OKCupid Review

Rating:
( 3.75 / 5.0 )
  • MEMBERSHIP
    ( 4.0 )
  • PROFILING
    ( 3.5 )
  • FEATURES
    ( 3.5 )
  • FUNCTIONALITY
    ( 4.0 )

OKCupid is a free dating site that has a lot to offer, and the number of members is growing at an impressive rate. It is an international site with members from all over the world and has a particularly strong presence in North America and the United Kingdom. It is completely free to join OKCupid so you can use all of the main features without ever spending a penny, and there is also a paid option which offers a few additional advantages.

Please see below for a quick overview of what this site all about, followed by more detailed information on its features.

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Overview

One of the great aspects of OKCupid is that the site caters for basically everyone, unlike some niche dating sites that focus on a particular market or specific type of person. Such sites can be right for some people, but OK Cupid is a great choice if you are interested in meeting all kinds of different people. The site accommodates people looking for a relationship and also those more interested in casual dating or just making new friends. There is a wide range of age groups represented but the majority of members are probably in their 30’s or younger.

As a member of OKCupid you will receive recommended matches based on your dating profile and can also search through the profiles of other members. Getting touch with others is easy enough to do and there is a lot of emphasis placed on member interaction. In some respects it is somewhat like a social networking site and there are plenty of interesting features that will encourage you to spend some time on the site.

There are one or two things missing that you might hope to see, such as group chatting or the ability to upload video or audio messages, but the functionality is really good for a free dating site. The site does display advertisements, but they are not too imposing. Overall, we are very impressed with what OKCupid has to offer and all the negatives are fairly minor. They even have Android and iPhone applications that let you use the site from your mobile phone.

Functionality & Features

The primary function of creating your dating profile is very straightforward at OKCupid. You are required to provide certain information when you first join, including your location and relationship status, but everything else is optional. It is advisable to provide as much information as possible though, because detailed profiles will generally attract more attention. You should also include a photo as many people won’t even look at profiles that don’t.

A particularly important part of your profile creation is the matching questions. Basically, there is a large selection of pre-written questions and you can choose which of these you wish to answer. The answers you give to these questions will help OKCupid match you with other members that are likely to be compatible with you. You can answer as many or as few of these questions as you want, but the more you answer the more accurate your matches are likely to be. When you view other profiles, you can check to see how well your answers match theirs.

In addition to the automatically generated matches, you can also search for other members that match particular criteria that you specify. Your searches can be based on questions they have answered, their age range, type of relationship sought and a whole range of other things. You can be as precise or broad as you like, with makes the search function a really useful tool for helping you find the right kind of person for you. Once you have identified someone you are interested in, it is easy enough to get in touch with them using the instant messaging feature.

There are quite a few additional features at OKCupid too. You can make notes on any profile that you have viewed, so you can come back to it at a later date. These notes are private and can only be seen by you. You can also take a variety of tests on a number of different subjects, with the results being published on your profile. These don’t affect potential matches but they are a fun way to give others a bit more information about you and your interests. There is also an active forum where members discuss all things relating to dating and relationships.

Paid Options

There is no need to become a paid member at OKCupid as all the main features are available for free. However, there is the option to upgrade and become an A-List User and this does offer a couple of advantages. For example, all the advertisements will be disabled and you will also have access to more advanced search features. There are one or two other benefits, but none of them are particularly amazing. If you are using the site a lot then you may well find it is worth paying to upgrade, but you should probably try the site out for free first.

Why We Recommend OKCupid

We particularly like the fact that there is a large and diverse membership as this ultimately gives you a good chance of finding the kind of person you are looking for. OKCupid is not just for those that want a long term relationship; it is also suitable for casual dating or even just meeting new people in your area. We also like the design of the site as it is really easy to use and interact with other members.

The features on offer are comparable to some of the more expensive dating sites and the advertisements you are subjected to do not really distract from the overall experience of using the site. It is easy to understand why OKCupid is one of the more popular free dating sites and we are very happy to recommend this site.