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On the other end of the spectrum is Plenty of Fish.
Lester says her friend branded POF the 'TK Maxx of dating' because while you can find great stuff, it takes a bit of rummaging.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SITE: London-based Charly Lester started a career in dating accidentally when her 30 Dates blog, chronicling her mission to find love took off. "Think of it like you are looking to date the site as well as the people on it", she says. Avail of free trials, sign up for three months at a time and "dip your toe" until you find one that fits. The last time I dated online I signed up for Guardian Soulmates, because I live in London and it's a newspaper I read, and I don't want to date someone who voted for Tony Blair. For example, Lovestruck is aimed at single professionals while Tinder tends to attract fun-seeking 18-24 years olds.
We often hear horror stories about people who have been duped by internet strangers, and we are cautioned against meeting with people we have met online.
Whatever site you choose, the important thing is not to stagnate, according to Lester.
When it starts to feel like a job rather than fun, take a break and pick up again in a few months. With so many free options available, you might wonder if it's worth it to pay for online dating. Members of sites like e Harmony, which requires members to fill out lengthy questionnaires, and charges membership fees of up to £40 per month, are usually looking for serious, long-term relationships.
Online dating use among 55- to 64-year-olds has also risen substantially since the last Pew Research Center survey on the topic.
Today, 12% of 55- to 64-year-olds report ever using an online dating site or mobile dating app versus only 6% in 2013.
Free sites will have more members (so more choice) but that means more admin on your side.