We looked at today’s most popular dating websites and apps and rated their matching tools, costs, ease of use, messaging features and other features.
We also spoke to several insightful people, including dating experts and typical users, to get a clear view of the modern dating landscape.
Our findings are in line with 2016 Consumer Reports data that found users were most satisfied with Ok Cupid over numerous other dating services.
With free dating apps becoming more popular thanks to Tinder, people are gravitating toward predominately free online dating services.
In our tests, the maximum number of profiles we could like before running out of beans was five a day, which we would think keeps most people from being flippant about their matches.
In our tests, our accounts got an average of three matches, which was rather low compared to other services we tried.
Coffee Meets Bagel limits the number of profiles you can view at one time, forcing you to consider the profiles you do see more carefully.
Julie Spira, a Los Angeles-based author, online dating expert and CEO of Cyber Dating Experts, said honesty is the key to online dating success.
This is becoming easier and easier with social media.“These days because people are connecting their Instagram accounts to their mobile dating app we have an opportunity to see what someone looks like in real life and whether those photos match the profile,” she said.
Setting up your profile is fun because of the unique questions you’re asked, like what your ideal date would entail and whether you’d prefer to be weird or normal.
You also answer these questions from the perspective of your ideal mate to ensure you are paired with compatible people.
After you write six phrases about yourself and three phrases about what you like in a date, you can start using Coffee Meets Bagel.