Online Dating FAQ
This faq contains basic information about the world of online dating.
Why Choose Online Dating?
There are millions of singles looking for love online - the net makes things simpler.
Online dating offers you the freedom and time to pick and choose who you want
to date. Services exist allowing you to search thousands of singles to discover
the best matches. You can communicate anonymously and get to know the person before
actually going on a first date.
Furthermore, by entering a detailed profile, in some cases with a
voice/video greeting you stand a far better chance of finding that special someone
than you would by placing a 5 line letter in a newspaper personals.
Does it really work?
Yes, thousands of people start relationships through online dating services, with
many meeting great friends and some even getting married. Read the testimonials
on various sites.
Is online dating safe?
Yes. Use common-sense and read the tips and advice on this site and you should
understand why online dating is as safe and in many areas a safer method than
How do I date online?
You must first join a dating service. Most offer a free basic membership that
allows you to post a profile and browse other profiles. You can use searching
criteria to find closest matches and once you've found people you'd like to communicate
with, then you can use dating services anonymous email, messaging system and some
have private chatrooms to get to know them better.
How much does it cost?
Most allow a free basic membership. To initiate contact usually requires a cost,
either a monthly membership or a 'credit-based' system, where you buy a bunch
of credits that allow you to communicate freely with X amount of people. The general
price range for monthly memberships is roughly $8 - $30 depending on what additional
features the site offers. Many thankfully provide a 12-month package, usually
giving better value for money than a recurring monthly membership.
What are the best services?
For all dating services listed on this site, I've personally been a member and
reviewed them. For each service, I've spent a good deal of (ongoing) time making
sure they are worth recommending. There are a few I highly recommend and you can
compare these in the personals
Are you an expert?
No, I'm not a qualified or so-called 'relationship expert' and this is simply
my own personal guide to dating online.
I've been online since 1994 and have seen hundreds of dating sites over the years
- many I've joined and reviewed. This site is based on my own knowledge and experiences
and is a guide to online dating that I think is concise, easily understandble,
offering common sense tips and advice that I've picked up over the years from
books, magazines and other websites.
For a profession, I'm a mid-to-late 20's Postgraduate, currently
operating a series of entertainment sites (some of the most popular being AmusingQuotes,
HumorSphere and DailyPetPhoto). I'm always available by email to answer any concerns
or questions you might have.
With all reviews, be aware that information on the site may have
changed since I last reviewed it and there may be some errors present, so always
double check features and prices with the site itself, before committing to
joining. Read the disclaimer
for more information.
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