Reviews of internet dating websites
Meanwhile, here are some tips on choosing the right dating service for you, and staying safe in the online dating jungle.There are pros and cons to narrowing down your search from the get-go.That makes Match a winner if you want to dive straight in, but it does mean there's less quality control.The moment your profile is published, which you have to do before seeing prices, you're battered with attention.So be prepared to spend an afternoon spilling your heart out as part of the sign-up process before you can get anywhere near other members' profiles. The thrill of connecting with someone online can easily make you drop your guard. If the person you're chatting to keeps putting off the chance to meet, ask yourself why. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable or gets abusive, don't hesitate to report them to the website. If you're in the UK, make sure your chosen dating site follows the Online Dating Association code of practice. Two of the best-known dating sites, Match and Dating Direct, are both now owned by French company Meetic and are effectively the same thing, but will happily take a subscription fee each.Enter the site's name into the ODA's free 'Check a site' tool to find out if it's registered. Many newspaper and radio dating clubs, for example Classic FM Romance, The Telegraph Dating and Smooth Radio Singles, also use the same database as each other.
More than half the UK's 1,400 dating sites cater for a specific group such as over 50s, gay daters and disabled daters.Niche dating sites tend to be cheaper than mainstream sites, for starters, but the biggest advantage of a specialist site is the feeling of being among friends.If you're new to the online dating jungle, a niche site can help you feel more at ease than a huge mainstream site, where you can easily feel overwhelmed.Stats wizards at the University of Bath – ably assisted by Countdown's Rachel Riley – calculated that your chances of finding love on any given day are just 1 in 562 if you leave it to fate.The best way to boost those odds is to join a dating website. But with more than 1,400 dating sites in the UK alone, choosing one is almost as hard as choosing the right person.