But these aren’t the only reasons why paying for an online dating site will put you a cut above people using free sites.Here are some more good reasons why you should pay for online dating…Here are a few of our arguments to bear in mind along with the ‘grain of salt' Mr. We ran a preliminary analysis on our figures over this past year to get a breakdown in the differences between our results on free and pay sites.We would like to collect more data before we try to draw a concrete conclusion (stay tuned for a blog on this in the future) on this matter, but our early findings are still pretty interesting: • Messages sent to pay sites were Note: These figures apply to paid dating sites with free-roaming capabilities such as Match and Yahoo! not relationship sites like Chemistry and e Harmony that deliver matches to you and have a guided communication process.It stands to reason that if you've shelled out your hard-earned dollars for something, you're going to take it more seriously than if you got it for free.Free sites are perfect for playing around, people with nothing better to do can set up joke profiles to amuse themselves, or just set one up to see what the online dating rage is all about and then forget about it.For example, some sites charge relatively high fees in an attempt to create an aura of exclusivity.And some sites add other criteria, such as allowing only Ivy League graduates, plus fees to create greater selectivity.
Free sites may also work better for individuals who are separated, but not yet divorced (or separated with no immediate intention to divorce).
After all – do you really want to date someone who doesn’t feel that buying a monthly subscription (which is only the cost of a dinner out), is really worth it?
Sites like and are a great way to get started as you can set up a profile by following a few simple steps, and get to know the basic on-site services before you decide which subscription package is right for you.
So according to Christian Rudder, co-founder of OKCupid, pay sites are dead. We can all put our credit cards away and use free dating services to live happily ever after, right? We don’t have agreements with dating sites; Match and e Harmony are not paying us to spring to their defense. So hopefully our thoughts on the matter are a little more objective.
We have no vested interest; our only aim is to find the best dates possible for our clients.