Tips for dating and mating online
Whether you're mating or dating, Cupid's working tirelessly online to bring the right person to you. Here's our advice on how to navigate the world of online dating sites, from Plenty of Fish to Pride Dating to to Swingers Date Club.
So don't be shy. If 40 million people are dating online and finding love on the internet, why not you? And those numbers are just on one site, Vancouver-based online dating site, Plenty of Fish. There are a number of wonderful and exotic sites that offer connections for those seeking monogamy, or just a fun night out, and reinforce the adage that there's someone for everyone.
Plenty of Fish Facts: 40 million users | Free | Friends, Casual dating, Intimate experience, Seeking marriage | Single, Married, Cohabitating, Divorced
How POF keeps the laws of attraction in motion
Completely free means impressive numbers, and numbers mean a higher probability of finding love on the internet and turning it into love in real time.
Overwhelmed by the large schools of fish swimming in POF's waters?
Relax. You're on the internet but analog love is near. POF's free "compatibility service" narrows down the swimmers. New members get relationship needs and chemistry assessed. Test questions measure compatibility on the basis of self-confidence, family orientation, social dependency, commitment readiness, etc. POF's credo: similar personalities have the best chance of long lasting relationships.
Cupid's algorithm powers POF's relationship coaching, basing it on test answers and offering topics to discuss with a new partner.
No frills. Design looks like nobody really cares. Awful ads for face lifts and tooth replacement mingle with come ons from other dating services. Best POF put down, "Costco of dating services" may also be a compliment. Lots of inventory.
SDC-Swingers Date Club Facts: 2 million active members | Free basic membership - $20/ month (couples package) - $25/ month singles package | Swingers - singles seeking couple, couples seeking singles or couples | Full or soft swap couples, same room or completely open
Swingers Date Club is the largest online international swinger and fetish community in the world. Created for the purpose of establishing a safe online community of like minded singles and couples, SDC is definitely one of the more erotic online dating websites - this is your R rated warning.
Why SDC is a unique online dating site
SDC makes online dating an exciting social experience by offering swingers parties, cruises and speed dating.
Unique online dating profiling
SDC's personal profiling requires online dating members to describe themselves and their hobbies as if being paired with a university roommate -- they even ask for your birthday. To ensure that couples (or singles) are matched effectively, member profiles specify comfort levels with varying sexual activities, ranging from erotic massages to openness to engaging in romantic relationships.
Inexperienced, no problem
Want to become a swinger but are intimidated by the lingo? Never feel out of place again with SDC's swinger dictionary of common swinging terms.
NudistFriends Facts: 22,000 members | Free basic membership - $30/ month | Nudists, Naturalists |Friendship, romance - (same sex, mixed gender options for both)
"Take off your clothes and relax," states the first and largest online site for nudists to meet as friends or potential romantic partners. NudistFriends is a wholesome online dating site that provides a friendly and confidential environment for nudists to find love and walk hand-in-hand, buck naked, into the sunset together - tan line free.
Why NudistFriends is a unique online dating site
If a politician were naked, would they still be able to hide the truth? Not just your typical online dating site, NudistFriends offers resources for living as a nudist and forums such as 'nudist humor'. Although the site promotes a naked lifestyle, the online dating site promises that no sexual connotation or explicit images are accepted.
CougarLife Facts: 2 million members | Free basic membership - $29/ month | Cougars (women 35+), Young men seeking cougars |Friendship, romance - (same sex, mixed gender options for both) |Nightly entertainment, no strings attached, short or long term relationships
Mature, successful, and independent women in their 'prime' - AKA cougars. This online dating site is transforming the once negatively viewed stereotype of older woman praying on younger men at sleazy bars, to establishing a new and sophisticated cougar territory on the world wide web. The site was created to meet the niche specific demand now that dating outside social age groups has become more socially acceptable.
Why CougarLife is a unique online dating site
Let's hear it for the boys. Unlike competing online dating web sites, on this category specific dating site women are outnumbered by men and it's true to its claim of having extremely attractive 'cubs' (young men), many of which are "young military men who are fit, willing to travel, and ready for pleasure".
By dating mature women, "younger men gain ego, status, and bragging rights," proclaims the new age online dating site. Dating younger men gives women the feeling of youthfulness and more confidence in themselves as both women and romantic partners - "confident, happy people make confident, happy couples".
No plans tonight?
CougarLife has a unique “Find A Date Tonight," feature where lonely cougars and cubs can find a partner to entertain them for that evening.
PositiveSingles.com Facts: 600 000 members | Free basic membership - $30/ month | Herpes, HPV, HIV, Hepatitis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and other STDs |Support system, Friendship, Romance - (same sex, mixed gender options for both)
"You're not alone. Start dating again," encourages this online dating site that provides members who identify as STD positive with a directory of similar singles who are seeking love.
Why PositiveSingles is a unique online dating site
This "warm hearted and exclusive" online community seconds as a virtual support system for individuals who identify as STD positive.
Never be embarrassed by your Chlamydia again
The site is an anonymous, private and safe environment of like minded people. Besides offering the basic online dating features, PositiveSingles provides counselling, STD specific blogs, STD Q & A, and treatment stories.
Senior Singles Canada Facts: Over 11,000 daily members online | Free basic membership - $16 - $40/ month (based on membership features) | Seniors | Friendship, Romance, Companionship, Travel partner - (same sex, mixed gender options for both)
Widowed, divorced or never married. This online dating website specializes in matching partners over the age of 50.
Why Senior Singles Canada is a unique online dating site
This online dating site is Canada specific. This attribute may offer fewer potential partner options, but can guarantee local singles - offering more refined and accurate searches. It is however, the largest online dating site in Canada.
You asked, Senior Singles Canada found
Believe it or not, this online dating site can access the inner desires of what its members are looking for in a partner. Well, sort of. Each member is asked to create a profile detailing descriptions of their ideal partner. With the Early Bird matches feature, this online dating site will sift through its member database and select matches that best fit individual dating standards.
Senior Singles Canada also offers more alternative routs of partner pairing to choose from:
Soul match - a sophisticated psychometric questionnaire used to distinguish between twelve different character types.
Star match - an astrology practice that recognizes varying personality traits where matching is based around the signs of the zodiac.
Select match - typical matching technique where members fill out a questionnaire to find a partner with similar interests and best suits each individual.
Sensual match - a significant form of matching that has been completely disregarded by alternative online dating web sites - matching based on sex drive, sensuality and libido.
PrideDating.com Facts: 2 Million Members | Free | LGBT community | Friendship, Dating, Relationship
This online dating site caters to the LGBT community, featuring dating options specifically for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals.
Why Pride Dating is a unique online dating site
Pride Dating prides themselves for being a completely free service. This online dating site is also the only site that caters to transgender individuals.
The good ones are either married or gay
Find a date for tonight or for the rest of your life by contacting other dating members through interest notifications, instant messaging and video chat.
Online dating veterans will tell you, get out there! It's a numbers game.