Match.com was founded over 18 years ago so it olds the title of the oldest dating service on the internet. Match.com is extremely popular overseas, but as with other international dating sites (Elite Singles, et cetera), the amount of New Zealanders registered is small.
Most members listed are from other countries, but are diverse in many ways. There are people looking for long-term relationships, short-term relationships, and also casual affairs.
The emphasis is on people looking for someone special, and the website estimates that these people form 90% of registered users. Members are aged from 18 to 80 years old, and there is an even ratio of male to female members.
How does it work?
When you sign up to the website, you are asked to fill in a profile stating what you are looking for. You can very specific on what you are looking for, but if you are too specific your matches may be limited.
Part of your profile includes a section called “In My Owns” and in this part you write a paragraph or so about yourself. After you have completed your profile, it is submitted to Match.com to review. This process is normally very fast.
Once it has been approved you can search through the online database. There is an advanced search system that lets you filter members by many different things including age, location, interests, religion, height, and even eye and hair colour. If you find a profile you like the look of, you can send a “Wink” or send a message.
What are the benefits?
The site itself is easy to use, and mobile apps are available on both iOS and Android. Another benefit of using this service is how you can filter search results. Results can be filtered extremely finely, so you can find exactly the sort of person you are after.
Daily matches are provided automatically, and these are people that the website thinks you would be good with. This can help you find someone special. In some cities, Match.com provides physical dates with hundreds of members, however this has yet to happen in New Zealand.
What are the drawbacks?
One of the drawbacks of this site and other global sites is that the do not have a large number of New Zealanders registered with them. This can mean that you are paying for the site only to be matched with people overseas. Members have also expressed concerns about how difficult it is to cancel their subscription after they are finished, so this is something to watch.
How much does Match.com cost?
The prices for this service vary from time to time, however it is generally regarded as being one of the more expensive dating services. Packages that span twelve, six, three or one month are offered so you can sign up for as little or as long as you like.
Something to keep an eye out for is Match.com promos codes or discount codes. These can be found on various affiliate websites on the web. From time to time sites such as Groupon offer these as well. A Match.com coupon can substantially lower the cost of finding someone special.