Consumer Reports recently surveyed almost 115,000 subscribers about their experiences with online dating. A subset of 96,000 readers were then asked to rate dating apps and sites based on overall satisfaction and satisfaction with features such as privacy settings, amount of information provided about potential dates, and the quantity of matches. The survey found that free sites such as OkCupid and Tinder received marginally higher ratings than paid services such as Ashley Madison.
“While the prospects of finding a long-term match were surprisingly good among our survey respondents, our survey suggests that online dating can be as frustrating and emotionally fraught as off line dating,” said Margot Gilman, Consumer Reports Money Content Development Leader.
The CR Survey also found that, among those hesitant to try online dating, 9 percent of men and 21 percent of women are reluctant because they knew someone who had a bad experience. According to the survey, another reason why consumers are concerned about online dating is because they fear being scammed – 41 percent of men and 56 percent of women cite this fear.
If you too have concerns about stepping into the online world of dating, then consider these tips to create a better profile.
- Use recent pictures, ones taken within the past 12 months, maximum. Everyone needs at least one good, close-up headshot.
- Consider tone. You don’t want your profile to sound like a résumé or to come across as bragging about how wonderful you are. Show that you’re human and humble through a joke, a self-effacing story, or a humorous anecdote.
- Get the reader’s attention on your profile by keeping it brief but interesting.
- To make a strong first impression, do more than using a string of adjectives describing yourself. Instead, describe your best qualities using anecdotes.
- Never lie about your age or what you do for a living.