While people used to meet mostly through friends, says Reuben J.
Thomas, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Mexico, “that’s been sharply on the decline since the advent of the Internet.” The dating industry is now worth about .4 billion, with revenue split between advertising and subscription services, up revenue up around 5% per year, according to a report by research firm IBISWorld.
S., ( a month) and e Harmony ( a month), users can save by signing on for, say, a six-month bundle ( per month and per month, respectively).
And some sites, like Plentyof and Ok Cupid, offer basic membership for free.
A decade ago, many sites were free or had minimal fees of around a month.
(charged .95 per month when it launched in 1995.) e Harmony, launched in 2000 and marketed toward people seeking long-term relationships, blazed a trail with its prices, charging some of the highest in the industry, says Mark Brooks, a dating-industry analyst and the editor of Online Personals Watch.
Our Premium memberships provide fuller site access.
All of our packages allow one to upload profile photos – a fantastic way to get other users interested in your profile and in what you have to say.
Normally what the sites offer is a free trial period of say three days, or the opportunity to create a free profile.
If you have a profile other members can see it and contact you.
Premium membership gives more features, offering “Verified Member” status, a more in-depth personality profile, read receipts for messages, and the ability to search through other profiles via the ‘Have you met…’ feature.
Full a full visual comparison of the different options, please refer to the chart below.
It’s the most effective way to go from first message to first date – and, perhaps, to lasting love.