Around one in four relationships start online now, and among the millennial generation, the number is likely to be even higher.But as our smartphones become increasingly powerful, fewer of us are dating from behind our desktops, rather turning to the digital devices in our pockets.More » Zoosk hosts an estimated 11.5 million unique users a month, and it's easy to see why: the sign-up is quick and easy, there's little to no profile writing needed, and the search features prominently display photos.Having said that, I've found a larger-than-average number of folks looking only for something casual here (likely due to the lack of time investment needed to join), and I've yet to hear of any successful relationships come out of the site (where readers tell me they've met The One, or something equally special, on the site).I know several people who've met spouses or long-term loves through online dating, and that's rad. There are a few online dating sites that are just really, really f*cking terrible places to find love, romance, sex or just a decent human being.If you're looking for a relationship that won't end in heartbreak, murder, or just a whole lot of therapy that you probably wouldn't need otherwise, make sure you do everything in your power to avoid the following online dating sites.
Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks.
Members only see intersection of what they are looking for and what other members are looking for. Free messaging and status posting for undergraduates (5 messages/day limit).
All Paid users can message and post and they also have added benefits.
While owner Markus Frind has wiped the site of folks only looking for casual dating or an age-gap relationship, I've found this has only increased the incidence of folks lying about their age or intentions.
Still, it's a great site to get your feet wet in the online dating world, just to see what's out there and how the process works.