Internet dating service rankings
As in, how much do you want to pay to make your heart go pitter-patter?
Some apps, like Plenty of Fish, let you view profiles and send messages for free.
From the hyper-specific—Farmers Only, JDate, 3Fun—to the ones we review here that cast a wider net, what do you need to know to find the love of your life…or just your love for the night?
The first thing you need to decide is how committed you are.
More than half, or 53 percent, of single people have created a dating profile, according to Match's recent Singles in America study, which polled over 5,000 single men and women in December.
"There is a different level of exposure to disappointment and that's captured in the poor overall scores."Once considered taboo, online dating is now a socially accepted and booming multibillion dollar business that continues to grow.
If you're not ready to express your feelings in words, Bumble lets you send Bumble Coins to prospective matches, for a pop.
Zoosk offers the slightly creepy option of giving Coins to other users to express your interest (for an additional fee, of course).
Others, like Ok Cupid, have robust profiles that let you dive deep into a user's personality (or at least the one he or she has decided to present to you), before you decide to go on the pursuit.
Now that you've perused the dating pool and have your eyes on that special someone, it's time to bite the bullet and actually reach out to him or her.