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"If you're looking for a serious relationship, my advice is spend the money for a paid membership," Masini says.
"It shows commitment." But if you're looking for a casual, but active dating life without any of the cost of other dating sites, give Ok Cupid a try.
Like many dating sites, Zoosk offers free browsing and message services.
However, it does not let you respond to other members until you pay for a membership, then you can wink and chat your heart out.
Unlike the more formulaic dating sites, encourages users to spend their twenties dating as many people as possible to find what they like in a partner. Without paying for a membership, you can create a profile, receive match suggestions, search for potential matches and send "winks" to people.
Unfortunately, without a full membership you can't respond to or block other users, use the chat function or see who has viewed your profile.
The site doesn't tell you who has paid and who hasn't. Best for Finding Specific Traits: Niche Sites A large dating site may not be the way to go if you have something specific you're looking for, especially if you're not willing to compromise on that thing. Maybe you're just a dedicated bookworm looking for a kindred spirit. Dating on niche sites gives you a common ground to start on.
Masini recommends niche sites to people who want to be with someone with a particular lifestyle because it will save time and will match you with singles with similar values. If you're not sure what to talk about on the first date, you can always fall back on the topic that brought you together.
"Brainiac sites like Ok Cupid, which tend toward math-based equations to find you romance, are good choices for people who think they fall outside the norm to some degree and want a geek who might get lost in the cracks of a bigger site," Masini says.
Ok Cupid isn't the best choice for people who are looking to get into a long-term relationship; the vast majority of users are under 30 and not necessarily looking for anything serious.
Best for Taking Dating on the Go: Zoosk Zoosk claims to be the number one dating app on smart phones, and for a good reason.