It can’t hurt (as long as he doesn’t bring up the part about the projectile vomiting last weekend) and can certainly help. In fact, in complete opposition to the above two sites which use virtually no matching technology, Ok Cupid is almost entirely about matching.
Again, I wasn’t impressed with the selection of women here, compared to Match or Plenty of Fish, but what I did notice is that women on Zoosk seemed much more playful and tuned-in. You could spend weeks on all the questions and tests that get you just a little more finely-adjusted matches.
Searching is extremely simplistic: Age, location, and ethnicity.
Age is even approximate: “around my age or younger,” “around my age or older,” “around my age” or “any age.” You’re basically getting a list of random women in an approximate age group, sorted by how long ago they last logged in.
Today we’ll go down a level to sites that aren’t as well-known but offer more places to cast your line.You can improve matches by answering more “matching questions,” about everything from politics to TV shows to your fingernail-grooming habits.Ok Cupid also tracks (anonymously) the habits of its users and also does independent testing, and can tell you that those shirtless photos work. Okay, nothing in life is really free – Ok Cupid makes its money selling something called the “A-List Subscription.” This gives you more search features (sort profiles by personality traits or popularity), messaging features (attachments) and visibility (“A-List” profiles appear in a special section on search pages—this would seem to defeat the point of matching, but whatever).If you have the time to manually go through the profiles you could find a catch here, but I wouldn’t see myself paying or more a month to manually sort women.
You’ll also want to shut off all e-mail alerts, because every time someone views your profile you’ll be sent an “interest” message.
Use the free trials many paid sites offer, or start with a completely free site like Plenty of Fish or OKCupid.