Hey everyone and welcome to my article on the worst online dating sites!
By the end of this article, you will know exactly which sites to avoid and which sites are decent. Let’s get right into it
Recently, online dating has seen a consistent upward trend given the influence of pop culture that has pervaded every area of life. This is great news for the many people who struggle with trying to find and connect with people who share similar interests regardless of how specific these interests are.
Now you might be thinking “great. Finally, I can look on a site and find the right person for me”; however, similar interests aren’t always a good thing.
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Of course, it is a fantastic feeling when you realize that you have just met someone who shares your love for Mayam history and heavy metal music, but there are only some similarities that should never be shared let alone advertised.
There is a whole world of crazy in the online dating scene and trust us when we say that we have seen some pretty weird and downright creepy online dating sites that have left us wondering how on Earth someone came up with this concept, to begin with.
With the proliferation of dating sites, single people should be careful how they set up a physical meet up with new people that they met online.
Now we could go through the complete list of the rejects of the online dating world, but instead, we will focus on some sites that we have previously discussed.
Now before you come back and say “but we found these sites on “the best online dating site for …” let’s point out that these sites might be complete crap in some areas but do well in another area.
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This is the list of worst online dating sites for those who prefer to find love online. Let’s get right into the worst online dating sites article!
The Worst Online Dating sites: Quality Vs Quantity:
Whereas having a large number of users is a plus to dating sites like BeautifulPeople, Speeddate, and Datehookup, it is also their albatross as a lot of fake users abound on them since the right checks are not in place while eHarmony, Match.com, and Tinder is able to offer better matches to its users at a cheap cost.
There are so many perks that beauty brings to people and it seems that many things are much easier for them.
They are more likable, make friends easier, even get jobs thanks to their look and last, but not the least they get pretty much anyone they want in terms of relationships and hookups.
However, we all know that the world does not revolve around it, because there are things much more important that the looks. But, Greg Hodge does not agree with it.
He has created this dating service for “beautiful” people only and there is a whole list of “ugly traits” that will stop someone from becoming a member.
And not only that he believes in creating a more “beautiful world” this way, but the whole service is based on the democratic voting system.
This means that once you apply for membership dozens of members will vote on whether you should be granted access or not and you will see what their (harsh) responses are.
Members are so harsh with their votes that the acceptance rate is less than 15% – this is less than for some Ivy League schools!
The list of unwanted traits is long and here are some of them: obesity, “unsightly” nose, bad mouth and teeth, bad skin, ungroomed facial and body hair, inadequate height, long nails, very low weight for men, bad posture, “no butt” etc.. Even Greg Hodge was rejected by the members.
If this only weren’t enough beautifulpeople.com has paired with a Beverly Hills surgeon who comments on rejected wannabe members’ traits and offers discounts in case they want to improve their aesthetics.
If you wish to give this service a shot you are supposed to fill out all of the information it asks from you: your body type, your eye color, hair color, education, relationship status, whether you are a home and car owner, height, weight, and several other points.
After that you need to upload a photo – a gorgeous one and then the opposite sex members have 48 hours to vote on your application.
The votes fall in 4 categories: Absolutely Not, No, Hmmm OK and Beautiful.
Also, in case you get granted access and upload more photos that cause someone to be suspicious of your looks, you will most probably be sent back to re-rating and possibly be expelled from the site.
After you are accepted you will be able to enjoy the online dating experience, however, there isn’t an algorithm that will connect you with someone suitable.
This is because it assumes that all of you already have the most important thing – beauty in common.
The service added a security check, which means that you need to verify your profile by taking a photo with a piece of paper that states your username and the set date, however, people are saying that they got accepted even without that. This raises a lot of questions.
Beautifulpeople.com has a free version, however, it will not grant too many features.
If you wish to experience anything more than just browsing members, which is sending messages, chatting live, looking at the votes given to you, taking part in discussions, and other features you will need to get a paid membership.
There almost isn’t a person who hasn’t heard of Steve Harvey. He is a quite famous host of a TV show that deals with couples and provides couples therapy, is a book writer, “an expert on dating” and a comedian.
He tried to translate all of this knowledge and tips into an online dating service, which was launched in partnership with the Match Group in 2014.
However, no matter how much the app got marketed, it hasn’t received too many positive reviews.
It got quite criticized for its views on men and women and their biological nature.
Just now when we thought differences between men and women were being buried, Harvey went on to say that women are “wired differently” and offered various articles on the app that teach women “how to be more datable”, which many found atrocious.
He went on to say that many feel their biological clock is ticking and that they only wish to date if that will lead to a relationship, which contrasts men’s logic.
Even though this may be true in some cases, it does not apply to every single woman and a man and it doesn’t do anything for the “reconciliation” of the two sexes.
Also, it seems this service revolves around Steve Harvey himself and his fans that are there in large numbers.
