With temperatures dropping, snuggle season in full swing, and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many people decide this is the time to get online and try to find love! Online dating services and apps are now one of the top ways consumers look for love and there are more options than you would think.
Choosing the right online dating service can be very difficult. There are now dating services for specific religious beliefs, occupations, and sexual orientations so how do you choose the right one? If you plan to try an online dating service, read on!
Determine What You Are Looking For. Before you start looking for a dating service, it's important to decide what you are looking for in a relationship. Whether you are looking for casual companionship or a relationship that will potentially lead to marriage may affect which dating service you choose.
Determine Who You Are Looking For. Know what's important to you in a potential match and what qualities you are looking for in a partner. Ask yourself how important it is that a date lives locally. Make a list of priorities to help narrow down your search since dating services are designed to meet specific factors.
Do Your Research. Talk to friends and family members for recommendations of reputable dating services in your area. See if any friends have used or know of anyone who used a dating service and found someone they were compatible with. Check the company’s website to become familiar with the business/service. See if the company has a satisfaction guaranteed policy and understand the details of the policy.
Compare Pricing/Services. Decide on a monthly budget you are willing to spend for a dating service. Compare prices and what’s included in the membership to find the best value for your money. Many sites offer a free trial to test out their services before purchasing. Although there are free dating sites, spending a little extra money can be worth the cost for the added benefits of a premium service.
Be Cautious. When meeting a date, be sure to do so in a public place and that someone knows where you are and who you are meeting. Although most people join dating sites with the intention of finding a relationship, some are using love to scam other users. Be wary of people who insist on leaving the dating site and using personal email, profess their love immediately, say they live in the U.S. but are currently overseas, or cancel a date because of a traumatic event. Scammers may ask you to wire money for travel, medical emergencies, hotel, hospital expenses, visas and other documents.
Read more about how to spot "spam" dating profiles here.
Remember you can always search www.BBB.org for reviews on dating services.