Price comparison of online dating sites

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There are plenty of dating sites and apps where you can look for love for free, leaving you more cash to put toward showing your date a good time.

But keep in mind that free services have their downsides: They tend to attract more scammers who are after your money, not your heart, and users who aren't looking for anything more serious than a hookup.

- Liking or passing on potential matches is as easy as swiping the screen.

Cons: - Unless they pay for a premium subscription, women have only 24 hours to start a conversation before a match is lost (either person can make the first move in same-sex matches).

- Users over 30 are charged more for premium features, although that may be changing: A California appeals court ruled that the pricing violates anti-discrimination law.

Takeaway: Tinder has become an archetypal dating app in part because it's so easy to use: Swipe left to pass, swipe right to like, and hope that potential matches swipe right, too.

- Photo verification helps certify that profiles are real.

- Tremendous popularity means there are lots of members in most areas, not just in major cities.

The answers, of course, depend on what you're looking for.

We've brought together 14 of the best dating sites and apps, both free and paid.

Cons: - Swipe-based platform puts a lot of emphasis on looks and encourages users to make snap judgments.

- May not be the best choice for those who want a more serious relationship.

Best Dating App for Women Pros: - Users have to pay only for premium features, such as seeing who has liked their profile.

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