In fact, since e Harmony arrived in Australia in 2007, it’s seen more than 11,000 couples tie the knot.Here, we rate five popular dating apps: Tinder, RSVP, e Harmony, Elite Singles and Plenty of Fish (POF) to help you get started.
Cost: For free, you can sign up, see matches, send expressions of interest and receive messages.
But, to communicate, you need a paid membership, which costs between $22.95 and $89.95 per month, depending on features and length.
You also get expert tips when setting up your profile.
Rated: You won’t be mixing with fling-seeking 20-somethings as 90% of members are over 30 and 80% have university degrees.
Top tips for successful online profiles "The most important thing, when creating an online profile, is to be truthful and upfront," says Sue Yorston, Senior Manager of Quality, Compliance and Service Outcomes at Relationships Australia. If I put on there that I’m blonde and 21, whereas I’m really in my 60s and grey, well…The consequences of the virtual world are the same as in the real world." As Billy Joel sang, "It’s a matter of trust".
So, don’t be tempted to lie about – or exaggerate – anything. Meanwhile, Tinder’s in-house sociologist, Dr Jessica Carbino, says it’s helpful to “smile, wear bright colours, avoid hats and sunnies, and include animals, as well as travel shots.” In addition, when it comes to describing yourself, be aware of hidden online dating codes.TINDER User experience: Online dating doesn’t get any easier.Tinder creates your profile for you, with information from Facebook (but never posts to Facebook).Every profile is manually vetted, so you’re less likely to meet a scammer or a weirdo.Slated: Having a degree isn’t mandatory but, without one, you might feel a bit left out.Then, using GPS, it finds your location, and gives you a bunch of nearby possibilities. Rated: Tinder is fast and convenient, and the Facebook connection lets you see friends you and your matches have in common. But, there is a subscription version – Tinder Plus, which lets you rewind your most recent swipe and search in a place you’re about to visit before you get there.