The Best Dating Sites of 2017

Easy online dating at your fingertips. Check out our comparisons, guides and tips.
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Success Stories from Around the Web

From single to couple: Online dating success stories from people who took a chance on love.

  1. Charlene & Charlie, Gray Louisiana

    "Charlie and I met on Zoosk and talked on the phone for about a month before we met in person. We’re currently living together and are very happy. We love each other very much!"

    Met on Zoosk
  2. Ashley & Connor, Kentucky

    "Zoosk really helped us meet one another. I’ve never met someone I can absolutely share everything with and be myself around and I know he feels the same."

    Met on Zoosk
  3. Rebecca & Mark

    "I never thought I would meet the love of my life at a Match event! I am so thankful and lucky I attended that night!"

    Met on Match.com
  4. Malcolm & Shirley

    "I saw Malcolm's profile in 'Have You Met' and loved it... it was clear from our first couple of emails that I had found someone special."

    Met on EliteSingles

Dating Sites - Love in the Digital Age

The first dating site, Match.com, was launched in 1995. Since then, Match.com has grown to be one of the biggest dating sites, and today it operates in 25 countries. A plethora of dating sites and mobile apps have since been created - now totaling about 2,500 services - catering to millions of love-seeking users.

More than 70% of adults in the US use dating sites - from mainstream services, such as Zoosk or EliteSingles, to niche services, targeting to a specific age, sexual orientation or demographic group, like OurTime or BlackPeopleMeet.

The motivations for using dating sites are varied. Some people are on the lookout for shared interests or backgrounds, such as Christian singles who may be interested in finding someone who shares their religion. Singles over the age of 50 may use dating sites to ensure they meet someone their age. For gay or lesbian daters, using online dating can help narrow down the dating field to relevant matches. Others take a special interest in professionals, army veterans or, simply, good looks.

Dating Sites Mechanisms: From Filtered Search to Personality Quizzes

Dating sites and apps use a variety of methods to match users. Some sites are geared with a filtering feature, allowing users to specify preferences - age, location, hobbies, political views, marital status, religious affiliation and physical appearance, to name a few. The users are then presented with a pool of potential candidates that meet those preferences.

Other dating sites apply personality-defining algorithms: Members are encouraged to fill out questionnaires regarding their character, hobbies, opinions and behavior. The answers are compiled, processed and used for matching with other like-minded users. Personality-based sites use emotional and psychological information to determine compatibility, so they are better suited for those seeking long-term relationships.

The Ease and Convenience of Online Dating

Online dating offers a quick and convenient way to screen more connections from an increasingly growing pool of potential matches, in a limited time, with the ease and accessibility enabled by the screen. The good news is that the numbers game of the dating scene brings together countless couples, creating true love in the digital age.

Looking for more information about online dating? Check out our reviews of the top dating sites.