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36 Ratings 2.73 / 5
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Quick Facts
Cost 1 Month $9.95
Very cheap
Popularity 3.4 million active users
Very popular
Gender make-up Men/women equal
(1 to 1)       
No gender bias

OkCupid is a highly popular dating site that offers the majority of its services for free. Those wishing to gain extras can upgrade their account to an A-List. This grants a number of privileges including viewing the site without ads, and the ability to browse the site anonymously.

OK Cupid is a relative newcomer in the world of dating, but is growing by leaps and bounds. They already have around 3-million users, and this ranks them one of the top dating sites in the world. While Plentyoffish is still significantly larger, with around 6-million active users, the modern layout and wealth of features you'll find at OkCupid are the likely reasons for its growing popularity.



OKCupid is a technology-rich site. The range of options and features can be a little overwhelming at first.


Joining the site

The site remains free for all users. Creating a profile is quick and easy and will gain you access to the majority of features. An optional upgrade, to A-List status, is available and this grants certain extra privileges in addition to those enjoyed by basic users. It's also possible to purchase a membership upgrade, as a gift, for any other member on the site.

The site lists personal profiles for single, gay and bi individuals from all over the United States and many other countries. Each profile has a description of what they are looking for, who they are, what interests they have and the ability to post pictures. You can search by location, or you can pick a hotlist of the most active and newest members from around the country. The panel on the left will suggest profiles “you might like” according to your settings.



Services and features

OKCupid is a technology-rich site. The range of options and features can be a little overwhelming at first. Nevertheless, most features are easy to get the hang of once tried. The layout is a little unconventional. Searches are made by selecting the “Matches button”. Here, two alternative searches can be found, namely “Match Search”, and “Quick Match”.



Quick Match

Choosing Quick Match lets the site's matchmaking system select members who might be a good choice for you. This option will display photos one-after-another. You can rate, save or skip to the next photo. For those who have low-speed internet connections, QuickMatch can actually become SlowMatch since the detailed graphics in the photo gallery can take a long-time to display.



Match Search

This is the site's all-in-one search system. Here you can choose the profiles you want quickly using the drop downs at the top of the page. The first lets you choose gender and sexual preference, the next age range, and the third lets you specify their location. Initially, the search will show members within 25 miles of your home town. To change this, just type the name of a city or town in the “Near…” box and you'll be shown people living near your chosen location.

MatchSearch provides a number other ways to really narrow your search down to every last detail. The advanced option let's you choose physical attributes of your match such as eye-color and height as well as who they are looking for.

Items highlighted in red are only available to paying members. Saving searches is also available to paying members.

To get the most out of the matchmaking tools, it's necessary to have a complete profile. In case your profile is a little “thin” in some areas, you'll be prompted at various times to “improve you matches”. This will enable you to add more specific information about yourself, and the type of person you're looking for.



Treasure Tests and the Toy Bin

OkCupid offers several online games and test that are there for enjoyment as well as learning. MyBestFace is a unique tool that lets you discover your ideal photograph.

To take part, you'll need to upload several photos of yourself and also rate other people's photos. The final report will show you how different user-groups rated your different photos and collectively which they thought was the best one.

There are also numerous personality and dating persona tests for you to take and examine of other users.



Concluding

OkCupid is one of the most feature-rich sites available and this is even more remarkable when one considers the site is free. It is more popular with the younger crowd and will appeal to those who enjoy the latest gadgets and gizmos.

By Tara Miller

Rating from 36 customers

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    Jessica_2280August 1st, 2016

    Recommended

    OKCupid may have a dumb name, but it's the best site out there, free or not. Just read their blog post about why you should never use pay sites--it creates disincentives for making the best matchmaking site. I met my fiance on OKCupid. We had a high match percentage based on the many relevant questions. Sure, some of the questions are dumb, but you can skip any you want to. In any case, it worked for me and my fiance. He tried eHarmony and Match and they matched him on really dumb things with people who were not right for him at all. So I'd say give OKCupid a try.
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    mrsSK71September 24th, 2014

    Avoid

    My husband and i have been married for the last 4 years, I know his internet habits.. For some reason okcupid still has him as an active member!! We have requested his photos and his account be removed ,even tried the delete option ..yet its still active!! My husband does not use an internet accessible phone,nor does he get into his email or any website without me seeing what he is looking at (we are extremely close and do everything together).

    Over the last year with repeated attempts ,we have tried to get this profile removed ,yet it fails. Today i checked his email and okcupid is FINALLY DEACTIVATING this account!!

    This web site has caused issues!! we would greatly appreciate this finally being deactivated as ,we have had to change his email,and switch all of our online billing information ..and we all know that can be very time consuming!! thanks Mrs Sonnyknights71
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    lotusqn29March 3rd, 2012

    Below average

    I always have trouble with login in this site. When I logged in this site for the second time, it seems not allow me to access. I don't know why since I haven't broken its rules. I hate the notice "Sorry, we're having technical difficulties right now. Check back later".

    Anyone can help me to access this site. I'm living in Vietnam.
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    nancyfranksJanuary 23rd, 2012

    Useless

    Ok cupid mess up half the time. They will block your profile without a cause. They also will delete you off there for no reason. They don't reply back to you when you send them any emails .Ok cupid suck bad.
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    Chris_4734January 9th, 2012

    Below average

    I have used OkCupid on and off for several years and can honestly say that this website is full of shallow women. You will not have any success sending messages to women unless you are at least 6 feet tall and gorgeous. I know this is the case because I am an intelligent, honest and caring guy who is funny and employed in a career earning 90k a year, but because I am 5 foot 8 and not so good looking, women never reply to my messages.

