Dear Lifehacker, I've decided to give online dating a try, but there are so many sites out there I can't tell which ones are worth using.
Are there any services that are more worth my time than the others? Sincerely, Plenty of Cupid Fish Tinders Dear Dating Amalgamate, The online dating world is only slightly less confusing than the regular one.
While most individual sites are straightforward in what they want to accomplish, their approaches vary pretty wildly.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you pick a dating site: None of these questions have a wrong answer and many of them overlap, but knowing your own preferences and personality can help you figure out which avenue you want to go down.
Once you've given it a bit of thought, there are a few routes you can take.
As crazy as it might sound, sometimes people like to go on dates and meet new people without hours of filling out forms and answering multiple choice questions.
If this sounds like you, apps like Tinder and How About We are probably your speed.
How About We (Android/i OS/Web): This service works on a very simple premise: dating people should involve, you know, going on dates.
To use this service, you come up with date ideas that are then shared publicly with others along with a bit of information about you.
There are very few questions to answer and you can get paired up with someone based on mutual interests without much fuss.
If you get to know people best by talking to them and sharing experiences, it's hard to get much more direct than How About We.
You can get enough information to have a conversation without feeling like you're filling out your taxes.
The obvious downside is that meeting people from the internet immediately without knowing much can potentially be dangerous.
While online dating is far more mainstream now than it used to be, it's still important to know how to stay safe.