The web has proven a rich hunting ground for the romantically inclined; whatever your type, and whether you’re looking for a fling or a long-term relationship, there’s a site out there that’s right for you. PC Advisor readers recommended 10 of the finest and most reputable dating websites.
Recommended by: Rebecca
Supposedly thought up by often-pregnant TV property guru Sarah Beeny, MySingleFriend works on two principles: many people find it painful to sing their own praises, and everyone loves matchmaking. Accordingly, you get one of your friends to fill in your description, saving you the embarrassment of self-promotion, and giving the chum the chance to enjoy the satisfaction of a match well made (if it works out).
“One of my friends met her now fiancé on MySingleFriend, so I think she would recommend it!” observes Rebecca.
Recommended by: LindaB
This site makes much of its scientific credentials, claiming its questionnaires about beliefs and values ensure a high level of compatibility between matched partners.
“Whatever algorithm they’re using, it seems to work pretty well,” writes LindaB. “And there’s something reassuringly old-fashioned about the way that, instead of simply getting people to look at each other’s photos, it tries to match people based on their personalities.”
Recommended by: Scarface
“True story,” insists Scarface. “A friend of a friend met an art dealer on the website SugarDaddie.com, and now she’s pregnant. Does that qualify as a recommendation?”
Well, possibly. We won’t pretend we’re comfortable with the concept of this site – which brings together older gentlemen who have cash with younger ladies who don’t – and some will find the whole thing depressing. But this sort of thing is quite popular, apparently, so who are we to judge?
Recommended by: Buttons McGrath
“Charles Darwin was a genius, but unfortunately very ugly,” reads this site’s About Us page. “It is ironic that he wouldn’t be able to join Darwin Dating.”
The service – which Buttons McGrath calls “shallow, despicably cruel, tongue-in-cheek and more honest than any other dating website” – forces prospective members to undergo the humiliation of an initial rating process; if existing members don’t think you cut it aesthetically, you can’t join in. This process of ‘natural selection’ means the average user is a beautiful, bullying narcissist.
Recommended by: S Taylor
“PlentyOfFish is a bit rough and ready, but the fact that it’s free sets the site apart from the competition,” writes S Taylor. “I also think the photo-rating aspect is quite fun, provided your feelings aren’t easily hurt…”
With several million users, PlentyOfFish offers plenty of choice; however, the lack of payment means there are probably a higher proportion of time-wasters than on other sites. Joining the paid-for ‘Serious’ section may help filter these out.