Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.
For every dating site or app that charges close to per month, such as Match, e Harmony, or JDate, there are plenty of other popular ones like Ok Cupid or Tinder that are free.
If your goal is to get a date—or find a mate—are you better off with one type over the other?
An initial period of dating and friendship is obviously necessary to explore the potential of a more solid relationship.
This is essential and strongly recommended if two people are going to embark on a long and happy married life raising a family together.
“That’s the real issue—how happy are people with their interactions on the dating sites,” says Scott Kominers, a lecturer in economics at Harvard University.
On a site like Ok Cupid anyone can send you a message, whereas on the free app Bumble or on Tinder or e Harmony, only people you are matched with can get in touch.Forty-eight percent said Match, a paid site, but Plenty Of Fish (free) and e Harmony (paid) tied for second most popular, with 23 percent apiece.But in terms of overall satisfaction, our survey found that free dating sites actually score a touch better than paid ones, probably because they're a better value.Clicking any of the links will take you to the retailer's website to shop for this product.Please note that Consumer Reports collects fees from both e Bay Commerce Network and Amazon for referring users.“If sending messages had a price or you could send only a fixed number per day, people you contact online would know you had to give up something to do so, which would incentivize better behavior,” he says.