“I typically recommend Match because I’ve found it gives you better quality,” says Jodi Manfredi, who writes online dating profiles professionally.
“I’ve always assumed that putting anything behind a pay wall makes it more attractive and weeds out the casual users and trolls,” agrees Joseph Lynn, a Chicago man who used e Harmony and Match as well as a few free sites.
“It's a myth that some sites are better for relationships while others are more for hookups,” says Manfredi.
“There are people of different intentions on every platform; it’s more important what your intention is.” Perhaps the key factor that determines whether you’ll like a site is not the price to join but the kind of people you find on it and how they behave and communicate.
Men using Bumble can swipe through the app and to find matches, but they can't initiate conversations.
Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe, a cofounder of Tinder who left in 2012 and filed a sexual harassment suit against the company (Wolfe later settled out of court).
Con artists are increasingly creating fake online profiles and tricking people on dating sites into handing over often large sums of money.
If you've never heard of the dating app Bumble, you've most likely heard of the concept behind it, at least: Download an app, make a profile, then swipe through photos of potential mates.
Forty-eight percent said Match, a paid site, but Plenty Of Fish (free) and e Harmony (paid) tied for second most popular, with 23 percent apiece.
But in terms of overall satisfaction, our survey found that free dating sites actually score a touch better than paid ones, probably because they're a better value.
For those who identify with a different label, or prefer not to identify their gender at all, Bumble doesn't provide that option yet.
Around 7.8 million UK adults used online dating sites in 2016, up from just 100,000 in 2000.