First of all, we understand that Steve has some interesting advice and wisdom to offer however, he has no credentials that would prove he is an expert on any dating-related topic.
Thus, this raises many questions on what he preaches, and whether it is something you should act upon.
Also, his face is located all over the app, since he is the “chief love officer” and no matter where you click you will read his advice, jokes, and witty comments.
Even though it can be funny from time to time, seeing him everywhere is not fun in the long run, nor does Steve present the most attractive way to find love.
On the other hand, even if we discard all of the above and try to look at the pure numbers and statistics, there is almost no information on how successful this service is, nor does the “success stories” feature offer more than a few stories.
Many people have written not-so-positive reviews saying that they wanted refunds for various reasons and that they couldn’t get a hold of customer service, nor find the right number.
Also, search options are not that user friendly, since they don’t allow you to filter users based on narrower criteria other than the state and age range.
The cost is also questionable since the paid membership goes for $29.99 per month and you are pretty much obligated to subscribe because the free version doesn’t offer anything other than swiping to meet singles and seeing their profiles.
Whenever you wish to message someone, see who is interested or know if the message was read, you will need to get the paid membership.
This dating service was launched in 2004 and it was created for a very specific niche market.
This market is a group of older men and women, called sugar daddies and mommies who hope to find (much) younger men and women – sugar babies.
They do this for several reasons – it makes them feel good, wanted and attractive and on the other hand, they can pamper their partners because they have lots of money and it is simply “the price” of their companionship.
Now, there isn’t anything wrong with this, people wish for various things and this website is set to fulfill this specific desire.
So we have the niche group with specific wishes and the website that can allow for them to come true – so what is wrong?
According to hundreds of real-life reviews of this dating site, it is one big scam filled with thousands of fake profiles that just want to extort your money and make you a fool. As simple as that.
It is one of the worst-rated dating services out there.
Hundreds of women have said that once they created their profiles they immediately got messages from older men who right away asked where they were from and how they can send them the money.
They required information about their credit cards “to send the money”, but that information was much more private than what they needed for the transfer.
Another huge downfall is the fact that you need to have a paid membership to send more than 3 messages per day, or read and reply to any messages since you cannot do it for free.
Many women who had nonpaying accounts have said that they kept getting messages from men, but they were blurred and to see the content they had to pay.
But it all seemed like a real scam and that those messages were fake and made on purpose, encouraging them to get the membership.
Some of them even knew men who supposedly sent them the messages, but who said that they haven’t done it in reality.
There are women who said that they have even filed FBI reports when they realized they were talking to con artists.
The price is also quite high for a dating site, going for $39.95 per month.
However, on the bright side, hundreds of women and men have found sugar daddies and mommies from their dreams who have helped them in all sorts of ways and to whom they were cute, young companions.
Many college students support themselves this way as they aren’t yet financially stable and then set the “relationship rules and boundaries” with their sugar daddies and less often mommies.
The site can be quite effective if you spend a lot of time on it and can identify shady profiles. However, you are also supposed to have the membership if you plan to do anything more than just browse profiles and send up to three messages without being able to see the reply.
SpeedDate is as the name suggests, is an online dating service that facilitates speed dating until you find someone that you connect with (of course hoping that, that person also connects with you).
Their tagline “Real Dates in Real Time” is a very accurate description of their services. Now to be fair, this site can be quite fun for some people, especially those who want to play around with online dating for laughs; however, for the serious dater, there is just no justification to pay a monthly subscription fee to feel like you are playing the paid version of Chatroulette.
It is not likely that you will find “The One” by engaging on a series of quick 5 minute dates (assuming that the dates will even last that long). If you are even remotely thinking of finding a serious relationship, we suggest that you stay away from this website. See the full SpeedDate.com review here.
The name of this website should be enough to make you click the red X and move on to something else; however, to appease your curiosity here is what we found wrong with DateHookup (aside from the name).
The first thing to note is that this website caters to young adults and college students.
This is a basic, no frills website that focuses on showcasing people’s pictures which can be better with a proper guide because after all, you are most likely to hook up with the “prettiest” person that you can find and get with.
Although the site has a basic design, it feels like this site is stuck in the past and has refused to move into the present age of online dating.
DateHookup does have one thing going for it, and that is using the site completely free. Perhaps this is why using the site is so seemingly annoying. Oh, and did we forget to mention the many ads that you must contend with to use the site for free?
Sadly, the DateHookup website is filled with ads, but then again that it the price that you pay for free. This site is best avoided unless you are into this type of online dating. Instead, we recommend checking out these other free online dating sites. Here is the full review.
Top two sites to consider
Now that we have talked about the three sites that I recommend you avoid let’s talk about two options I recommend. Honestly, there are not too many dating sites online that I will recommend, and there are benefits and downfalls to both paid and free sites.
