Let’s give this another whirl.
After being out of the online dating scene for the better part of a year, I decided to give it yet another try.
This time, I decided to go with OK Cupid. It’s a site that’s been around for quite a long time (since 2004), and a good friend of mine found his current boyfriend on there. What do I have to lose? I downloaded the app and am now ready to give you the low-down.
- Iphone and Android app, also desktop version available
- Tinder-like feature of swiping right and left
- There is an exhaustive questionnaire to help determine personality traits (more/less playful, more/less political, more/less adventurous, more/less outgoing, etc.) and it gives you a compatibility percentage with matches
- You can only message people who like you back
- As of December 2017, you have to enter your real name and not a pseudonym
- Price = $20/1 month, $45/3 months, $60/6 months, $70/12 months
What I did: I created an account and wrote some things in the following sections:
- What I’m doing with my life
- I’m really good at
- The first thing people notice about me
- Favorite books/movies/TV/food
- Six things I can’t live without
- I spend a lot of time thinking about
- On a typical Friday night I am
- The most private thing I am willing to admit
- You should message me if…
I then started answering questions multiple-choice or true/false questions about my personality, outlook on life, religious/political beliefs, dating experiences, etc. I uploaded four photos from my phone and bada-boom bada-bing, I was ready to roll.
- The app is super easy to use. Just like Tinder, you swipe right if you want a match, left if you don’t.
- I don’t know what their algorithms are, but it is interesting to see what percentage compatible I am with potential matches. A lot of the matches OK Cupid gave me were well above 60%. Many were 80% and higher.
- The personality test is genuinely interesting. I even learned a few things about myself, like I am less adventurous than I thought I was, but more playful than I give myself credit for.
- There seems to be a limited number of matches.
- You can’t message guys unless they like your profile, which is difficult to deal with. I like to take the initiative sometimes!
- Some of the personality questions I found to be really intrusive. And if you don’t hit the “mark private” box, potential matches can see all your answers.
- I complain about this all the time, but there were guys who had profile pictures with their exes, kids, of their pet or car, bathroom selfies, or a group shot where I couldn’t tell who was the guy in the profile. Why do people do that???
Overall impression: If I am honest, I still think Match.com is still the best overall value, but OK Cupid comes in second place. The app isn’t bad at all. The interface was super intuitive and simple. I never met anyone on a date for the two months I was on it, but I found the guys I chatted with to be nice. So why not take out a three-month trial and see what it has to offer? If nothing else, the personality test is well worth the price of admission. And if you are a quiz junkie like I am, have fun with it!
Interested in OK Cupid? Do you want a website to tell you who they think you are compatible with? Comment below!