A reader recently reminded me why dating websites are not always worth their
monthly fees. She writes that since she signed up for one over a month ago,
she still has not found a suitable match. Yet, as a senior, she says she
would like online dating to work out since it is easier than trying to meet
people in person. (And you don't have to be a senior for that to be true-few
people enjoy trying to find dates in dark, loud bars.)
Online dating sites can work, but you have to be smart about it. The Better
Business Bureau reported a sharp increase in complaints about dating
websites earlier this year, and recommends being wary of advertisements that
claim "exclusive" communities or other potential exaggerations.
I'm also going to share another tip, courtesy of a friend who found her own
serious boyfriend online after trying out two different dating websites. For
a first meet-up, stick with short coffee dates, she says. You'll often know
within the first 10 minutes whether you click with someone, and if you
don't, there's no point in wasting time and money to find out just how badly
you are matched.