Dating for free…that’s for me…
And then there are the free online dating services. You put up a profile, you peruse their profiles, all for less than the price of… well, anything.
Plenty of Fish Pros
- It’s simple. You can create your profile, set your search criteria, and set off on your computer quest for Mr./Mrs. Right in less than the time it takes to go on a first date!
Plenty of Fish Cons
- We all know hi-definition is in these days, unless you’re an image on this site. The only thing fuzzier than their images is your head after a long night of online profile surfing.
- It makes online dating fun. You can play “quickmatch” in which you rate potential matches based on an abridged version of their profile and their pictures, and if there’s a mutually high rating, you get notified of the reciprocal interest. There are quizzes to take and personality profiles to complete. You can even answer multiple-choice questions and make your answers public so that you can review your potential match’s answers for compatibility. (The range of questions runs the gamut from your views on recreational drug use, your philosophies on monogamy and political leanings, to your religious viewpoints. Sample question: “Should evolution and creationism be taught side-by-side in public schools?”)
- The pictures are not only clear, they’re practically life-size. No first-date surprises. You know exactly how your date will look (unless the pictures he or she posted are from the early nineties).
- It initially seemed a bit complicated to set up my profile and figure out how to search for matches. It has the look and feel of a social networking site rather than a traditional online dating site with regards to both its format and content (you can post journals, other people can comment on them, that sort of thing). So if simplicity is your thing…..well, then, you should probably forgo online dating altogether.
As you can tell, I personally prefer OkCupid as my free online dating service of choice. On Plenty of Fish, there seemed to be an overabundance of DOGs (desperate old guys) from the over-50 crowd dropping their fishing canes into the water thinking that women in their 20s would bite. I haven’t yet experienced that on OkCupid. Plus on OkCupid I’ve also met more quality men who pique my interest.
Keeping in mind, that both sites are free so you lose nothing by signing up on both sites. Then you can figure out for yourself which site is a better fit for your dating lifestyle.
Disclaimer: Free online dating services come with a price, after all. One does not have to be gainfully employed, approved for a credit card, or even in the same country to masquerade as your next perfect match. My male friends in particular have narrowly escaped being victims of scams involving people from other countries (escape is thanks to the voice of reason-me-saying “There’s no way a woman that hot would be emailing you”). Use your common sense when going for totally free dating!