Upgrading to the A-list is cheap and offers great features
Potentially people aren’t taking it seriously as it’s free to register
Have to pay to get the full functionality of the site
OkCupid is a dating site that was created way back in 2004 and this was done by four Harvard friends. It was pretty popular right from the offset but went up a notch in 2012, when their even more popular app was released. OkCupid helps to connect people from all over the world and thousands upon thousands of individuals have found their dream match on the platform. It is known as one of the most open minded dating platforms out there, with 22 gender types and 13 orientation choices to choose from.
How it works
When you initially sign up to the site, you will be prompted to do a quiz. This helps to assess your personality, which will then provide you with “matches”. These matches will be individuals who are located fairly close to you and who the site feels you will click with. It is very easy to browse through members on the site and if you check “the two of us” tab, you will be able to see what their answers were to certain questions. This process is different to other sites and makes OkCupid stand out from the crowd. There are other quizzes you can take on the website and while these ones don’t influence your communication on the site, they are pretty fun and help to break the ice with potential matches.
It is statistically obvious that the more members on a dating site, the higher the chances that you will find what you are looking for. Well you are in luck with OkCupid, because there are a massive 50 million members from around the world, although it’s impossible to know how many of those are currently still active. People from the U.S are most active on the site, although members from countries all over are welcome. The most active age range of members on OkCupid are between the ages of 25 and 34. More men than women are currently signed up to the site, it is really easy to become a member and just involves filling in some basic information.
There is the choice of a standard and premium site on the OkCupid platform, being a premium member will give you access to more features including in-depth search features, no adverts and more. A standard membership is free but will not allow you to do very much at all. To pay for an account, you will be spending anywhere from $4.96 – $9.95 a month depending on what you want to sign up for. There are so many benefits to premium membership including being able to see who has rated you highly. As a premium member, your profile will also appear higher, making you more visible to members and probably getting you more messages/interest.
The profile set-up on OkCupid is pretty easy to understand. The photo galleries of members are always found at the top of their profiles, allowing you to see what they look like, before you find out more. An about me section followers and most users (although not all) prefer to keep this section short and to the point.
Some profiles will also include the answers to the quizzes that can be taken, although the individuals can choose if they want to broadcast these on their profile or not. Users cannot leave any fields blanks in their profile, which should give you a fairly clear oversight on anyone you might have interest in.
Security and safety
Safety is of the utmost importance to OkCupid and they are constantly updating the platform in order to make it as safe as possible. Premium members even have the chance to change their name when they message others, to protect their identity if they so wish to do this. The messaging section has recently been updated and initial messages are shown alongside the profile of the member, allowing you to view it right away. This reduces spam and also means that you only converse with those that you are actually interested in getting to know deeper.
There is no doubt that while there might be better dating sites out there, OkCupid is a great platform and one that many people have success on. It allows you to have fun, while hopefully still finding somebody that you want to take things further with.
- Upgrading to the A-list is cheap and offers great features
- Potentially people aren’t taking it seriously as it’s free to register
- Have to pay to get full functionality of the site