11 Most Important Features When Choosing a Dating Site

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      kevinn
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      Picking the right dating site or app is like buying a new car — you have a lot of options to consider. You may want something flashy that keeps with the latest trends, or you may want to stick with something more reliable and time-tested. It’s totally up to you.

      These days, you can find pretty much any type of dating site to suit your fancy. Whether you care about a niche user base or a psychology-based match algorithm, there most certainly is a dating platform made with you in mind. You just have to find it. To help you get your priorities in order as you start your search, we’ve put together a list of the most important features to consider when choosing a dating site (or app).

      1. An Easy Sign-Up Process to Get Started
      First of all, you have to consider how much time you want to spend setting up your profile. Do you want to just join and go? Or do you want to carefully put together a detailed dating profile? The time you’re willing to spend signing up will affect the selection of dating platforms available to you.

      For instance, eharmony is known for its lengthy signup process. It can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to complete the personality questionnaire, which includes about 80 questions that examine who you are and what you’re looking for.

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      Since its launch in 2000, eharmony has endeavored to find the formula for love. Its 32-dimension personality test uses psychological truths to identify areas of compatibility between two individuals. The dating site’s mission is to foster relationships that last, and every potential match has a reason behind it.

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      By gathering information on your temperament, family values, upbringing, and other details, eharmony refines its matching algorithm to suggest potential dates who are compatible with you.

      If you don’t want to invest that time, however, a dating app might be more up your alley. Most dating apps require basic information and a few pictures upon signup. Basically, you download the app, type in your name and birthday, and start swiping.

      2. Popularity & Membership Numbers Tell You if It’s Worth Your While
      Dating is a numbers game. You have to go where the people are. Popular dating sites and apps are going to give you the best chance to meet lots of dates simply because their membership numbers are high. If a dating site has only a few thousand people signed up, it’s not going to have a large enough pool of people for you to match with — especially if you live in a rural area.

      Of course, niche dating sites don’t have the sheer size of some of the larger dating sites, but they try to make up for it by sorting out specific types of people. The idea is that, while it doesn’t have everyone in the world signed up, the people who are there are going to have something in common with one another. Maybe they’re all liberals. Maybe they all like the TV show “Dr. Who”. Anything that brings people together can become a focal point for small dating sites to spark connections. If you’re willing to trade the quantity of people for the quality of membership, then a niche dating site might be right for you.

      While independent dating platforms can struggle to compete with a longstanding dating site, like Match.com, which boasts over 1.3 million active users and 96 million registrations, they can create unique dating environments where singles don’t have to search very hard to find someone who shares their interests, values, or background.

      3. Social Media Integration Adds a Layer of Trust
      When you’re signing up for a dating platform, you may notice a button tempting you to “Log in with Facebook” or “Sign up via Instagram.” Many dating companies use these integration tools as a shortcut for folks eager to get swiping. It’s also a handy way to verify people’s identities. By connecting with an existing social media account, the dating app can automatically access relevant information such as the person’s birthday, location, and previous profile photos. The dating network then puts together a suggested dating profile using that information.

      “We are trying to make the process of online dating radically more simple,” Zoosk said in a 2009 press release announcing its integration with Facebook. “Using Facebook Connect to log into Zoosk not only makes the entire login process easier for you, but it also makes it quicker for you — savvy users of the world wide web — to have online dating right at your fingertips.”

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      Zoosk is one of many dating sites that allows users to sign up via a social media network like Facebook, Google+, or Instagram.

      By connecting with a social media platform, singles speed up to the signup process. And doing so means they must use their real names and pictures, which adds a level of trust and security to dating sites and apps.

      If you’d rather keep your social life well away from your dating experience, you can join a dating site or app that doesn’t link to Facebook or any other social media site.

      4. Photos & Videos Appear Prominently in Profiles
      Most legit dating sites require you to add at least one photo to your profile, and some have full-time moderators making sure all uploaded photos are appropriate for the site. Guidelines will vary. Some platforms won’t allow videos, while others encourage members to upload a flirty clip of themselves. Adult dating sites generally don’t restrict members from posting revealing photos, but mainstream dating sites will swiftly remove nude photos from all profiles and revoke the membership of the person who posted them. This restriction keeps everything clean and family-friendly.

      Zoosk moderators can verify photos upon request and post a Photo Verified badge on the profiles of members who want to show everyone that they’re the real deal. All you have to do is record a selfie or video of yourself and send it along to the team.

      Match.com will reject photos showing nudity, identifying information, minors, illegal acts, or violence. A Match user’s primary photo cannot be a group photo and must show his or her unobscured face (no sunglasses or masks).

      5. Safety Features — Blocking Members & Photo Verification
      Safety is often a top concern for singles joining a dating site, and with good reason. A CBS News segment reported that romance scams cost Americans more than $86 million in 2014. Some criminals use the anonymity of a dating site to take advantage of unsuspecting and lonely singles.

      According to the FBI’s assessment of online dating scams, “the group targeted the most appears to be people aged 40 years and older, divorced, widowed, disabled, and often elderly.”

    • #183647
      jakee
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    • #183648
      claiire
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    • #183714
      codeman
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