Whether you’re in a large city or a small town, finding a date face-to-face can be difficult and intimidating. Online personals are a convenient way to meet new people tailored to what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to try a new dating site or are dating online for the first time, here are ten great places to start:
OKC is one of the most popular dating apps. Since its launch, its userbase has grown to over 10 million across U.S., Europe, and Canada. By asking you a series of simple questions to assess your personality, the app generates a compatibility percentage between you and other OKC singles. There are currently well over 100 questions, and you can answer as many or as few as you want, whenever you want.
PlentyofFish’s biggest draws are that it has over 100 million users and it’s mostly free. POF offers several advanced features to help singles filter through potential matches, including an extensive 73 question personality test. The huge number of singles on the site really gives meaning to the phrase there’s still more fish in the sea.
(Full disclosure: The Date Mix is owned and operated by Zoosk, so we’re a little biased.) Zoosk has over 40 million singles worldwide that send over 3 million messages daily. Each day thousands of people across the globe begin their romantic journeys on Zoosk. The app also integrates with Google and Facebook to make matching even easier. Because of Zoosk’s popularity abroad, it may be the go-to site for singles traveling or living outside of the U.S., not to mention the app is available in more than 80 countries and 25 languages.
Match is the first and longest-running dating site out there. Match offers an extensive search and uses a thorough matching algorithm to pair together people who are most likely to get along. With availability in eight languages and 25 countries across five continents, if you’re looking for companionship, Match is a good bet.
Available in over 190 countries, eharmony is another one of the major legacy dating sites. The site uses an in-depth questionnaire that assesses personality, temperament, values, and a number of other criteria to match singles. Due to the intensity of the questionnaire, eharmony is better geared for long-term relationships.
Tinder is a dating app that you can link to your Facebook account or email address and create a profile within minutes of registering. The app takes a laid-back approach to meeting people and you swipe the app right or left to say yes or no to people. With 50 million people across 196 countries, Tinder is wildly popular.
OurTime is a dating app for men and women over 50 looking for love and companionship. While some other services may target the over 50 group to a small degree, OurTime is designed specifically for this audience. If you’re recently out of a long-term relationship or a divorce and are looking for something meaningful, this might be your best bet.
This site has singles across 25 countries and is 100% free for new users. EliteSingles suggests three to seven potential matches to you per day, based on your relationship preferences, education, location, and personality. EliteSingles is best for singles looking for other people similar to themselves.
Badoo is another widely used dating app with both free and paid options. When you verify your email address, this app shows a list of potential contacts and friends based on your email contact list. After completing your profile, you can begin to meet new people. The free version limits you from sending messages to more than 10 people per day, so choose wisely.
With over 45 million users, Bumble is another one of the most popular dating apps in the game. It’s similar to Tinder in its swipe right/swipe left format, but puts women in charge of taking the first step and they have to message the men first. For gay couples, there’s no messaging restriction.
Online dating is the new meet cute. If you’re not sure where to begin with all the options, pick something that fits your age range and lifestyle, and that’s easy for you to use. If any of these apps seem interesting to check out, download them, create a profile, snap a few photos, and start meeting people. You’ll have a date in no time.