Just4one aims to show that being single needn’t mean that life can’t be good. Like anyone else, there’s lots of stuff you can do socially, financially and all other sorts of ways to make good use of your time and the opportunities around you. And who knows who you might bump into in the process!
If you view single status as a temporary thing though and plan to take steps to start looking to make some new friends or look for a partner, online dating can be a good place to start.
Something like 1 in 3 people use Internet dating sites to find their soul mates. Internet dating is big business and can be very successful in helping to bring people together as partners, or friends. But with such a huge variety of online dating sites, everything from Match.com the worlds biggest site through to Dead Meet ( a dating site set up for people working in the Funeral industry), to choose from, where do you start?
Some sites are free to search and free to join, but then get you to register first, BEFORE they reveal their charges and you get to find out how much it costs to become an active member.
Having to hunt round for information that’s not always easy to find and finding out ‘what dating sites offer what’ can be tricky and take time. So we’ll be doing a regular and completely independent quick comparison of some of the top dating sites, their membership fees, who they’re aimed at and any special deals they have to help you choose the best site for you.
Match.com publicise access to 7+million registered members. (That’s a lot of choice!)
Really good search facilities. Advanced search facilities let you filter your searches by almost any criteria including, age, photo, physical characteristics, last active etc. There’s also an option to upload videos and use webcam chat once you join.
1 month £29.99
3 months £59.97 – around £19.99 a month
6 months £77.94 – around £12.99 a month
With no searching involved on this one, matches found for you by E Harmony are based on your answers to a detailed personality test based on ’29 Dimensions of Compatibility’. Currently advertising 3.5 million registered UK users. Aimed at men and women between 30-55 looking for serious and long term relationships.
Site includes some really good tips and advice pages available to all, (members and non-members).
1 month £44.95
3 months £35.95 per month – (£107.85 one off fee)
6 months £27.95 per month – (£167.70 one off fee)
12 months £12.95 per month – (£155.40 one off fee)
1 month £18.95
3 months £39.95 – around £13.30 a month
6 months £59.95 – around £15.00 a month
A dating site for single parents happy to date someone with children. MumsDateDads started up by a parent who knows from first hand experience that it can be tricky to find someone special when you have children.
UK based site with all the normal features and sister sites in Ireland, South Africa & Australia.
1 month £24.95
3 months £49.95 – around £19.99 a month
6 months £79.95 – around £13. 30 a month
Guardian Soulmates members can search by location, keywords, gallery photos & ‘match’. Site also tells you when someone last logged in. 160,000 registered members.
Useful site if you want a really detailed view of your perfect partner. (The optional ‘More About Me’ feature even asks what type of books you read!).
1 month £32.00
3 months £64.00 – around £21.33 a month
6 months £96.00 – around £16.00 a month
Looking for someone who loves the countryside and not adverse to a bit of mud?
Connecting country minded people, Muddy Matches is a rural online (and independent) dating site for single farmers, rural singles, equestrian singles and country friends
1 month £24.00
3 months £45.00 -around £15.00 a month
6 months £69.00 -around £11.55 a month
12 months £90.00-around £7.50 a month
Ever wondered what your friends think of you? If the thought of writing your own dating profile fills you with horror, My Single Friend lets a friend do it for you. Unique approach that also provides a chance to comment on your profile.
1 month £28.00
3 months £54.00 – around £18.00 a month
6 months £79.98 – around £13.33 a month
Great for Facebook fans (Tinder links to your account), very fast, social media ‘swipe function’App dating, working through your smartphone. Although Tinder has a huge number of subscribers, (>57 Million worldwide) also a good App for fans looking for local partners.
Setting up your Tinder app free using all the added functions to get it working for you is chargeable.
UK users can buy Tinder Gold for £4.66 a month on a six-month subscription (£27.96) or £3.50 a month when bought in advance on a 12-month subscription (£42.00)
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Have you tried online dating? How did you get on? Got any tips you can pass on?