How Dating Sites Work – Free vs Paid for Memberships on Online Dating Sites

New or curious about online dating sites and how they work?

How most dating sites wor:k and profile set up information (general) – setting up a profile and using free vs paid online dating subscriptions.

Every dating site or app is different. Yet there are MANY similarities amongst dating sites that will help you if you’re new or curious about online dating.  The first thing to know is that an online dating site uses a DATABASE type of platform and algorithm, meaning a profile is a set of data that is used to match with other sets of data (other member profiles) for interests, appearance and lifestyle factors.

Dating site matching is scientifically driven in the sense it’s data and database driven. But most dating website algorithms and matching functions are far from perfect – and human behaviour in terms of online dating is far from rational or predictable.  Plus, if a site doesn’t have adequate members meeting your matching criteria, the algorithm may tell you “no matching criteria” or it might just lower the bar.

Free vs Paid for Dating Sites Subscriptions and Features

  • Most dating sites or dating apps offer FREE log-ins and FREE profiles.
  • Profiles WILL ask your age, and often other factors such as height, weight, hair colour/style, body shape or size, and a set number of lifestyle activities such as whether or not you smoke, drink, watch too much television or have fantasies about playing Russian Roulette..
  • Most DEMAND a photo and a legitimately-working email for validation and profile-building.
  • Photo often need to meets certain criteria (e.g., they MUST show your face/eyes, not be overly grainy or low in resolution, not have others or children in them and so on).
  • Validation of an email address is also required before being able to USE the profile (search your spam folders if needed).
  • A set list of criteria also needs to be filled in, such as whether or not you’d be happy dating someone who still wants children (or not) and whether or not you’ve finished a certain degree of schooling; what your religion and cultural preferences are (if any), and income ranges of people you’d like to date.

At which point, the person can SEARCH for matches – but not necessarily contact them for free.

Read the blog AGE FABRICATION – how many people lie about their age on dating profiles?

Lifehacker reviewed TINDER GOLD features and benefits – click here to see what they had to say.

  • Some sites SAY they’re free to use – and they are – but only to set up a profile not to actually contact or respond to others’ expressions of interest.
  • Remember – if it’s your first time setting up a profile, be sure you tick the box for SMS alerts (YES or NO) or EMAIL alerts (YES or NO) as otherwise you may have to be IN the app or ON the dating site to see any activity; that noted, if you’re using a work email, you might not want your daily matches showing up at your office desk computer or office phone.
  • Some APPS require PHONE ONLY use; others can be accessed through an APP on your phone, though an INTERNET BROWSER on your phone (Mozilla, Firefox, Chrome and similar – although some are glitchy with dating site formats) – OR on your COMPUTER/PC or TABLET.
  • Expect functionality and appearance of the site and menus to change depending on which DEVICE you’re using – not all devices or browsers work compatibly with dating software (and vice versus).

But added features – such as being able to make contact with other users or having filtering systems to enable profile weeding, cost extra.

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Average Registration Times for Top Dating Sites – Tinder, Match, Elite Singles, EHarmony, Bumble

  • Depending on the site, registration can take from a few minutes (allow at least 20 minutes to 30 minutes for most sites) to several hours spent filling in exhausting forms you’ll never know will come in useful (or not).
  • EHarmony is exhaustive and takes a very long time to fill in but says the algorithm matching is “worth it”.
  • Some sites let you skip the details but the more info you DO put in, the more closely the MATCH might become. Theoretically speaking, anyway.
  • Everyone questions algorithms at some stage, but according to an insider at Fairfax (who owns the dating website, RSVP), what people SAY they want – and what they CLICK on – are not as aligned as one might think.

Are the FREE dating sites worth it? Such as PLENTYOFFISH (POF)?
  • Many people enter the foray of online dating on a free site, such as the popular PlentyOfFish or Zoosk.
  • The more FREE users a site has, the more PROFILE WEEDING you’re going to need to do (and the more attractive and time-saving the PREMIUM feature memberships become).
  • But most online dating sites have FEE FOR CONTACT or a FEE FOR MEMBERSHIP.

Find out Dating Statistics for Tinder and other facts about online dating industry.

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Online Dating Statistics and Number of Tinder Users

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How Many People Lie About Their Age on Dating Profiles?

Originally published on September 27 2019 by DoctorMyWeb.

Page last updated on January 20, 2020.

Online Dating Statistics and Number of Tinder Users

Online Dating Statistics and Tinder User Numbers

This blog contains summaries of online dating statistics and dating app pricing including Tinder user numbers and average costs of some of the best-rated online dating sites (according to reviews).

