Does a dating site work?

Who, in a period of celibacy, has never been tempted to register on an online dating platform to finally find love? Because the days when Meetic was the only site or almost to offer online dating are a long way off, and now the offer is sufficiently developed to encourage us to try our luck. But several questions remain: which dating site to choose? How to make a choice? And above all, does it work?

Does a dating site work?

Some people assume it completely, others prefer to invent a more romantic story, but whatever, the facts are there: more and more couples are meeting online, via sites or applications. And no, it’s not necessarily about one-night stands. A 2016 Pew Research Center survey revealed that 12% of Americans who are married or in a serious relationship have met their other half on a dating site. You may think that’s not a lot, but it still represents 3.8 million people in the United States alone. Finding love on the Internet therefore seems quite possibleโ€ฆ provided you choose the right site.

Free or paid?

Moreover, it is normal to want to go to a free site, so as not to risk “losing” money if the relationship does not work, or worse, if you do not meet anyone. However, we prefer to inform you that free often leads to less demanding moderation, and it is therefore possible to come across fake profiles. Also, you will probably need to open the wallet to enjoy some very useful, but paid features.

Our list of the best dating sites

All Box has compiled a list of the best dating sites for you, with all the details to allow you to make an informed choice and not get started by chance. Let’s go!

1. Meetic: the reference dating site

Meetic: the reference dating site in France

We start with the heavyweight of dating sites, the one with which everything started in France, or almost: Meetic. The platform launched in 2001 boasts of having helped more than 8 million couples to meet. It of course offers to select profiles in order to discuss with them, but also events for singles throughout France.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Meetic for?

For people looking for a safe bet, a seasoned platform with good moderation.

โค๏ธ What we love about Meetic

Its “reassuring” side thanks to its many years of existence, its events for relaxed and hassle-free meetings, the “gentlemen” badges to mark really serious profiles.

๐Ÿค” What we like less

The very large number of profiles, which can be an advantage in terms of diversity, but which can also “drown” our own profile in the mass.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Meetic cost?

It is possible to use most features of Meetic for free, but to use all features, you must subscribe to a subscription. Prices vary according to several criteria.

2. Attractive World: the dating site that selects its members

Attractive World: dating people of high social status

With Attractive World too, the idea is to make serious encounters with people of high social status. The site only offers โ€œhigh-endโ€ profiles, and not everyone is accepted! Your profile is indeed submitted to other members in order to know if you meet the criteria of the site.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Attractive World for?

This dating site is clearly intended for graduates with a high social status. Only 30% of submitted profiles would be accepted by the community!

โค๏ธ What we love about Attractive World
The seriousness of the profiles, the events created by and for the singles community.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The very “select” side which can tend to snobbery, the high prices.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Attractive World cost?
The subscriptions offered range from 1 month to 1 year and start at โ‚ฌ59.90 per month. Count โ‚ฌ23.90 per month for the 1-year subscription.

3. SayTomorrow: for the over 50s

Let’s say tomorrow: a dating site for the over 50s

DisonsDemain is a dating site dedicated to seniors. Because meeting new people can be difficult after a certain age, and life doesn’t stop when you retire, DisonsDemain only offers profiles over 50 years old. You can then view profiles that match your criteria and expectations.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is DisonsDemain for?
For people over 50.

โค๏ธ What we like about DisonsDemain
The seriousness of the profiles, the ease of use of the site and the events offered.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The lack of originality of the features.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does SayTomorrow cost?

It is possible to use most of the features of DisonsDemain for free, but to use all the features, you must subscribe to a subscription. Prices vary according to several criteria.


4. eDarling: the algorithm at your service

With eDarling, you will have to rely on algorithms! When you register, you are indeed asked to complete a personality test which will be used to establish your profile and present you with profiles of singles who match you in your area. Thus, no bad surprises at the time of the appointment!


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is eDarling for?

For people who feel a little lost in the face of thousands of profiles and who prefer to be accompanied in their search for a loved one.

โค๏ธ What we love about eDarling

The quality of the profiles, the very effective compatibility algorithms developed in partnership with psychologists.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The lack of spontaneity since we do not have access to all the profiles, the delays which can be a little longer to meet, the very high prices.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does eDarling cost?

It is possible to register for free on eDarling, but also to subscribe to a Premium subscription which notably allows you to receive unlimited messages and to have access to all the photos, among other things. Prices range from โ‚ฌ119 for one month to โ‚ฌ29.90 per month for a one-year subscription.


