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Dating Sites for Christians: Know What You’re Getting From Each Site
By: Johanna Braun
Finding love online can be tough for Christian singles. Many of the Christian dating sites have a limited number of active users, especially if you live in a small town, so could it be worth it to venture to some of the bigger sites?
Believe it or not, there are great Christian matches to be found on some of the secular dating sites. If you’re looking to get on the right track in the online dating world, let's take a look at some of the top dating sites and compare them to see where the gold—or lack thereof—can be found.
Zoosk is an online dating platform launched in 2007. The platform appeals to millennials on account of its social-media feel, and in 2015, it was even recognized as the #1 dating app in the world. There are currently 38 million members that send over 3 million messages per day.
With Zoosk, you see one profile at a time. This lets you focus on your matches individually without being overwhelmed. You can also send flirts, messages, winks, and even gifts, although those are a bit kitsch. The site also works for you by matching you with increasingly more compatible members as you use it.
More than half of Zoosk users are located in the U.S., but it’s also becoming increasingly popular in Canada and the U.K. Many people have found lasting relationships on Zoosk, but it does still have the reputation of a casual dating site. The best part for Christians is the option to set your profile and preferences according to religious affiliation. This ensures your matches reflect your beliefs as well as theirs.
- Signup is quick and simple
- Move easily from one profile to the next
- Smart matches pair you with increasingly compatible users
- No detailed questionnaire
- No video chat or other chat rooms available
Established in 1995, Match is one of the oldest dating sites around. It serves over 24 countries in 15 different languages, so if you're multilingual or looking for someone who is, this one might be right for you. The site is known for appealing to all types of daters from the most casual to the most serious.
Defining features include daily matches, a user-friendly mobile app, and detailed information about all of your potential dates. There’s even a detailed quiz that helps pair you with the best matches possible.
Once you get used to the interface, Match is pretty easy to navigate. The best part? There is an advanced search option where you can apply a religion filter to narrow your results based on Christianity.
- Describe exactly who you’re looking for
- Define your personal values and narrow searches accordingly
- Access the world’s largest pool of online daters
- 24 hours needed before the profile is activated
- The site can be visually and functionally overwhelming
OurTime is dedicated to mature singles. The site has over 1 million users and is also connected to two other well-known senior dating sites, so you will have a large pool of potential connections. OurTime caters especially to Christian needs as well. The Mymatch feature helps you connect with those who are like-minded, and should use the search function to narrow your results by religion.
The site is clean and well-structured, making it easy to use even among those who can't “speak internet.” If you're in the over-50 category, the site can be a great option whether you’re looking for a relationship, marriage, penpal, or general companion.
- Interact with users by messages, chat, and flirts
- Add users to your favorites list
- See who has viewed your profile, Fave’d you, flirted with you, or liked your photos
- Not enough features for some
- Free members can’t access many features
EliteSingles is known for catering to educated professionals, with 67% of its members carrying a bachelor's, a master's, or a doctoral degree. It also caters to those looking for a long-term relationship. Features include a relationship preferences category and a 5-factor personality questionnaire. It asks questions about your main character qualities, lifestyle, and desired qualities in a partner. There is also a search category where you can narrow your matches by religion, making it ideal for Christians. And if you're looking for a Ph.D. holder or someone with a healthy bank account, look no further.
- Send a smile, a message, or icebreaker questions
- Connect with highly educated and successful matches
- Spam guards remove inactive profiles and detect fraud
- Costs more than other sites
- No app version available for mobile phones
eHarmony is a comprehensive site that does pretty much all of the heavy lifting for you, eliminating the guesswork and learning about your innermost desires. So sit back, enjoy some popcorn, and let eHarmony find your perfect mate. It also accounts for an average of 542 marriages every day.
First, you have to complete a comprehensive personality test; it takes a while to complete, but it’s worth it. Few other dating sites are so invested in finding the most perfect matches for their users.
- User forums
- A helpful dating advice section
- Suggested conversation starters
- List your “must-haves” and “can't stands” for a relationship
- No search option
- Can only contact you daily matches
If you are young and you’re looking to meet new people and enjoy yourself, you may want to try Zoosk. If you are over 50 and you’re looking to meet someone, you might look no further than OurTime. If you are looking for compatibility and long-term relationships, Match and eHarmony are probably your best bets. All of these sites cater to Christian needs, making finding love online as a Christian easier than ever. You can always sign up for several options and cast a wide net. The important thing is that you get out there, introduce yourself, and have fun.
To learn more about these and other popular dating platforms for Christians, check out our breakdown of the top online dating sites.
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