Users’ contact details may be shared with third parties for advertising

14th April 2022

Users' contact details may be shared with third parties for advertising

By posting information and photos on a profile page or any public area of the eHarmony website, users automatically agree that eHarmony can retain and use their information indefinitely, unless they tell eHarmony otherwise.

Pricing issues

eHarmony doesn't disclose the price of its plans until after you've filled out their onerous survey, by which point you may have invested hours. While most other sites offer a one- or two-month subscription, eHarmony's shortest subscription plan is six months. The longest is a 24-month membership, which could appeal to bargain-hunting users, but locks users in for an extended period of time. The question to ask is: if I'm still using the site 24 months later, has it been worth the (not insignificant) fees charged?

Oasis

Unique features: Oasis is one of the few sites that offers virtually all features for free. (There are a few paid features but they don't give you any additional access to profiles or chat.)

Matching: users describe their personality, interests and hobbies and select criteria for their ideal partner. They can then search for suitable matches.

How much does Oasis cost?

You can use Oasis for free, and you'll have access to all member profiles and unlimited chat. Or you can choose to pay small amounts for additional benefits, such as:

Privacy

By signing up, users agree that all profile information is public – including photos – and so automatically grant an irrevocable and ongoing licence for the company to use and distribute any information posted or transmitted on the site. In effect, this means users' photos, aliases and other personal details can be used in advertising, online and off, although it's possible to opt out of this by updating privacy options in the account settings portal on the website.

You can connect your Facebook account to your Oasis account, but Oasis says it won't post anything to your timeline.

Security

A spokesperson says all profiles and pictures are manually checked to ensure the information provided is accurate. The company also does background www.besthookupwebsites.org/escort/jersey-city profile checks to reduce the amount of scammers that join the site.

OkCupid

Angle: OkCupid claims to use a math-based matching system to help users find partners. After completing a basic profile and matching questions, users can elect to fill out hundreds of optional broad-reaching questions – like if they'd date a messy person, whether they like dogs, or even how often they brush their teeth. The more questions you answer on your profile, the better the matching system becomes, the company says.

Unique features: You can select which gender/s you're interested in, and what kinds of connections – hook-ups, friendship, short- or long-term dating, and non-monogamy. OkCupid had the most gender, sexuality and relationship preferences of all the sites we looked at, so it's a good option if you don't identify as heterosexual, cisgender or monogamous.

Matching: Potential matches are rated by a "Match Percentage" based on who you're looking for, what they're looking for, and how similarly you both answer questions that you mark as important. Users can then flick through one potential match at a time, search for users based on specific criteria including gender, age and distance or browse all potential matches using the discover feature.

How much does OkCupid cost?

OkCupid has free and paid A-list memberships. According to the company, the site is designed so that a free account doesn't hinder your use of the site – you don't need the paid features to use the site.

A-list: $US for one month; $US per month for three months; $US9.95 per month for six months. A-list members can access the site ad-free, get additional match search options, send unlimited likes, get message-read receipts and see the full list of people who like them.