Does online dating really work for women

11 Feb

“That’s the real issue—how happy are people with their interactions on the dating sites,” says Scott Kominers, a lecturer in economics at Harvard University.

On a site like Ok Cupid anyone can send you a message, whereas on the free app Bumble or on Tinder or e Harmony, only people you are matched with can get in touch.

Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.

Inspired by Jiayuan.com, the largest online dating site in China, he thinks dating sites would have happier customers overall if they did away with their current pricing models and charged users per message sent.

“The fact that e Harmony matched me with several women with whom I shared common interests led me to believe that I was seeing more quality matches.” At the same time, you shouldn’t write off a site just because it’s free.

Now its about as normal (but way more fun) as Internet banking.

For every dating site or app that charges close to per month, such as Match, e Harmony, or JDate, there are plenty of other popular ones like Ok Cupid or Tinder that are free.

If your goal is to get a date—or find a mate—are you better off with one type over the other?

Try now: e Harmony from £9.95 per month How does it work?

match is the most widely-used dating site in the world and has nearly 1.8 million subscribers.