One of the biggest questions about online dating statistics relates to the numbers of users on popular online dating sites. Just how many users DO these top 10 dating sites have? This ONLINE DATING tips blog includes resource links for validated and estimated online dating statistics resources for Online Dating Facts and Statistics.

  • But remember, it is in EVERY dating site’s interest to report high numbers of members or dating app users. 
  • So take ALL statistical data with a grain of salt as – similar to online dating profiles – company execs may have told the truth attractively.
  • Plus, there’s really no valid data on how many USERS create more than one profile on the same site.
  • Let’s wildly estimate that the number of duplicate profiles on one site – the same person, but with a different user name and differently worded profile – is at least 10% of users, if not far greater,
  • Subscribe to my e-newsletter to stay up to date with articles such as: why do people create more than one profile on the same site? What’s a honey trap dating profile? and more!

Number of people using Tinder and other online dating sites and dating apps: Statistics & Facts

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Dating via the internet – thanks to the growing number of users across a wide age range – is still growing.

Statistics about online dating queries indicate countries with significant RECENT dating-app/dating site ADOPTION activity – and high online dating search trends) – for ‘online dating’ include:

  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Pakistan
  • Ireland
  • UK
  • India
  • Austria

TINDER – the most popular dating app from what we’ve seen – predominantly has the LARGEST user base and brand recognition, with many new users bypassing evaluating other apps and sites and heading straight for Tinder – making it one of the highest grossing apps around (more stats and facts on Tinder, below).

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The Online Dating Industry generates over $2 billion dollars a year, and shows no signs of slowing down (Business news).

Tinder’s income has skyrocketed and it’s the most profitable APP according to Business Insider news.

  • At the time of this post (September 2018), the online dating industry comprises a $2 billion dollar, fast growing sector of business.
  • The Top 10 Dating Websites include well-recognised brand names such as Tinder, Bumble, Match, Zoosk, RSVP, PlentyofFish and Elite Singles as well as niche dating markets for over 50s and over 60s and over 70s such as SilverSingles.
  • Every day, new players enter the market (in terms of NEW USERS and NEW ONLINE DATING APPS).
  • New and existing APPS also aim to increase revenues by adding NEW features for searching, filtering and finding.
  • Most users find themselves on multiple sites, sometimes seeing many of the same people over and over again, and never finding a match.
  • As in my other top tips for over-50s dating blogs, it’s often because users don’t know the basics of successful dating profiles, search strategies and profile photography rules.
  • Quite as often, it’s because online dating – done properly – takes time, money, innovation, creative story-telling and a solid sense of self = but also a high degree of patience – something few of us still have.
  • And a sense of humour and humility is mandatory, not necessarily in that order. You WILL get rejected – a lot – if you’re reaching out (and being honest).
  • But you WILL also have a chance at finding love – or at least friendship and someone to date. Not everyone will, but most will, if you follow know WHAT YOU WANT, what to look for, what you’ll accept and not accept in a partner – and how to SEARCH BEST for what you’re wanting.
Read more about HOW DATING SITES WORK and HOW TO SET UP PROFILES.

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Tinder User Statistics & Online Dating Statistics, Facts and Figures (Dating Site User Numbers, costs and prices)

Even free dating websites can cost you a lot of money to use it in a way that optimises your chances for success.

  • Tinder claims to have 50 million daily users who swipe over 1 billion times a day.   Click here to find out what that means in terms of mutually-matched swipe statistics.
  • Tinder CLAIMS that 15% of Australian’s population use their app; on a population of 35 million that’d be approximately 5 million people.
  • If 18% of Australians report paying for using online dating services or paying average dating site subscription fees, it ends up being about $80.7 million each year in terms of income going to dating sites/match making technology.
  • TINDER is FREE to create an online profile AND to contact others – but only to a certain point.
  • Premium services on Tinder can range in price from around $6.00 USD ($9.99 AUD) to pover $30 USD.
  • Options that enable MORE FEATURES include special software to allow for FILTERING, FINGER TROUBLE FIXING or ADDITIONAL CONTACT options (such as unlimited contact with mutually matching members).
  • The BOOST feature, for example, can get you more attention for a period of 30 minutes..
  • Online dating is a lot like gambling. In fact, it IS a gamble – but unlike other forms of gambling, your rate of WIN – if you play your cards right so to speak (and pardon the pun) – is far higher than that of winning a lottery or scratch-off game card.
What you pay extra for on Tinder when you buy GOLD or other premier levels of user subscriptions::
  • unlimited swipes (able to contact or reject MORE users than ever),
  • global user access (taking geographical desirability vs undesirability to a whole new level),
  • finger trouble fixing (being able to rewind your last swipe)

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Recommended Reading about Online Dating Apps and Websites for Over 50s dating

Tinder profitability – highest grossing dating app (Business Insider) – statistics

Tinder in the news – Tinder’s income and bottom line

Tinder Statistics – Tinder’s History of Adding Features – Tinder under fire for charging older users MORE than users under 30.

