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A new type of online dating site is emerging and changing the face of internet dating as we know it. This new breed of dating site, called a 'relationship site' has several characteristics that distinguish it from the more traditional online personals sites with which you are familiar. In this article, WebPersonalsOnline.com is going to list the characteristics of relationship sites, as well as those of the more traditional online dating sites in an effort to distinguish the similarities and differences between these two types of dating sites.
Characteristics of Traditional Online Dating Sites
Let's take a look at some of the distinguishing characteristics of traditional dating sites like Match.com
Characteristics of Relationship Sites
Now we'll examine some characteristics of these newer, relationship sites and explore the similarities and differences between these two types of matchmaking sites.
Personality profiles are generally a requirement to membership
Free browsing of profiles may not be allowed
Sites like eHarmony typically provide you with your compatibility matches, you don't select them
Relationship sites may reject you if your personality profile does not generate any matches (even if you DO have a credit card!)
Members are more inclined to be seeking a serious relationship
Tend to be slightly more expensive than traditional online dating sites (but what isn't more expensive in today's economy?)
Generally have more female members
Median income of members tends to be higher
So to review, traditional online dating sites generally have a large membership base with single men and women who all have different motivations for joining the site. Certainly there are members who are seeking long-tern relationships, but others may be simply looking for friendship or just someone to date. Barriers to joining a traditional online dating site, like Match.com, are also lower and really only require someone to meet the minimum age requirement and have a valid credit card.
Relationship sites, on the other hand, have members who have a more singular purpose for joining, which is to meet someone for a long-term relationship. Most relationship sites, like eHarmony, require potential members to complete personality profiles, which are detailed questionnaires about each individual member. Some relationship sites do the matching for you, unlike traditional online dating sites that let you browse all member profiles and contact whomever you wish. Finally, another difference between online dating sites and relationship sites is that relationship sites tend to be a little pricier. Click here for a detailed breakdown of subscription prices at all of the major online dating and relationship sites.
We hope you have found something useful from this article, Dating Sites Versus Relationship Sites. If you think it could benefit others who may be undecided about which type of online dating site to join, please feel free to recommend it!
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