Looking For Love Online

by Alexandra Pauline – February 13, 2012

The Cost of Dating in Cyberspace

Love is in the air, and online dating is no longer taboo – in fact, it’s the norm!  This once shunned route to finding love now serves 30% of internet users worldwide, according to the New York Daily News.

Given the current state of the economy, not everyone can afford to join a paid online dating service.  But fear not – there are plenty of free ones out there too!  Whether you’re looking for a night on the town or a long term relationship, Fab & Fru has laid out the pros, cons and prices of some of the most popular dating sites to help guide you down the path to love!

Perfect Harmony

One of the top rated sites for meeting your mate is eharmony.com.  The website, which sells it’s self as the #1 place to “Meet singles prescreened for compatibility instead of just browsing personals” costs $44.95 a month for their basic three month subscription, $33.95 per month for six months and $23.95 for twelve months.  To join, you fill out a questionnaire from which they determine your best matches based on “29 key dimensions” (I didn’t even know I had that many dimensions, to be honest) and they send you only the best matches to peruse, thereby doing a lot of the work for you.

Religion and Romance

If you are looking for someone who shares your religious views, niche sites have become all the rage!  The popular Jewish dating site JDate costs $39.99 a month for their month to month package, $33.33 a month for 3 months and $24.99 a month if you opt for their 6 month package!

And if you’re looking for a guy you can take to church you might want to give Christianmingle.com a try – they are one of the least expensive paid dating sites at only $13.99 a month for their basic package!

Meet Your Match 

Top ranked paid dating site Match.com will cost you $35.99 per month for their one month plan, $19.99 per month for their standard 3 month plan, and $17.99 per month for their standard, and $19.99 for their premium 6 month plan – which offers email notifications and a highlighted profile.  Not only that, they also offer a deal to help lower the cost of love!  If you sign up for a six-month pre-paid membership, be it standard or premium, you also receive their “Make Love Happen Guarentee,” which boasts that if you don’t find a partner within 6 months, the next 6 months of your membership is free!

Low-Cost Cupid

OkCupid.com stacks up as the number 1 free dating website with 1.2 million visitors in December 2011 alone! In fact, they bill themselves as the “Best Dating Site on EARTH”.  That’s quite a claim.  And if you are willing to pay $9.95 a month, you get the right to search the site anonymously – in fact if you join now you can take advantage of their $4.95 “anonymous” promotion!  Filled with games, quizzes and their new iPhone app, OkCupid is known as the new age daters playground!

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