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How to Choose the Right Online Dating Site

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Yesterday, millions of people began their search for love online. If you were one of them, how do you know if you chose the best dating site for you? Dating Coach, Alexis Meads, stopped by to tell us more about the options -- because each site has differences in the usability and who they target:

There’s no shame in using more than one dating app at a time, but if you find that you’re getting overwhelmed, most will let you delete or deactivate your profile. And if you’re easily overwhelmed, one of the best dating sites for that is Coffee Meets Bagel which has a slower approach. Every day at noon, guys receive up to 21 matches they can either like or pass on. Then the app curates the optimal matches for women based on the men who showed interest. This way women get to choose who actually gets the chance to talk to them.

Some of the “oldies but goodies” include OK Cupid, Match, and Zoosk. These have been around for a while and while they aren’t quite as fresh or trendy as the newer dating apps, they’re still popular choices. They also allow you to write longer profiles.

If you’re bisexual or homosexual, OK Cupid is a great site as they offer multiple options for gender identity and sexual orientation. There’s also a site called Her for lesbian and bisexual women.

For those under 30, Tinder and Bumble are the most popular. Tinder has evolved from being known as just a hook-up app, and Bumble puts the ball in a woman’s court by exclusively giving them the chance to message a match first. However, on both of these swipe-based sites, you have to be OK with being judged primarily on your photos with little room for a written profile.

For singles over 50, which is a growing percentage of singles, Match.com and Elite Singles are two of the best options. Match.com has the largest base of "over 50" users of any dating site. Elite Singles is also a great option (particularly if education is important to you) as over 80% of its users hold a bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or other higher education degree.