5. EliteRencontre: for ambitious people in love

Elite dating: for ambitious people

EliteRencontre is a site for demanding singles in love. Its goal is to only offer you profiles that match your criteria through a personality test. The idea is to meet people with desires and a social background similar to yours.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is EliteRencontre for?
EliteRencontre is ideal for ambitious people in love, who want to meet someone from their environment, generally rather wealthy.

โค๏ธ What we love about EliteRencontre
The very advanced personality test, the possibility of discovering other profiles than those offered with the โ€œIt’s up to youโ€ option, the quality of the profiles.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The somewhat “between-ones” aspect that lacks spontaneity and open-mindedness, the prices a bit high.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does EliteRencontre cost?

It is possible to use EliteRencontre for free, but again, the possibilities are very limited. To unlock the functionalities of the site, you will have to take out the subscription by choosing from three formulas, from 3 to 12 months and from 117โ‚ฌ to 192โ‚ฌ.


6. Le Beguin: the free dating site

Le Beguin is a completely free dating site.

Created in May 2014, Le Beguin is a completely free dating site. No registration or user fees for the program. You access the profiles following your registration, and you simply engage in conversation with those you like.

๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Le Beguin for?
For people who don’t necessarily have the means to spend a lot of money to meet a soul mate.

โค๏ธ What we love about Le Beguin
Ease of use, free and the absence of hidden costs.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
This site being free, it is of course not at the level of paying sites in terms of services. And unfortunately, fake profiles are much more common on these kinds of platforms.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Le Beguin cost?
the website is entirely free.


7. women choose men
Adopt as a guy overturns the way dating sites work, it’s up to women to choose.

You have no doubt heard of the site, which made a lot of noise when it was created in 2007. Its principle is simple: to attract more women, who are often less well represented on dating sites than men. Here, only women can send a first message to men they like and start the conversation. A good way to avoid dubious profiles!


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is for? is aimed at people who want a serious relationship as well as those who prefer one-night stands. The profiles are relatively young compared to other sites.

โค๏ธ What we like about
The offbeat tone, the power given to women which limits the risk of online harassment, the detailed profiles.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
Potential misunderstandings between people looking for different relationships, the fact that the number of messages per day is limited.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does cost? is completely free for women. Men must pay a 1, 3 or 6 month subscription ranging from โ‚ฌ29.90 to โ‚ฌ119.

Register on Adopteunmec

8. Badoo: a social dating network

Badoo looks more like a social network than a dating site

Badoo is more of a social network than a dating site strictly speaking, but it is indeed intended to meet people, whether they are romantic or friendly. You can select profiles near you, but also around the world, because Badoo is international.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Badoo for?

Badoo is a dating social network more aimed at young people. However, it is possible to choose whether you want to make friendly or more romantic encounters.

โค๏ธ What we love about Badoo
The international aspect which can make it possible to make beautiful encounters, the very large number of registered

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The difficulty in distinguishing oneself with one’s profile among the number of members, the many paying options.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Badoo cost?
Badoo is free to register, but it is often necessary to pay for certain options if you want to stand out and be noticed by others. The site therefore works with a system of credits to spend.

Register on Badoo

9. Tinder: swipe profiles

Tinder: a popular dating app

Another heavyweight in online dating, Tinder has won over thousands and thousands of singles around the world. The concept is simple: you register by entering some information and putting a photo of yourself (preferably recent), and off you go. A photo of someone near you appears, and you have to swipe, or swipe right if you like the profile, or left if not. If that person also swipes you to the right, it’s a match, and you can then chat.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Tinder for?
Again, with an average age of 28, Tinder is aimed more at young people, even the very young.

โค๏ธ What we like about Tinder
The concept of the “swipe” which makes the experience fun, the number of members.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The number of false profiles, the fact that we cannot indicate from the beginning the type of relationship we are looking for.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Tinder cost?
Tinder is free, but like Badoo, there are several paid options that make the experience much more enjoyable.


10. Happn: Find out who you meet

Happn is a mobile application that allows you to meet people in the same geographical area as you (hence its slogan “Find who you meet”). You can even see the places frequented by the different profiles, in order to find out more about their tastes, and you receive a notification when you come across another Happn profile.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Happn for?
Dating applications being more favored by young people, this is again Happn’s main target.

โค๏ธ What we love about Happn
The many well thought-out functions, the fact of seeing profiles that are really nearby.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
Geolocation which is a real obstacle when you do not live in a densely populated area, the possible lack of confidentiality.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Happn cost?
Happn is a free application where you can buy options, such as the ability to hide your geolocation at certain times.

