Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

Tips for choosing an online dating service.
February 10, 2017

Media Contact: Tom Bartholomy, tbartholomy@charlotte.bbb.org

If you ask how couples met, many will say from online dating services. With the variety of dating services offered it may be challenging to decide which site is best for you. Use these tips as a guide when choosing an online dating site.


Tips for Choosing an Online Dating Service:

Determine What You Are Looking For. Before you start looking into various dating sites, it’s important to determine what type of relationship you are trying to find. Whether you are looking for friendship or a relationship that will potentially lead to marriage, this is an important factor to consider when choosing what dating service to use.

Determine Who You Are Looking For. Decide what specific qualities you may be looking for in a partner. Ask yourself how important it is that the person you are looking to find lives locally. Making a list of necessary characteristics will help narrow down your search since dating services are designed to meet specific factors.

Do Your Research. If you have friends or family members that have experience with online dating services, ask them for recommendations. Be sure any dating service you look into is reputable and provides security. It’s ideal to choose a dating service that has been in business for at least 3 years. Test out their customer service to be sure you are able to contact the business in case of problems or questions.

Compare Pricing. Decide on a monthly budget you are willing to spend for a dating service. Compare prices and what’s included in the membership to find the best value for your money. Many sites even offer a free trial to test out their services before purchasing. Although there are free dating sites, spending a little extra money is worth the cost for the added benefits of a premium service.

Be Cautious. Although most people join dating sites with the intention of find a relationship, there are a few who are using love to scam other users. Be wary of people who insist on leaving the dating site and using personal email, profess their love immediately, say they live in the U.S. but are travelling overseas, and those who cancel a date because of traumatic event or a bad business deal. Remember to never wire money. Scammers may ask you to wire money for travel expenses, medical emergencies, hotels expenses, and hospital expenses for their family members, visas and other documents, or temporary money setbacks.