The rest were either impersonal, spammy, a neg, and/or downright obscene.Chances are, if you’re serious about finding someone online, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on dating sites.But ultimately, it fell short of the top spot because the quality just wasn’t there.
(Emphasis on “supposed to.” Boosting fell totally flat in our tests.) While the -per-month price tag is already cheap compared to most paid dating sites, you can get that number down as low as per month by agreeing to pay for several months of service at once — but we think its free version is more than enough for the average dater.The aptly named Plenty of Fish has over 5.5 million unique visitors each month, and during our two weeks of testing, we received more profile views and messages on POF than on any other site.But if you’re interested in a long-term relationship, Match is worth checking out.According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, Match had the most long-term relationships of all the dating sites surveyed.A-List subscribers get read receipts, incognito mode, and a larger inbox.
There’s also a boost feature, which is supposed to ensure your profile gets seen by more users.You’ll want to adjust the amount of notifications you receive unless you enjoy a nonstop live stream of what’s happening with your dating profile. According to one study, it’s responsible for 5.7 percent of online-dating marriages.In addition to a standard search function, POF offers personality and compatibility tests to help you home in on those users that are most in line with what you’re looking for.Profile questions were left blank and a lot of the messages we received were generic “hey’s” that made it hard to tell if we were talking to a real person or a spambot.Of the 114 messages we received, only five were from legitimate, interested users — 4 percent to OKCupid’s 12 percent.A great matching algorithm doesn’t mean much, though, if it doesn’t translate into conversations and dates.