Value for money: 5/5 Features: 4/5 Design: 5/5 Member quality: 4/5
- Fun way of looking for love.
- The site has interesting and unique names for its features.
- You can’t contact people who are too different from you.
The Full Story
OkCupid.com has a tongue-in-cheek approach to romance. You can enjoy not only the probable fulfilment of your quest for that special someone but also a wide variety of other features. It seems that even before cupid’s arrow hits the bullseye, the dating site’s users can spend time enjoying browsing through the pages. Not only are members able to flirt with other members, they can also take some fun personality tests while waiting for a response. Browsing profiles is no chore, either. When you visit a profile, you get to know how “matched” you are to a person–as a friend/romantic partner or even as an enemy. There are also little cutesy icons that represent the profile owner’s personality.
Other site features
OkCupid works not only with a mythological bow but with a search engine that filters the persons you want to match up with. You can choose gender, age, height, location, ethnicity, and more. This is so that you can find your ideal girl or guy within your preferences and within a sane subset of profiles. Even the people you “woo” are limited to just three a day. In other sites, you wink at your prospect instead of wooing them. THe curious names that features have is indicative of how creative OkCupid is. But what makes the site creative may also make it a little less than user-friendly. A help section for “site” terms could help. I mean, how would newbies know that “stalkers” actually refer to those people who have viewed their profiles? What if they think that these are real stalkers to beware of? The site could be discouraging people from contacting potential matches. It is like rejecting that nice guy who you keep seeing around your area thinking that he is some perv trying to attack you when you are alone.
The humorous way in which dating is handled in OkCupid makes it one of the most popular free dating sites onlnie. It gets millions of hits. So, your choice of possible matches is definitely not limited. You may expect to encounter more people with a sense of humor than on some other sites, though.
The layout is content-appropriate. The site is definitely portrayed as a fun way of looking for love or friendship during a time when people are more pessimistic or skeptical about finding something wonderful. You can email friends or potential lovers while amusing yourself with the overall look that makes up OkCupid. However, those who are looking for live chat and forums will be very disappointed. You will have to make do with the profiles themselves and email when getting to know a person. Of course, the risk here is that they can carefully compose something that they do not really believe in. Live chats are more spontaneous and therefore, more revealing. Still, you can still find your soulmate by taking a look at the match/friend/enemy percentages provided. The service is also one hundred percent free so you can keep looking for as long as you like. There is no monthly fee that can limit your time for looking at that one special person. I sure didn’t mind browsing and taking personality tests. OkCupid can double as an entertainment venue, after all. You can also get to know more about people based on the tests, as they have them posted in their profiles.
Oh yeah, another great feature of OkCupid is that you can make sure people you don’t like don’t get to contact you at all. Of course this is not a hundred percent accurate but will depend on what people put in their profiles. A person must match you at least fifty percent to be able to contact you. This is a relief because you wouldn’t want to be stuck with people who would just delay your chances of finding “the one.”
All in all, OkCupid offers a lot for a free site. This dating site may not help you get married but it sure aims to find you someone close to what you are looking for.