Sugardaddie Dating Statistics, Facts and Figures

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Elite Singles Dating Statistics, Facts and Figures

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SilverSingles Dating Statistics, Facts and Figures

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How many single people are using online dating?

How many single people are using online dating? Or more specifically, how many single people over 50 are using the top 10 online dating sites?

The answer to how many people use online dating sites to connect with others – either for a quick hook up, dating, friendship or a serious relationship like marriage – is – a LOT! We’re talking MILLIONS of people, with online dating now the GO TO method for meeting potential partners, nearby friends and temporary flings.

How much time and money do people spend on online dating sites?

  • We’re talking HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of users
  • We’re talking about these users spending up to $2 billion a year and increasing annually

Scroll down for Tinder statistics or online dating statistics but if you’re serious about wanting a partner, read this blog in detail.

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Online Dating Statistics: Hundreds of millions of dating app or online dating site users spend over $2 billion a year.

First, that’s a lot of money, and secondly, that’s a lot of users.

How many people are successful with online dating (marriage, relationships and hook-ups)?

There’s a bit of debate on how many people have success with online dating vs meeting organically. Either way, it’s a great tool for finding someone seemingly compatible (remember, no one is likely to be perfectly compatible, but don’t rush to settle for someone who’s incredibly far off from who you’d like to meet – unless, of course, you’re deluding yourself about what you can attract.

Getting online dating RIGHT and finding a good match
  • And how many of these dating app or online dating site users are getting it right?
  • Probably not as many as COULD be getting it right and finding what they’re looking for (or a suitable version thereof).
  • Because so many people are getting their online dating profiles and online search strategies WRONG.

But what this tells you is GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS.

First, the bad news. It tells you that it IS a numbers game in the sense it will take you awhile to weed through people in your age range (but as you get older, the weeding becomes less -there is usually less to choose from, while we’re all a lot fussier as we age – and often, there’s more women to men in terms of male-to-female ratios of online dating – and a growing online population of same-sex dating site users because people now recognise ALL people love who they love, and no one should control that (certainly no government should ever be allowed to dictate who you can sleep with or love),

But I divert.  .

Next, the GOOD news. There’s a lot of choice out there.
Which brings me to the GOOD/BAD news – because there is a LOT of choice, it’s easy to get on the ‘next, next, next’ yo yo of serial monogamy or endless dating – without commitment or longevity.

And if that’s what you’re looking for, great – just be clear to yourself and others you meet that you’re not actually in the market for a full-time or rest-of-life long relationship.

Again, honesty in your profile – starting with honesty with yourself – is the CRUX and #1 rule of online dating.

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But if you’re a TOGETHER person with limited baggage, you’ll have a lot of choices and it can readily turn into an endless line of dates and no relationships.  So you DO need to know what you’re looking for, and how to search for it, which is in the book THE LOVE HUNTERS GUIDE to online dating and mid-life love.

Read the blog about why age honesty is so important – and why lying about age on dating profiles and age fabrication is a major NO-NO for successful online dating, no matter what your excuse.

But in terms of numbers of users on dating sites and dating apps – Let’s talk Tinder first vs Match or Tinder vs Bumble vs Elite Singles –

  • Tinder is used around the world in over 40 languages (no small feat for a dating app or an app of any kind)
  • Has a teen function limited to teens
  • Monthly number of TINDER users are estimated to be 50 million people.
  • Of the 50 million, there are 12 million matches per day
  • Swipe right means interested, swipe left means not interested

Biggest question on Tinder Apps:  How many swipes before a match?

How many profiles must a person wade through, on average, to find a good dating prospect or mutual match?

This is what most people fail to understand and why KEY problems with online dating apps or dating sites are rejection, frustration and lack of patience.

Let’s use Tinder dating as an example.

  • Tinder – Swipes per day to get 12 million matches = 1 billion.
  • That’s a LOT of “I like him or her but they don’t like me, or they like me but I don’t like them” SWIPE LEFT(S).

Tinder Wrist Action: Swipe Left or Right?

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Mutual Matches on Tinder (Swipe Right) before a meeting occurs (online match only, no guarantee) – 12 million of 50 million actions. That’s a LOT of wrist action!

