feel like you’ll never find the right person, it’s good to remind yourself about who is most important to you right now. Maybe it’s your best friend, who always lets you cry on her shoulder, or maybe it’s your Aunt Susan who has a plate of warm cookies for you whenever you visit. Remember the people who are there for you and send a little thank you note to each of them this holiday season. That means more than any purchase.
What do you love to do? Is there something you are passionate about, whether it’s writing poetry, playing guitar, or surfing? The holiday season is a great time to indulge in those activities you most enjoy, and remind yourself that no matter what, you have passions in your life that can bring you joy. That’s something to be grateful for.
Volunteer. If you’re really stuck, volunteering to help those less fortunate than you is always a good reminder of how much you have in your life. Whether you go to a soup kitchen or help the single mother who lives down the street by offering to babysit her children, you’re sending love into the world. And that is a good thing, no matter what time of year it is.
Good news, eHarmony users! eHarmony.com has just announced the launch of a new service designed to enhance the experience for those who want a higher level of service from their online dating site. The new service, called eH+, offers the best of eHarmony alongside a very special upgrade: a personal counselor.
The counselors are credentialed therapists working with eHarmony founder, himself a psychologist, Dr. Neil Warren. “Finding the love of your life is the single most underestimated challenge in the human experience,” said Dr. Warren in a press release. “In the course of the dating process, we know that some people want or need a higher level of service in finding their marriage partner and since this decision impacts your life more than any other single decision, we want to provide help every step of the way.”
So what exactly does it do?
“eH+ melds the power of eHarmony’s online capabilities with the guidance and care of the matchmaking industry,” said Grant Langston, Vice President of Customer Experience for eHarmony. “eH+ is exactly suited to take our proven compatibility algorithms and bring personal, one-on-one attention to the difficult process of finding the right person to share your life. We know that we have more marriages, with more satisfaction and fewer breakups than any other service and we are confident that eH+ will add another layer of strength to our already powerful process.”
And that’s not all. eH+ also promises:
If you think all that personalization comes without a price, think again. The bespoke eH+ service will cost $5,000 for a one year subscription. It certainly isn’t cheap, but according to eHarmony 66% of its members were surveyed and indicated they would be interested in subscribing (though who knows what “would be interested” actually means?). Unfortunately the service is too new to hear reviews from users.
eH+ launched in beta on November 1, and its official launch is set for December 1. For more information on this dating site and its features you can read our full eHarmony Review.
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