There are so many dating sites! Today, there is a dating site for every interest, religion, philosophy, or lifestyle you can think of. With this wealth of choices, it can be difficult to know where to start. The first thing you have to ask is: “What am I looking for?” Once you’ve answered that question, take a look at this list of the top 10 dating sites and choose the one you think is most likely to host the love of your life.
- Tinder. Tinder was founded in 2012, and boasts a whopping 26 million matches a day. It is a mobile app dating site that only matches you with people in a specific radius of your current location, and has resulted in hundreds of thousands of successful matches. While plenty of long-term successful relationships have begun on Tinder, it is primarily known as a hookup app. This is because it matches you up with people in your area, making it the ideal choice for a last-minute date on a lonely evening.
- FriendFinder.com. Friend Finder was founded in1996 and is publicly traded. It has 520 million members in 200 countries across the globe. In 2007, Penthouse Media Group purchased this dating app and created spinoffs, like AdultFriendFinder and alt.com for bondage and fetish matches.
- PlentyOfFish.com. Plenty of Fish was founded in Canada in 2003 and has 100 million registered users. The most unique thing about this popular dating site is that it keeps age gaps to less than 14 years, meaning that you are much more likely to find someone age-appropriate on Plenty of Fish than you are on almost any other dating site.
- spark.com Spark is the parent site for special interest dating sites like Jdate and Christian Mingle, but Spark itself is a general interest dating site. It’s a great place to start if you are looking to explore a more niche population but aren’t sure where to begin.
- true.com. True is endorsed by Psychology Today, and it conducts background checks for every single registered user who signs up for it. To date, there are over 10+ million members using True, which is impressive given that it comes with a comparatively high monthly price tag: it’ll run you $50 per month after a month-long free trial.
- lavalife.com LavaLife was originally founded in 1987 as a telephone dating service that allowed users to connect through placing newspaper ads. In the last fifteen years, it has been reconstructed to connect to social media, and it offers three “tiers” of searches: Intimate Encounters, Relationships, and Casual dating. There are over 10 million active members on LavaLife.
- OkCupid.com OkCupid was created by Harvard students, and is among the most popular dating site for the 18-30 demographic. Facebook sponsors OkCupid, and the site is thus able to compare Facebook profiles of potential matches, comparing their likes and interests. They also have a blog called OkTrends, which is all about current and past dating trends. OkCupid is fun in and of itself, offering an array of interesting quizzes to take and questions to answer.
- match.com Match is considered the pioneer of online dating, the original online dating site. It has more than 15 million members, and boasts over 500,000 successful relationships. It’s huge — but it isn’t free. In fact, it can take a bit of digging to find out what you’ll end up paying for a match.com membership.
- eHarmony.com eHarmony was founded in 2000 by a psychologist and relationship expert. You have to fill out a detailed profile in order to be a part of the site, which means not everyone can join. In fact, they tend to exclude people who have indicators of depression, or who have been in a number of failed marriages. In fact, one is automatically rejected if legally separated but not divorced. eHarmony claims that 230 marriages every day are a direct result its system.
- chemistry.com. Launched in 2008, chemistry.com was created by an anthropologist who created an intricate questionnaire that will match anyone, including individuals of the same gender — something that eHarmony will not do. As of 2015, almost 13 million people have taken the personality test on Chemistry.com.