I think having specific needs to narrow down your search would help, maybe adding religion, politics or even common interests in the initial search. Have you been on any dates? Got a story to share? There are plenty crazy cats out there with odd requests. Three nights later my flat mates and I were treated to him yelling my name on the street outside our apartment block, while we were trying to sleep.
Most of the men are on there for a quick fix. So be wise and only meet if you genuinely are interested. How About We Testing it out: It could be anything from a stroll around a local park with take-away coffees, or, like I suggested, chatting and browsing through art galleries and exhibitions. The app is easy to use with a simple profile set-up and it allows you to show your interest in people, message them and eventually ask them out.
The idea of meeting someone because they picked out a great date idea is novel and speaks to the romantic in me. It works on a similar principle as Dating Buzz, but it features a game-like option where the site suggests potential love interests by matching your profile to others. You can then decide whether you are interested in them or not and whether you'd like to meet them.
If yes, the lucky person then gets notified. There is also a favourites section, which works very similar to that of Dating Buzz, however, the site's pricing system might just be its downfall. While it is free to sign up, create a profile and search potential partners, most everything else is behind a pay-wall. Unless you pay the subscription, you can't send messages, have limited access to others' profiles and can't see who has viewed your profile or who likes you, even though the site regularly sends you emails telling you about all the people who have shown interest.
Subscription starts at around R for a single month. Zoosk One of the newer dating sites, Zoosk has been advertising heavily across various platforms. Its biggest claim to fame is that you sign up with Facebook either on their site, or via the Facebook app and it uses your profile information to suggest potential matches.
While the principle sounds great in theory, Zoosk is a very confusing site to navigate. They have so much going on - games, questionnaires, polls, search, chat, virtual gifts, earning virtual currency Their subscription model falls somewhere between that of Dating Buzz and match. When you try to sign up, they claim subscriptions starts at R for one month, but upon check-out, a so-called "connection fee"' of just over R gets added. This fee isn't mentioned anywhere on the site, but they do often try to lure you to sign up by supposedly waiving the connection fee.
It seems a little shady. Grindr Grindr is one of the newer platforms that exist as a mobile app only with versions for iOS, Android and Blackberry OS. Targeted at the gay community, the app uses your location to find people in your area. You create a profile by uploading a picture, one or two personal mostly physical details, a little blurb about yourself and whether you're looking for friendship, a relationship, or simply a hook-up. There are no complex and time-consuming questionnaires.
You then set the age range and radius and search distance, and you're set. Grindr displays images of the guys who fall within your radius and age-range, showing whether they're online and available to chat. You can send images via the in-app chat platform. When things get uncomfortable, you can also block users. It's mostly free, but there is an option to subscribe to Grindr Xtra, which simply enhances the experience with things such as displaying increased number of guys in your area and push notifications on your phone.
Tinder Seen as the straight version of Grindr, Tinder is a location-based app for Android and iOS. It's a simplified version of Grindr, whereby you log in with your Facebook account.