At least they do these days. There are a slew of sites and apps to help singles find love and, for the most part, they work, according to Consumer Reports. Nearly half, or 44 percent, of those who tried online dating said it led to a serious long-term relationship or marriage, the magazine found. Traditionally known for reviewing products like household cleaners and washers and dryers, Consumer Reports surveyed nearly 10, subscribers in the fall of about online dating and then rated matchmaking sites based on their overall satisfaction.
How to boost the odds with a better profile: Use recent pictures taken within the past year and at least one good close-up headshot. Show that you're humble through a joke, a self-effacing story or a humorous anecdote. Keep your profile brief but interesting. To make a strong first impression, use anecdotes instead of a string of adjectives describing yourself. Whether or not you believe in fate, it can certainly feel like fate when you meet the love of your life.
If you're eager to find love, you may want to give fate a helping hand by joining an online dating site. Our top internet dating site, Match. You can browse as much as you like before deciding if you want to pay for an account, and there are so many ways to narrow your search so that you can custom-make your own best matches. If you want a little more help in making matches, you may want to try our Silver Award winner, Spark, which uses a personality test based on colors to represent sets of characteristics.
This can help you know how your personality would match up with potential dates' personalities. Our Bronze Award winner, OkCupid, allows for a combination of suggested matches and matches that you essentially make yourself by using an array of search filters. There are fewer types of communication with this site, though. There are no digital winks or other flirts, just direct messaging. Narrowing the Search We narrowed our search for the best online dating services to general sites that include all types of singes, but there are many options if you prefer to narrow your search for love based on factors like age or ethnicity.
There are sites like OurTime that focus on singles over 50 and lots of sites that focus on different religious groups, including Jewish dating sites like Yenta and JDate. There are also sites dedicated to specific racial and ethnic groups, like LatinoPeopleMeet. You can filter for religion, race and other factors on all of the dating sites, but sometimes it is nice to start with a more specific pool of candidates.
It's a mobile app only iOS and Android. You're presented with images for each of your potential matches, and with a swipe or a tap, you can either dismiss them entirely or add them to your "like" list, full of people you may want to contact for a date. You have to log in via Facebook—Tinder uses Facebook to do its heavy lifting, and uses your likes, shares, and other profile information to help match you up with other users.
Once you do though, you're off to the races liking and dismissing people. If someone you liked likes you, then you can communicate. If not, keep trying. It's probably the simplest approach to online match-making ever, kind of a blend between an online matchmaking site and speed dating. On the other hand though, many of you pointed out that a lot of people use Tinder for hookups, and because the service is so simple compared to other, more robust matchmaking sites.
One the bright side though, no one can message you and you can't message anyone unless you both liked each other's photos, so there's that. Some of you pointed out that the fact that Tinder cuts the BS and the bloat from online dating is what makes it so powerful, and shared your success stories with it. Go in with an open mind and be ready for weird people, and you'll be fine.