With the internet playing such a large role in our social lives, it’s no wonder that more and more people are using it to find love also. Online dating sites and apps have quickly become one of the most popular ways to meet a potential new partner, and there are many sites to choose from, catering to people from all walks of life. So, where does one start? Lindsay Gordon and Laura-Jane Wareing, the co-authors of an upcoming book on e-dating and a 3-part series for INSPIRELLE, offer his and her perspectives on some sites and apps they recommend.
Online dating for HIM and for HER! We have watched online dating evolve over 10 years and it is always changing. With our advice in mind, it’s up to you to find up to three services that suit you and your circumstances. To get you started, here is a short list of interesting services: all different, free and paid, websites and apps, French and international, small and large, popular and niche (including the one where Laura-Jane found her husband!).
My Single Friend
HER: we think this is the future of dating with a friend to help you. (This is where I met my husband!)
HIM: a lot of variety to pick from and a different perspective to consider.
Adopte un Mec (France)
HER: adopt a plaything.
HIM: be Tom Cruise from Cocktail.
HER: find a hot guy for some fun.
HIM: get laid.
HER: find a friend who could become something more.
HIM: a low-pressure way to get a girlfriend.
Plenty of Fish (International)
HER: pick carefully from a huge ocean of smelly fish.
HIM: a cheap way to get a date or a freaky friend.
Guardian Soulmates (UK)
HER: begin the selection process by restricting the search to left-wing men.
HIM: find a woman wealthy in intelligence and culture.
HER: find a young and hip man on the latest app in Europe.
HIM: a growing network can reward you with exciting and fresh newcomers.
OK Cupid (International)
HER: a good place to get married. Don’t lead with that, though!
HIM: a romantic site focused on love if you’re a Virgo or Romeo.
Bumble (US & Europe)
HER: light-hearted fun on this app without the need to get too serious.
HIM: you’re a European guy who’d like to find an American woman on this app.
HER: come here to settle down and get married.
HIM: pay to get yourself noticed by the best possible mates for you.
Social Media (International)
HER: a real profile with real friends and real details is a real safe bet.
HIM: don’t be creepy but make new friends and hang out with them and see what happens.