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Is Match.com an effective dating service in 2022?

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Match.com

Our Match.com Review

Match is an online dating service serving over 50 countries in twelve languages. Its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas, and the company has offices in Dallas, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing. Match is owned by Match Group, which owns several innovative online dating services: Tinder, Match.com, OkCupid, and PlentyOfFish, totaling over 45 global dating companies. But the flagship brand, Match, is still their most successful.

The landing page informs us that we've arrived at the correct location to begin our evaluation; the tone and imagery are ideal for the multi-million advertising dollars spent on television, radio, newspapers, magazines, public transportation, street billboards, and online. It's clear that they adore telling their stories of love and how it has benefited them. Their message is focused on their success tales, which reassure any visitors that the company's reputation stems from being a fantastic dating site rather than anything negative. The success stories have their own page on the site, including highlighted dating case studies and a dynamically updated list of new relationships that have started thanks to Match.com, with several added daily.

It's worth noting that no other dating site offers as much assistance to its members as Match.com. The Dating Advice area is large and up to date. In addition, there is a separate Blog on which several dating 'experts' have published articles to provide further guidance for online dating.

 

The User Experience of Match

Match.com provides some unique benefits for members. For example, it allows you to search and attend offline singles events organized by Match & their partners, which adds another excellent way to meet someone and enables users to meet new people in person rather than through the internet. And importantly, attending offline events is a free add-on to your subscription, making it even more beneficial.

The members' area isn't as stylish and trendy as you might think. In fact, it's rather messy. The good news is that much of the mess comes from features, although nothing particularly spectacular or inventive. For example, the option of paying for incognito browsing means you won't generate automatic emails to the individuals you're looking at and can choose who gets to know that you've looked them up. There's also a 'Boost' option, which increases the visibility of your profile in searches for daily micropayments.

The free personality profile and compatibility tests that are accessible through connected sister site 'Affinity' are somewhat more intriguing, but any interaction requires an upgrade. In fact, sending a wink to other singles, for example, is just one of the numerous things that require payment on Match. One of the absolutely free features (besides searching profiles) is the 'Shuffle' option, which is a 'hot or not' style method for going through a lot of people in little time. Even so, this is hardly unique; we've seen it on other dating sites, and it's the core idea behind another of Match Group's sister companies, Tinder.

Conclusion - Is Match.com Worth Joining?

Even in the face of increased competition from other dating sites, there's no question that Match.com is still the industry's undisputed ruler, based on this evaluation. We wanted to know if this royal title has been deservedly earned or is simply a side effect of having a big parent company with the capacity to spend enormous sums on marketing that other internet dating businesses could only envy. In most cases, however, it's probably a mix of both. There's no doubt that the success stories and reputation enhance the feeling that you're in good hands on this site, and your membership fees aren't being wasted. Still, there's no doubting that the world's most popular brand could do more with its technology and innovative features. 

To summarize, if you're searching for a safe bet, Match.com is the place to go. We even came to the following comparison -  it's more like a warm cup of tea, comforting, simple, and familiar, but not something that will make your heart race and your head spin every time you take a sip.

As always, we recommend utilizing many online dating sites at once to increase your chances of finding a partner. Ignore those who claim that all you need is a profile page and some pictures to find dates. Patience is required, as even the greatest sites take time to bring you matches. Change sites every few months (or whenever you feel you've run out of new singles in your area to chat to). Good luck!

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