So what does that tell you as a midlife online dating site user?

  • It tells you there’s a lot of profile weeding going on.
  • There’s probably also a lot of laziness, potentially mismatched expectations and badly written profiles or horrendous online dating profile photos.

But the main thing it reminds you of IS two key things – good and bad:

  1. There’s a lot of people you might match with in a large city (this greatly depends on your location and other social-demographics.
    • If you live in a very small town or very far from a major city, your prospects will be minimal to none.
    • If you’re serious about dating, then you’ll typically either need to relocate a loved one to where you live (tricky at the best of times) OR lower your dating criteria to what’s actually around.
    • Both are not ideal scenarios, but you can learn more in my book, The Love Hunters Guide to Midlife Dating, about how to overcome tricky demographics such as geographical quasi-isolation.
  2. You’ve got to be prepared for playing a numbers game – and that means surviving a lot of rejection, but being savvy enough to not waste so much time on the wrong profiles – especially YOURS.
    • If you get your profile wrong – especially your photos or lying about your age – you’re not doing yourself or your prospective partners any favours.
    • Even free sites are very costly in terms of TIME – and we all know online dating is very time consuming.

Online Dating Drawbacks

Here at DATING PROFILE TIPS, from the author of the Love Seekers Guide, we believe these numbers and online dating facts/statistics CLEARLY reveal some of Tinder’s drawbacks – which happen to be similar across MOST online dating sites.:

The DRAWBACKS of online dating sites such as Tinder include:

  • people swiping on people they’d have NO hope off attracting
  • people swiping without delving deeper into other photos or profiles (something Bumble appears to have handled better)
  • finger trouble – people accidentally swiping left vs right when they meant to do the reverse (fortunately there’s an UNDO feature now)
  • limited use unless you purchase the premium functionality

Indeed, one of the biggest time wasters on online dating sites and dating apps is that some people are swiping quickly – or send a kiss, stamp, message or flirty wink – without really looking deeper/reading the person’s bio.

And YES, I’m all for recognising that physical attraction is a huge component of finding a suitable match, but it’s not the be all/end all once you’re over 50 or over 60, 70 and beyond. Why is that?

Because we often get PICKIER or FUSSIER as we age, not less so. We tolerate less and we want more. The trouble is, there are also often fewer matches that really suit us BECAUSE

But the upside is, there are a LOT of people to choose from, and if you’re patient, search-savvy and realistic in your expectations, you might just find a Gem. Many people do. So read the rest of my most popular online dating forums and blogs for people over 50 and get in touch if I can help you with a template re-write or online dating coaching.

 

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Suitable matches and unlimited choices on Online Dating Sites and Dating Apps

Tinder, RSVP, Match and Elite Singles or Silver Singles have millions of users. How do you wade through the crap?

Of 12 million matches per day on Tinder, the number of Tinder users collectively made around 1 billion swipes per day. Let’s do the maths.

The “hit” or match rate on Tinder is 12 million/1 billion swipes.  12,000,000/1,000,000,000.

Maths were never my strong suite, but that’s 12 in 1000.

So you’ll need to be patient, savvy and stay calm, focused and non-rushed.

You’ll need to pre-determine WHAT you’re really wanting in terms of a relationship at this stage of life – and WHO or WHAT TYPE of person you’re wanting it with.  Before all that, you’ll have to think of WHERE – and how FAR you’ll travel to or move – for the right person.

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Top 10 Dating Sites

Top 10 Dating Sites Online – Dating Profile Tips

Online dating sites are forever evolving, and no doubt you’ll see the same faces across many different websites. When it comes to FREE ONLINE dating sites, such as PLENTYOFFISH, TINDER and others, you typically get what you pay for – less control and a lot of weeding to find the profiles that suit you best. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on those top free dating sites as well as your favourite paid-for online dating sites such as RSVP, BUMBLE, B2B, and soon to be, Facebook Dating Pages.  Plus, even the FREE online dating profile sites offer elite online dating FILTERING services or premium subscriptions.

How many dating sites should a person be on?

  • It’s usually helpful to be on at least two (2) DATING WEBSITES, but choose these carefully.
  • Any more than two dating site profiles, and you’re likely diluting your energy and your e-energy.

But online dating can get very expensive, very quickly – especially if you’re making a lot of mistakes with WHO you’re contacting and HOW you’re contacting them.

Read our top rated BLOGS on dating profile tips.

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That’s why I advise everyone to read my e-book, Love Seekers Guide to finding online love, partnership and romance after the age of 50 – so that you know how to avoid the common traps and pitfalls of online dating in your middle to later years.

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