OkCupid is sharp, well designed and frankly very fun to use.
Messaging and viewing profiles are free.
You can’t see who likes you without a paid subscription.
OkCupid is an intuitive and modern dating service. Setting up a profile requires you to answer some in-depth questions, but it’s not so exhaustive that it seems boring. Viewing other profiles and sending messages is free, and both the website and mobile app are well designed and easy to use. The advertising campaign of the site “bold 2018”, which appears in the foreground in the desktop version, shows LGBTQ and straight couples, and the enrollment process also caters to those who do not subscribe to binary genres. In addition, this site has given us the most matches during testing, making it the best dating service available.
Setting your profile implies specifying what kind of relationship you are looking for. While some sites, such as eharmony, simply ask if marriage is your ultimate goal, this asks if you are looking for a hookup, new friends, short-term dating or long-term dating-or any combination of the four. After writing a short biography, you answer a number of questions about how your personality and how long you want your next relationship. You are also asked to answer from the point of view of a potential companion and note whether a specific trait or goal is a breaking point for you. You can skip some questions if you’re not sure, but they are very unique compared to the other sites we’ve tested and actually quite fun to answer. Some of them include deciding whether you’d rather be weird or normal, whether you’d date someone who’s messy and whether you like to talk politics.
It’s only after you’ve compiled the information about your physical appearance that our reviewers really appreciated. Looks aren’t everything, are they? Once you add a photo you’re ready to go, although you can add up to six if you want. You can add more information to your profile, such as your diet (vegan, paleo, omnivore, etc.), your drinking habits and even if you use some drugs. You can also answer the matched questions to further improve the likelihood of good meetings. There are numerous questions on your profile page you can write personalized answers to as well as to describe who you are, what you are good at and what you like in life. The whole thing took 15 minutes, which was long enough to give the site some data to work with, but not so fast that we got bored.
As soon as your account is active, OkCupid sends you a message with dating tips and suggestions. According to the site, take the initiative, Be yourself and keep your account active by updating your information and photos consistently are the keys to successful online dating. Women, in particular, are also encouraged to make the first move.
In the test we created three fake accounts and waited to see how many matches they would have in 24 hours. The two heterosexual accounts we created got more than 100 matches with about half of them being 80 percent or more – a percentage that shows how likely you get along with that person. The women seeking account we created had only 42 matches, and half of them were rated at 80% or more. In total, that brought our average number of matches in 24 hours to 81, most of all sites we tested.
Slate reported that men send nearly four times as many initial messages as women on OkCupid. The blog and Information section of the OkCupid website says that the messaging system was overhauled in early 2018 to address this issue. In an attempt to limit the number of inappropriate messages that heterosexual women received, you can now only see messages from people you liked.”We didn’t look and we liked the profiles, so we didn’t get any messages in our tests. Overall though, this feature is a nice way of minimizing inappropriate behavior without limiting site features.
Although it is not necessary to use the site successfully, OkCupid sells a paid membership. You can purchase A-List Basic or A-List Premium that give you access to features like an ad blocker and get notified when someone reads your message. While you can see the matches for free, you can not see who has “liked” you unless you pay for a subscription. The free mobile app is also an option to date on the go, and it is very well designed and easy to use. The messaging side of the app is free, just like on the desktop version, and users can pay for a subscription to send and receive photos as well. Blocking and reporting bad behavior is easy to do, as is deleting your account when you find the person you’ve been waiting your whole life for.