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An Educated Comparison of the Top Dating Sites

A down-and-dirty exposé of the most famous dating sites.


I’ll admit it: I’ve tried just about every dating site out there. My philosophy is: the wider I cast my net, the more likely I am to find that rare guy who’s just right for me. I’m sure you can relate with the feeling that all the attractive and kind men have gone into hiding. Globally, finding love is tough, and big cities like LA and NYC are especially tough places to find love in — but there are ways to make it easier.

An Educated Comparison of the Top Dating Sites

To all my single friends, I suggest this: Rather than spend another night talking to another balding banker, or worse, suffer through a complete dry spell, why not make dates come to you? No matter which side of the dating spectrum you’re on, there is definitely an online dating service that’s right for you. Like shopping online, you can view images, compare features, and order up men who want to come to your neighborhood to buy you dinner. You gotta love technology!

An Educated Comparison of the Top Dating Sites

Fun facts:

  1. People who meet on dating sites are quicker to tie the knot than those who meet in the real world — dating for an average of just over 18 months before getting hitched, compared to 42 months for those who meet offline.
  2. 81% of people online lie about their height, weight or age on dating profiles. Women typically trim about 8 pounds from their weight, while men typically add half an inch to their height.

Here’s my down-and-dirty (/tried and tested) reviews of the most famous dating sites (and expert tips at the end!) I left out Tinder because, well, if you’re single then you probably already know all about it. Here are the sites to try if you’re looking for a long-term relationship:

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging ( and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 123 Comments

  1. Colette McVay

    Hello, I check your new stuff like every week.
    Your writing style is awesome, keep it up!

  2. Sarah Evanston

    I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educational and interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head. Online dating is an issue that not enough folks are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy I found this in my search for a comparison — I think I’ll use OkCupid!

  3. Randie Cadiogan

    Hello there! What a great, and obviously first-hand comparison! I’m sharing your blog on twitter immediately. There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content (and probably desperately need it!)

  4. Sandra Brown

    Why pay when you can get OK Cupid for free?? 😉

  5. Courtney Watson

    I honestly haven’t tried “online dating services.” Yes, I have tried online dating, but some sort of paying online to meet and date, is something new to me.

    I would like to try and see how these online dating services go, but I have this “reservations” because of my belief that “everyone can be perfect online.” I mean people can pretend and fake who they really are.

    Good thing, I have a boyfriend and would just like to try this for experience and get the feel of it. LOL

  6. Gabrielle Williams

    I have a lot of friends who met people on dating sites and they had a lot of success. I think it becomes more of a pick and choose and you are able to “order” the perfect mate rather than play a guessing game in the bar scene.

  7. Nadia Lancy

    PS I'm not conservative or a church goer (I'm Jewish). Your article while informative, was rather narrow.

  8. Nadia Lancy

    So the only option for women in their 40s is eharmony? Tried it and hated it. is the best site I've used.

  9. Online dating can be challenging, but knowing what each website is about helps a ton. I think its great how some dating sites allow you to customize what kind of relationship you want, because not everyone is looking for the same love experience.

  10. Jen Spillane

    Nice recap of the major dating sites! I definitely recommend reading this for those who are curious but don't know where to start.

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