Though rating individual sites is beyond our scope, we've compiled recent rankings from several sites like pointed out that the site has "far more search options than we found in any other dating site," including physical appearance, exercise frequency and occupation, to name a few.
The downsides are the high price and constant requests for more cash to see who visited your page, for example., free, is popular, but it sure ain't pretty.
Once you're ready to contact someone, adds that it's best to keep messages cool and casual. You'll have to give a lot of frogs the ol' cheek turn.
Coming on too strong, while occasionally amusing, is off-putting. Here's an example of a date gone wrong from our own Tim: "I went out with a really cute girl for three weeks, and then she suddenly tried passing me off to her (much less cute) roommate. The bad news: Online dating (or any dating) has a seamy side, and women especially need to beware.
There are serious pitfalls to avoid, of course: dodgy sites, "catfishing" and, worst of all, online predators.
Finally, ask friends to read your profile, since they might know certain things about you better than you do.
Some of those, including let you browse potential mates for free (supported by ads), while offering a paid premium option with more features -- advanced searches, message read receipts and so on.
Another well-known, mobile-only site is , aimed mostly at people looking purely for sex.
at the odd end of the dating pool."Our resident dating expert Tim Seppala prefers OKCupid, as do several other Engadget editors. "Well, it's free, and it doesn't feel gross -- unlike " The large number of users and messages is a plus, though Tim added that "the overall user population isn't the best in my area, and there are a lot of people who are 'very hesitant' to meet someone in person."Instead of making a long-term subscription commitment and regretting it, why not start with a free site?
That way you can test the waters, figure out what does and doesn't work and get a nice, tight profile before paying anything.