How to Choose the Right Online Dating Site for You
Around 15 million singles in the UK are registered for online dating right now. That’s a huge number, and depending on your perspective, it could be a good or a bad thing.
At first thought, you might think that sounds great: You’re not the only single person left in the UK despite feeling that way; such a high number means so many potential dates; and it means much better odds for finding love online, right? Well unfortunately no, not always.
Let’s take a step back and look at what that means. 15 million people spread over multiple UK dating sites is a huge number to wade through to find your Mr/Mrs Right, and let’s face it, a high percentage of those people will be just looking for meaningless hook-ups, they’ll be married people looking to have an affair, they’ll be catfish and even criminals. So where do you start and how do you protect yourself from that?
Online dating and meeting someone new should be fun and exciting, but before you dive in and start dating online, you need to do your research first and decide which site is right for you.
Free Dating Sites
The economy is struggling right now and money is tight, so you may be tempted to only look at free dating sites. Please be very careful with this and do your research. Some dating sites claim to be free but most probably aren’t. They might let you sign up for free so you can browse through profiles, but as soon as you want to connect with someone, you have to pay. Annoyingly, you’ll probably also get loads of notifications about new messages, but you can’t read them until you sign up. By then you’ve already completed your profile, found someone you’re interested in and ten people have messaged you, so you’re pretty much hooked. It’s often very difficult to cancel these memberships too. You have to go through an online process then call another country. They make it as difficult as possible so you’ll give up and they can just keep taking your money.
Now I’d like you to think about their sign-up process a little more. They let you sign up for free – and they let ANYONE sign up for free. There will be many more members on a free dating site, but how many of them are actually looking for something serious? Also, with no fees and no vetting process, convicted criminals, serial domestic abusers and sex offenders can all sign up and view your information with just a few clicks and there’s nothing to stop them. You’ve probably put photos of your kids on your profile to prove you’re family-orientated too and now anyone can be looking at them. Are you honestly comfortable with that?
In addition to this, if the site is actually free (which is doubtful as they must be making money somewhere to run the business) then that adds an additional layer of anonymity for the less honest members. No charges on a credit card statement means the ideal place for anyone looking for an affair.
Make sure you find out the following about the dating site before you do anything:
- Is the site aimed at serious relationships or random hook-ups?
- How do they vet their members?
- Who can view your personal information?
- What does the dating site do to keep you and you information safe?
- What do they actually charge for membership, messaging and ‘enhanced features’?
- How easy is it to cancel your membership?
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