Dating services that are not online

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We spent five days trying out 10 different online dating services to figure out which one is the most effective and affordable.

After monitoring three fake profiles for 24 hours, collecting match data and using the features of every website and app, our reviewers decided Ok Cupid is the best overall service.

A Facebook account is required because, according to the website, matches are more successful when two people have mutual friends.

The app accesses your list of friends to do this but won’t post anything to your page, so there’s no need to worry. You can earn beans by logging in often, by purchasing them or by completing certain tasks like using the app’s Photo Lab.

Setting up your profile involves a rather in-depth chemistry assessment of more than 70 questions.

The women, in turn, get to see which men have liked them and decide whether to like them back.

If they do, the matched pair can then chat for free.

Messaging and viewing user profiles is all free on Plenty of Fish.

While our reviewers don't think the website is very well designed, the free mobile app is also an option that's super easy to use.

In our tests, the maximum number of profiles we could like before running out of beans was five a day, which we would think keeps most people from being flippant about their matches.

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