Even the highest ranking site — the free Ok Cupid — received a reader score of 56, which basically translates to “meh.” (Runners up: Tinder, with a 52; Grindr, with a 52 and Plenty Of Fish, with a 50.; all are also free.) Or as the story dispassionately puts it: Respondents “gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has ever seen for services rendered — lower even than for tech-support providers.” But is that really Tinder’s fault?This article is reprinted by permission from Next Avenue.org, © 2017 Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. An online dating service is a company that provides specific mechanisms (generally websites or applications) for online dating through the use of Internet-connected personal computers or mobile devices.Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based. If there’s one thing Consumer Reports is known for, it’s being thorough. As the story notes, a sweater can’t reject you or lie about its age or show up to dinner wearing a blaze-orange hunting vest.If there’s one thing it’s not known for, it’s romance. That’s right, the nonprofit organization known for “providing unbiased product ratings and reviews since 1936” has decided to get into the love game. In other words, being a dating app is hard because dating is hard. Other numbers cited in the story are more encouraging: After all, if Consumer Reports is willing to try its luck in love, why not you?After admitting that this is “new and fairly unusual territory for us” in a recent article titled “Match Me If You Can: Comparing and rating dating apps and sites for boomers,” the ratings giant went about the meticulous work of dispassionately reporting the results of a survey of about 115,000 subscribers in meticulous detail. And a handy guide to dating lingo such as “Netflix and chill” (in case you didn’t know, it’s slang for coming over to have sex) and “Tinderella” (a “twist on Cinderella; popular with male Tinder users to describe the perfect match”) for newbies. Heidi Raschke is the living and arts editor of Next Avenue.
Most services offer digital messaging, while others provide additional services such as webcasts, online chat, telephone chat (VOIP), and message boards.
Members can constrain their interactions to the online space, or they can arrange a date to meet in person.
A great diversity of online dating services currently exists.
has carved out a reputation as the best online dating site for marriage-minded singles to find their true match, and reviewers say it's well-deserved.
The site's long, detailed compatibility test serves two important purposes: It helps users go beyond looks to find someone well matched for their personality, and it makes the site less appealing for scammers or anyone just looking for a fling.