    I don't choose women who are too hot for me, nor young party girls. I send many many messages to women who are age appropriate, who are intelligent and seem down to earth. My messages are short, funny and flirty and - most importantly - show that I read her profile and that we have some things in common. Yet, after hundreds of messages, I have never had a women reply to me.

    Out of frustration, I created a fake profile on OkCupid and posted pictures of a male model and set his height to 6 foot 2. Without even sending a single message as this unrealistically hot guy, dozens of women were falling all over each other to get his attention. Even if his profile makes him sound like a self-centered jerk who cheats on his gf, women ignored those major personality flaws and even offered their phone numbers, unsolicited.

    Bottom line is, OkCupid does not work for men shorter than 6 feet tall who aren't gorgeous. Tall and beautiful men have no problems getting women on the site, and I believe even homely women can find an interested male. But short and not-so-good-looking men don't have a chance, no matter what their personality is like.
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    AllanLoftJanuary 10th, 2012

    Below average

    Replied to Chris_4734 @Chris I found this letter interesting because it points up a couple of issues:

    One is that a false profile was posted, using photos of a male model, so we can assume that if it happened once, it has probably happened other times too.

    Another issue raised is that of the male/female ratio, which there has been a lot of conjecture about. OkCupid has claimed 59% of members are male, but the membership tends to think otherwise. My guess would be two-thirds are male, but I've heard guesses up to a ratio of 5 to 1 (male dominated).

    And finally, we read in this letter that some males have an awful lot of trouble meeting women through this site.
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    someguyJanuary 3rd, 2012

    Useless

    All this site did for me was waste hours answering questions that left me with matches that did not respond. What is the point of even matching someone if you aren't going to follow through? The site seemed like a game. It is heavily focused on answering the questions to fill a bar that tells you how "complete" your profile is, which seems to never fill up and never runs out of questions. The few responses I got were rude and obnoxious. One going as far as to comment on my facial hair and how she refuses to date men with beards. For starters I can easily shave and second if you're that shallow on a dating site you deserve to be alone. In short, people's lives and emotions are not games unlike this atrocity of a site.
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    gen5starJune 20th, 2014

    Just average

    Replied to someguy It's no joke about those "endless" match-up questions... I just spent God only knows how long rifling through those things, answering 300 total, and "skipping" at least a good 60 or 70 totally irrelevant or overly vague ones in addition, and the blasted thing still kept trying to tell me that I'd completed ONLY "99.7%" of the questions, where I'd been stuck at for about the past 40 questions prior! What were they waiting for me to do... to get to the point where I'd eventually have to solve the hidden riddles of the Universe or something?

    Granted, I just finished "registering" so I cannot honestly comment on its usefulness right now, but I have at least determined that "so far" it does seem to be catering to a "younger" "under-40" crowd... at least as far as the females are concerned, which is just fine with me as my age-limit is set at 36, but for those guys seeking someone a bit more mature they may have to do a lot of weeding out.
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    Cre47December 7th, 2011

    Just average

    A colleague at work suggested me this site and quite frankly I should have knew that much earlier. The lower rating is due to the disappointment of not having as many people responding even though it is free. But it is better than the other sites I've being so far.
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    CrsyatlJanuary 1st, 2011

    Above average

    Personally, I love this site because it's casual. I can meet some here because I want to be friends, because I just want a hook-up or because I want something serious. Unlike most online dating sites this one has many young users so if you're in your twenties or early thirties then great. Anything older than that, then I cannot comment. I've had far more positive experiences using this site than negative. I've been a member since I was 18 (almost 22 now), a fan of the sites owners since age 13 (and lying about being 16). As a young person who moves a lot this is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. Once again though, based on my experience, this site is more for the younger crowd.
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    Rob_2939November 16th, 2010

    Useless

    Lots and Lots of immature people are attracted to this site for their silly and banal "tests". This is the big problem, and when you read the journals, most of them are by-and-large negative and slamming on the opposite sex. It is disproportionally heavy on the 18-24 year olds, who are all nasty, rude, and not serious about meeting someone. Plus, the site is politically left-leaning, with a focus on bisexuality, and their "questions" lead you to answer a certain way. This site also attracts a lot of cam-girl scams, fake profiles, and being that it is free, it doesn't filter out the losers. Not recommended. This site is no better than MySpace---way too many kids.
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    PirateAugust 30th, 2010

    Recommended

    This is a great service.
    why?
    1) It's free, so okcupid doesn't have incentive to nickle and dime you, or even gasp, keep you from getting in a relationship to get you to pay for a membership longer.
    2) they display how old profiles are, you can sort by last login, and profile newness
    3) the match making system is pretty good if you are truthful about answering questions. This eliminates most spam profiles because they are below my rating filter.
    4) they have a great blog telling you tips about online dating and overall statistics to design a better dating profile. Things like take pictures with a nice camera and don't make everything blurry.
    5) they match people up who are relatively the same level of statistical attractiveness. If you have an attractive profile, you will be shown other more statistically attractive profiles. This means less clutter from people you would most likely find unattractive.
    6) you can set up filters so creepy people outside your age range can't contact you
    7) its simple to use
    8) it has a great phone app for iphone or android
OKCupid 2.73 36 A review of OKCupid. OkCupid is a highly popular dating site that offers the majority of its services for free. Those wishing to gain extras can upgrade their account to an A-List.