There is an argument to be made, though, that if you do find a match on an online dating site, that match is more likely to commit to meet if they have paid a fee for the service.A study published last year tests this theory in an online dating simulation where a participant "pays" a fee to search online for potential dates after answering a series of questions describing their perfect mate.For example, some sites charge relatively high fees in an attempt to create an aura of exclusivity.
Unlike free sites, with pay sites you don’t have the headache of endless advertising messages screaming in your face.
To emphasize that last point, consider how easy it is to be an Internet-dating fraud; so the more hurdles to entry there are, the safer a site is likely to be. A site that keeps everyone out is completely free of fraud but also of available dates!
The most effective way to find balance is to combine fees and other barriers to entry.
The top performers in our review are Match, the Gold Award winner; Spark, the Silver Award winner; and Ok Cupid, the Bronze Award winner.
Here's more on choosing a dating site to meet your needs, along with detail on how we arrived at our ranking of 10 dating services.