Match.com is one of the best-known dating websites out there. It pre-exists the likes of Tinder and Bumble, having been around since 1995, so most people have heard of it or used it at one time or another.
Like most standard dating sites, match.com doesn’t let you do much without registering, creating a profile, and paying a subscription fee. In this review, I’m going to look at whether it’s worth paying for a match.com subscription, or if you are better off trying a site like eHarmony.
How Trustworthy is Match.com?
Using any dating site is a risk. Uploading photos and fulling out detailed questionnaires leaves you exposed if your data is leaked online, as happened to the unfortunate users of Adult Friend Finder. Sadly, dating sites are also soft targets for fraudsters. It’s not difficult to create a bogus profile, as minimal checks are made.
Many match.com users have complained about the proliferation of scammers on the site. They are not difficult to spot – most scammers have very little to say other than meaningless compliments. I certainly had a few messages from suspect profiles, including one guy who asked me to pay his dog’s vet bill after two weeks of chatting.
I’ve also read online that the Match Group, which owns match.com, has been sued for deceptive business practices. This is backed up by numerous reports of fake profiles, which are added to the site to encourage singles to join. The FTC found as part of an investigation that many profiles remained in circulation long after the user had cancelled their subscription.
The fact they have been sued for deceptive business practices is a big red flag for me!
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Matching with Singles
Like many dating sites, match.com asks you to create a profile, which includes your personal details, interests, lifestyle, values, and other information. It also asks you to state what your ideal match is, down to eye color and smoking preferences.
In theory, this should help you find your ideal man or woman, but in practice, it doesn’t seem to work all that well. There have been complaints that location preferences are not selective enough, even though it was the primary matching factor. Also, many users said they were matched with singles based on their zip code rather than interests and things they had in common. Users also complained that a lack of suitable profiles meant they were often matched with users out of state and, therefore, too far away.
Another problem with match.com is that despite adjusting settings to prevent users without photos from making contact, the site doesn’t filter them out very well.
In my experience, many of the people matched with me lived too far away and didn’t fit the qualities I was looking for. Those that did seem OK didn’t respond to my messages or interact with me at all, which was discouraging.
This is in direct comparison to a site like eHarmony, which matches users based on complex algorithms rather than zip code. If you’re looking for ‘the one,’ match.com might not be for you.
I have read too many reports of attempted scams on Match.com. For me I still recommend eHarmony everytime over this.
Is Match.com OK for Seniors?
Because match.com is one of the oldest sites out there, it makes sense that many seniors choose it when re-entering the dating pool. However, anecdotal evidence suggests match.com isn’t best suited to older daters.
A lack of suitable singles registered on the site means that many seniors are matched with people in inappropriate age groups, even teenagers. Older users also find the site difficult to navigate at times. My grandpa signed up for a subscription but gave it up after a short while.
How Does the App Version Work?
There is a match.com app, but it is rather limited. If you want to send a message and then click back to review the person’s profile, all text is lost and you’re back to square one.
I do most of my browsing and messaging app so this was a big turn off.
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How expensive is Match.com?
Match.com is a paid site, which ensures the quality of users is slightly better than a free dating site. To send a message, you need to buy a subscription. However, it still manages to attract a lot of scammers and time-wasters. Quite a few users have complained the paid memberships are expensive for the service on offer. Furthermore, if you sign up for a subscription and have no luck finding anyone, which is likely given the number of fake profiles, you won’t get a refund.
No refund policy! No thank you
Conclusion on my review of Match.com
Match.com is worth trying if you are looking for a serious relationship, but based on my short time on the site, the matching process is haphazard, to say the least, and the site is short on quality users. For a more rigorous matching process using algorithms, I found eHarmony is a much better service for the money.
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