Register on Happn

11. Bumble: Tinder in a feminist version

Considered a kind of Tinder in a feminist version, Bumble is a mobile application that is based on the same principle: liking profiles that scroll in front of you. The difference is this: only women can start the conversation if there is a match. But beware, she only has 24 hours to do soโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Bumble for?
The application format is once again more aimed at younger singles.

โค๏ธ What we love about Bumble
The measures taken to avoid online harassment, the possibility of romantic, friendly or professional encounters.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The time limit which may be short, the low number of users at the moment.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Bumble cost?
Bumble is a free application where it is possible to buy paid options.

Join Bumble

12. Once: only one profile per day

Once is a dating app that positions itself a little differently compared to other apps. Where you are pushed to have the maximum number of exchanges, Once on the contrary selects only one profile for you per day. You will thus take the time to study his profile in detail before accepting or not to initiate the conversation.


๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Once for?
Once is an application rather intended for people who are looking for a serious relationship.

โค๏ธ What we love about Once
The less “chain” side than the other applications, the more serious bias.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The risk of only having profiles that we don’t like and having to wait 24 hours each time.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Once cost?
Once is a completely free app.

Register on Once

13. OkCupid: quizzes of all kinds

With OkCupid, you have to like answering questionnaires and quizzes of all kinds. It is indeed according to your answers that you will be put in relation with other profiles which correspond to you. In short, you are not just a photo, far from it.

๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is OkCupid for?
This application is rather reserved for people who want to be able to really exchange with the different profiles on a whole bunch of themes and questions.

โค๏ธ What we love about OkCupid
The often interesting and original questions, the 20 sexual orientations and gender identities proposed.

๐Ÿค” What we like less
The tedious aspect if you don’t want to answer a whole bunch of questions.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does OkCupid cost?
OkCupid is completely free.

Join OkCupid

14. Fruitz: indicate what you are looking for

With its fun interface, Fruitz works somewhat on the same โ€œmatchโ€ principle as Tinder. The difference is that you can clearly tell other users what you are looking for: serious relationship, friendship, without feelings or just for a night.

๐Ÿ’‘๐Ÿผ Who is Fruitz for?
This application is mainly intended for a very young population.

โค๏ธ What we love about Fruitz
The pleasant and playful design, the rewards system.


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๐Ÿค” What we like less
The low number of members, the fact of having to pay to discover the intentions of other profiles.

๐Ÿ’ถ How much does Fruitz cost?
Fruitz is a free application, but there are subscriptions to unlock certain features, ranging from 10.99โ‚ฌ to 47.99โ‚ฌ.

Subscribe to Fruitz

Which dating site to choose?
Now that you know the main players in online dating, you may be wondering which one to choose. It is indeed a tricky choice, especially when it comes to shelling out money to be able to access the profiles. The important thing is to follow your instincts, but also our indications. For example, if you’re 40, maybe avoid Fruitz-like apps. Sites like Meetic or eDarling may be more relevant to your age group. And also be sure to select more serious sites if you are looking for a long-term relationship, in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

In summary, there is not necessarily a site that corresponds to you 100%, so do not hesitate to test several platforms to get an idea.

How to describe yourself on a dating site?
This is often the dreaded moment when you register on a dating site: the description. For some, it’s child’s play, for others, hell. Our advice: keep it simple and effective. We avoid philosophical quotes, especially if we don’t add anything else, we don’t write a novel with all its criteria on the perfect man or woman and we try to go a little further than write: “Hi, I’m Machin “.

Quickly describe yourself physically, list the things you like to do, don’t hesitate to joke a little about your presence on a dating site to play it down. Don’t undervalue yourself or oversell yourself. And of course, do not hesitate to specify the type of relationship you are looking for if the functions of the site or app do not allow it.

How to approach a woman on a dating site?
As we have said, women are often much less numerous than men on dating sites, which means that you have to know how to stand out to have a chance of finding a soul mate. And your first message is very important. Of course, we avoid all vulgarities or inappropriate comments on the physique. Also give up the very simple “Hi, how are you?” ยป, Which does not necessarily make you want to push the conversation further. Try to find a formula that is both personalized and humorous, but without being fancy, be careful! Show him that you have studied his profile and not just his photos. And as long as you do, take good care of your spelling, it never hurts!


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How do you know if someone is on a dating site?
We prefer to warn you, you will not be able to scour all the dating sites to find a person who interests you. We advise you to start registering on free applications, and to favor those which offer geolocation or geographical targeting, this will already allow you to reduce your search field. Some sites also offer a search function by name, do not hesitate to inquire beforehand.

You now have all the information to calmly start looking for love online. Good luck to you!

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