The problem with free sites such as plenty of fish and okay Cupid is that there are a lot of spammy people. There are a ton of spammy robot created accounts. On top of this, the people that are on these free sites are usually not looking actually to meet up. They are looking for an ego boost and chatting.
For people looking for a real dating website will usually have to pay for it. At least the prices of dating websites have dropped significantly over the last couple of years for the two sites that I recommend for people that are serious about online dating.
These are the kind of places to find love, and meet new people for online dating, e.g. eHarmony, and Match as they have dating rules in place to guide and protect users.
If you wish to give online dating a chance and enjoy a safe website with millions of profiles that can fit anyone’s criteria then you should go for Tinder. There is a reason why it is the most popular and used online dating app in the world.
With its user base of 57 million people from 190 countries, you can rest assured that you will have large chances of meeting someone for a hookup, dating or serious relationship.
Tinder is not quite a niche dating app and it targets individuals of various backgrounds who strive to find various connections.
A word goes around that it is used mostly for hookups and other casual encounters, however, thousands of people have met their significant others on there and even got married!
With Tinder you don’t have to worry about being rejected from the app based on your looks, even though they matter for dating; that you will be served “male vs. female nature” dating tips, nor get asked about your credit card and financial details.
People on there can be pretty laid back and open for taking things offline quite soon after getting in touch, or a bit more reserved in that aspect, depending on the country and the culture.
However, no matter, what the scenario is, Tinder still offers lots of fun and many people to talk to.
If you love swiping on people’s profiles, it is good to know that they were the first ones ever to introduce the swiping that has brought Tinder huge fame.
Thanks to this feature it positioned as the number one dating app and its system got copied to many other apps.
Its interface is quite simple and elegant without too many boring ads that are all over many other dating apps.
All of the segments are separated, the main page, your profile, the messages section and navigating through them is very easy.
A big plus is a free version that offers almost full experience on the app, and mostly the fact that you can talk to as many people as you wish without having to pay for it.
You can give people “Super Likes” and even get “Top Picks” for you based on Tinder’s algorithm and your taste.
This means that no one will make your experience online miserable and make you pay for the premium plan.
However, if you opt for it, you will get fun and interesting perks, such as seeing who has liked you, getting many more top picks, more “Super Likes” every day, the “Rewind” options that let you see the last swiped profile again, and several others.
Even though there are always some fake profiles on every app, they aren’t that common here, so you can stop being afraid all the time of talking to an imposter.
Setting up a Tinder account is also quite easy and it doesn’t require much information. You just need to add basic information, and optionally one or more photos and a bio.
Even though these options aren’t mandatory, most of the profiles are filled out and give an insight into what that person is like.
eHarmony has an extremely high success rate because they match people that are incredibly compatible with one another. I have found some fantastic matches on eHarmony and have never felt uncomfortable or that there aren’t any spammers.
People on there are genuinely looking for a real connection. They also have a fantastic design for their website and mobile app. You can check out how the site looks here.
People on these paid websites are secure to mess around. They are here to date other people seriously, and that’s what ends up happening on eHarmony. The prices are also significantly less expensive than they were a couple of years ago because they need to compete with dating applications.
Match.com is the other website that I highly recommend. This is one of the most popular sites and has one of the most significant populations of users for a paid website. Just like eHarmony, people are actually on this website to meet one another in person.
Match.com has a ton of features that are super useful. One of the most prominent features I love is being able to search and filter through the whole database of people based on very specific criteria. This allows me to narrow down the results to find exactly the person I would like to date.
Match.com also spends a significant amount of money on website usability and design. Check out the current web design for yourself.
Just like eHarmony, the price of match.com has cut in half over the last two years. I have an article that talks about the current prices of match.com as well.
Conclusion on the Worst Online Dating Sites
Overall these reviews are not meant to put down a particular website; instead, we hope to give you as much information as possible on the suitability of a particular online dating website.
Paying attention to dating tips and latest posts on sites online and if it is rights reserved is a pretty good way of avoiding a bad experience on dating sites.
Every small business has a contact page to leave a comment, name, email, website so that clients can easily send messages. It is important to use where the required fields are marked comment to give feedback.
We also wish to let you know which sites will leave you feeling like you just wasted your time and money. You will be best served and see better results if you check out sites like Match.com, eHarmony and the other sites that we talk about in our article on the best online dating sites.
Good luck in your search for popular dating and modern dating apps that give and deliver premium products and services to its members.
The right dating profile still remains the key to getting the best result and staying safe online.
But hey if your curiosity is not satisfied by reading this article then feel free to check out these websites, remember “you were warned.” I hope you all learned something helpful from my worst online dating sites article! I suggest that you check out my most popular article eHarmony vs Match if you are serious about online dating!
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