OkCupid.com is an online dating site with much to offer its users, including an easy sign up process, and the ability to increase your likelihood of finding compatible matches by answering more questions about yourself at your own pace. OkCupid offers instant connections to users, and it is incredibly easy to interact with the people you meet online. However, this can also be a downside, as the user can become overwhelmed with messages from people who aren’t compatible matches whatsoever, and, any user can message any other user without meeting a minimum compatibility requirement. You can even sort your matches by Enemy %!
OkCupid's alternatives address its main drawbacks. eHarmony and Match.com require a more thorough screening process for users, so you only interact with compatible users. Meanwhile, Tinder allows you to connect instantly with users with no need to answer questions, and Bumble requires women to message first.
Here is a list of the six best dating sites and apps like OkCupid, and what they have to offer.
In terms of websites like OkCupid, eHarmony is one of its most established competitors. eHarmony is an online dating website that was founded on the basis that characteristics can predict compatibility, and lead to a longer lasting and more meaningful relationship. That’s why on eHarmony, you have to fill out a long and detailed questionnaire (almost 300 questions) prior to seeing your matches. In some cases, a user can even be rejected from using the service! However, this means that any person you are matched with will be, in theory, a great match for you, so there is no need to sift through countless strangers – eHarmony does that for you!
Match.com is one of eHarmony’s biggest competitors, as it has one of the largest pools of potential matches to draw from. Match.com also does background checks on its users, so you are less likely to have a dangerous or unsavoury experience with a user. Match.com also offers a 6-month guarantee, where if you do not find your special someone in that time, you can continue using match.com for an additional 6 months for free! Match.com also offers a service called “Stir,” which helps you to find fun activities and places to meet other singles in your area.
Zoosk is an online dating site that learns your dating habits, and finds better matches the more you use it. With Zoosk, you can start searching by your preferences immediately, or use the “SmartPick” function to let Zoosk find your matches for you. You can also try the “Carousel” to simply say “Yes” or “No” to the photos of up to 100 possible matches and see who likes you back. Like OkCupid, Zoosk allows you to easily communicate with other users – you can even send them virtual gifts if you have purchased Zoosk coins. Though Zoosk is free to sign up for and free to use, many functions of Zoosk require payment.
Tinder is one of the free apps like OkCupid that removes a lot of the overwhelming aspects of the sign up process. You merely need to enter a few details about yourself and then you’re set to go! You can even sign in with Facebook, and Tinder will copy the information from your Facebook profile for you. You can add details as you like and even connect through other applications such as Instagram. Tinder shows you a list of people in your area that you might be interested in, and you either “like” or “ignore” them. If they like you back, you can start chatting with them. Tinder’s philosophy is that the best way to get to know someone is just to talk to them!
Plenty of Fish is an online dating site and app that allows users to sign up for free, and find romance through a variety of different ways. Users can search by filling out their personal information, and then indicate what they are looking for with either a basic search, an advanced search, or by username. Users can also browse by who is currently online, as Plenty of Fish claims the largest pool of daily active users at 3 million. The “Meet Me” function allows you to search for singles in your area who may be interested in fast-tracking the meeting stage of your relationship. And finally, the “Chemistry” function allows users to take on online test to better measure personality traits, and what will lead to a longer-lasting relationship with a possible match. POF offers a variety of ways to meet people, and is great for anyone entering the world of online dating.
Bumble is an online dating website and mobile app that differs from other dating services in one way: the women always have to message first! When a connection is made, the woman must respond within 24 hours or that connection is lost forever. For same-sex connections or those merely looking for friendship, either person must respond within 24 hours. Bumble also helps you find people to connect with based on preferences, and sets the stage for how conversations can begin between two people, trying to eliminate the awkwardness of speaking to a stranger online. Especially for women who are tired of being overwhelmed with messages, Bumble is a great alternative to other dating sites.
Have you used any of these OkCupid alternatives for online dating? Did you find true love, or did you get your heart broken? Are there any other online dating sites and apps similar to OkCupid that you’ve used and would like to see a TechBoomers course on? Share your story in our comments section, or on our Facebook or Twitter pages!
OkCupid is often a middle ground between the features and offers of its competitors, but if you have found a dating service to replace OkCupid, check out this article to delete your OkCupid account.
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