Examples of popular online dating websites include Match.com, OkCupid and PlentyofFish, also referred to as POF. The mobile app Tinder is also popular among people looking for a virtual way to find someone to date.
A paid subscription is a requirement for meeting dates on Match.com. Users can register for the website free of charge. However, a free account only allows users to browse member profiles, send "winks" to members and view matches upon filling out a survey that enables the system to match members based on their lifestyles and interests. To actually engage in conversation with members, users must pay a fee.
Unlike Match.com, OkCupid allows members to communicate with one another without paying any membership fees. Because the service is completely free, OkCupid tends to attract a more varied user base than Match.com. Upon registering for the site, members fill out information and answer questions about themselves. Members can then read profile information to determine who to contact.
PlentyofFish is another dating site that is free to use. Users of the site provide information about their likes, and the system then presents them with potential matches who share mutual interests. The more information a member enters, the more likely the system is to select matches with whom the person is compatible.