The Ultimate Online Dating Guides
Valentine's Day is approaching! Have you found your dream guy or dream lady yet? Or you are still searching for 'The One'? Have you ever considered going on online dating sites? No, online dating is not a weird thing at all, especially in the digital era. According to a study released in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest last year, online dating has become the second most common way for couples to meet. The study also revealed that 22 per cent of heterosexual couples and 61 per cent of same-sex couples had found their partners through the internet. So today, I will be your ‘digital cupid’; I will give you tips to find your true love through online dating sites!
Which online dating site?
There are more than 9 million dating sites available in the web world. In order to find the suitable site, you first need to know what you are looking for. Most dating sites have their niche; some sites are focused on only men/women, some are specifically intended for LGBT, some sites are regional-based, and some are even more specific than that (e.g. UniformDating: a dating site for anyone who works in uniform or likes those who do).
According to Google Zeitgeist, the ten most popular dating sites of 2012 are:
Most of the sites mentioned above are, in my opinion, quite general - they don’t really have a niche - with the exception for Christian Mingle (yes, it is a dating site for single Christians), Jdate (a special dating site for Jewish singles), and AdultFriendFinder (a dating site specifically to find a sex partner); but yet popular. Yet, you will have a bigger chance in finding your loved one in one of these websites because of their high popularity.
Plenty of Fish dating site
Next to hetero-dating-sites, I also have a list of dating sites for single gay and lesbians out there. The top 7 websites for single LGBTs according to Heidi Lee Munson, a dating coach and an expert partner on YourTango, are:
Most of the websites above, unlike other hetero sites, offer privacy and discretion; some even offer anonymity (for gay and lesbians who have not “come out of the closet”).
Compatible Partners dating site for LGBT
Lastly, as I have mentioned before, there are some websites that offer specific criteria. Here is the list of niche dating sites, mostly based on what I found on BusinessInsider:
Ashley Madison, a niche dating site for people who are looking to have affairs
As mentioned before, in order to find the right dating site, you first need to know what you are looking for. You must determine what kind of relationship you are looking for before visiting any dating sites. Another tip, find a dating site that is popular in the country you live in (better for distance-wise, language-wise, and culture-wise). If you live in the UK for example, you should visit Match.com and My Single Friend according to Telegraph UK.
From online-dating, we move to mobile-dating. Nowadays we have plenty of app developers offering a dating service for mobile users. These applications are targeted for everyone, no matter what gender or sexual orientation of the users; and most importantly, they are usually free to use. Here is the list of the top dating-apps for iPhone according to Business Insider:
For Android users, here are the top dating-apps for your operating system according to International Business Times:
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