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Online Dating: Free Vs. Paid Services.


More and more people are turning to dating online. So it should be no surprise that there are a lot of web sites out there which offer singles assistance in finding partners. Some of them are free, while others charge a small fee. While a free service can be tempting, there are some hidden dangers lurking behind the veil of economy. Let's take a look at some of the differences between free and paid online dating services.


First point is spam. Free services need to make their money somehow, and they usually do that by selling your information to spammers. In just a few days after registering, you are liable to find your inbox cluttered with all sorts of junk mail, making it hard to find your important messages. Paid services keep your confidentiality and will usually only contact you with something relevant and important as regards to your account.


Secondly, there is the matter of features and services. Free dating sites are usually a bare bones minimum. Think of them as a sort of online personals section of the newspaper. Their real purpose is often to only grab e-mail addresses. Paid services offer a wide variety of features, such as chat, private messages, webcam chats and other tools. Paid services will also use more comprehensive filters and search technology to match you with an ideal partner, not just a simple combination of interests.


Next is assistance. Good luck trying to resolve an issue with a free service. They usually offer an e-mail address you can write to, to contact the administrators regarding any issues, and there are no guarantees that they will resolve the matter or even get back to you. A paid service will commonly have 24 hour a day assistance available, and as you are employing them (not a spam mail company), they value your business more, and will work with you to fix whatever situation you are running into.


The old rule of "you get what you pay for" is certainly true, and online dating services are no exception. With something as important as finding the love of your life, don't you think you should put that into the hands of people who care about your results?