This week marks the biggest online dating week of the year (combined with the biggest divorce week of the year).
Whether it’s a failed relationship or the urge for a new beginning that has propelled you into the dating wilderness, online dating almost certainly has someone waiting for you. Match group now owns Tinder, Plenty Of Fish, Ok Cupid and, of course, Match, making it the biggest player in the online and app dating industry.
There are no compatibility filters, so once you’ve filtered by the basics, there’s no way of narrowing it down.
However, perhaps controversially, arguably this is more of a pro than a con – as the saying goes, opposites attract!
Too many members with no filter can result in either hours of swiping to find someone you fancy, or hundreds of messages in your inbox that you’ll never have time to read.
Here’s a guide to the sites to check out – feel free to leave your own recommendations in the comments below – and let us know if you met your life partner online or on an app and if so, which one. Has both desktop and mobile site and an app, plus paid-for and free singles events. It’s quite difficult to get any information on the price to use match.com’s full service.
Pitches itself as the site to go to for ‘serious, lasting relationships’ and marriage – which may well be refreshing to some in the current dating climate.
Psychologists and dating experts guide you through each step of the process – including messaging, which is somewhat structured and scripted – and there’s an anonomisation function for calling.
You can browse a selection of pictures and ages before logging in, anything more specific requires you to become a member. As with many free or low-cost sites, ads can be frequent and feel spammy.Some find this a barrier to join, fans say it weeds out the casual chancer from those truly looking for love – and means you don’t have to wait to broach tricky topics.Pricier – it’s £44.95 for a month, but that drops to £12.95 per month if you sign up for a year. A safe space for anyone aged 11 to 25 to look for support on a problem you might be facing, or flex your listening skills to help others.Share what's on your mind with a group in support chat or join a general chat to hang out and have fun. Before joining a room, make sure to take a look at our chat guidelines.