You can connect with Facebook so getting started is much quicker than with other sites. A one step Facebook log-in process leads on to a few simple questions the most obvious — height, kids, whether you drink or smoke , a description and a photo — then you are in. You can browse a selection of pictures and ages before logging in, anything more specific requires you to become a member. Members can search by interest, location or age. To use the site fully — sending unlimited messages to other members — payment is required.
As with many free or low-cost sites, ads can be frequent and feel spammy. However, perhaps controversially, arguably this is more of a pro than a con — as the saying goes, opposites attract! But too many filters and rigid check-boxes can have you dismiss huge numbers of people at once — something that apps like Bumble, Happn and Tinder tried to do away with though that brings its own set of issues.
One 5ft 10in friend reports she saw only potential men to browse when she logged in to Match. When she reduced her height to 5ft 9in, that rocketed to almost 2, A full 1, men would have unknowingly discounted this amazing person because of 2. It seems unavoidable that if we have filters and tick-boxes for features and likes or dislikes, we could be cutting off literally thousands of potential suitors because of something we might have thought minor or irrelevant if we met in the flesh. Yet many friends of mine who had previously ruled out anyone with children on a dating site are now happily dating or married to single parents they met in real life.
With judgemental tick-boxes they would have filtered out the very person they are in love with now. But the moment they spoke in real life, they were hooked. The moral of this story is: Be open minded, people! Plenty of Fish Pros: Quick to join, lots of interactions, constant flow of fresh members. Which sounds like a hella challenge… Cons: So large it can be time-consuming to keep on top of communications and filter through the members, though Match.
Anecdotally, users can be spammed by unwanted messages and inappropriate pictures. Easy to link up with Facebook. Verified photos and accounts keep catfishing or phony accounts to a minimum. Straightforward dating site for those into fitness, healthy living or outdoor pursuits to meet likeminded people. Encourages daters to meet doing the activity they love rather than across a table in a cafe. Our tester found the calibre of people to be high with low risk of dick pics or those just after sex.
Download for iOS , Android or Windows Phone 5. You got 4 matches today! Extra dedicated users can spend money and even exchange messages with a match-maker too. It made a nice change to have lots of information about people including little quirky details. The app claims to learn your tastes too, although it seems rare to start conversations. Download for iOS 7. Free Like most apps, signing in with Facebook makes it very easy and quick to set up a profile. The unique thing about Huggle is that you pick initially five of your favourite places — be they shops, restaurants or parks — and then find people who go there too.
However, if your potential suitors have previously checked-in on Facebook to the same places as you, that will appear on their profiles. When signing up, you have to verify your profile in one of various ways, for example by sending a selfie mimicking a certain pose, which hopefully limits scammers too. Download for iOS , Android or Windows Phone The Verdict: Follow IndyBest on Twitter and Pinterest More about: