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Dating sites to use to find a partner

A couple on a dateUp until a few years ago it would have seemed embarrassing to let slip that you’d met your better half on a dating site. Not so these days and with a site to cater for every taste in dating genres, you can learn everything you need to know about a potential mate before you’ve even stepped through the front door. With increased work commitments and less free time, more and more people are looking to dating sites now in order to find a partner and with literally thousands of online profiles, where do you start?

Well, the key is to ask yourself what you are looking for and once you’ve answered that you can bet there is a dating site to provide it. Whether your predilection is a man or woman in a uniform, a toyboy or simply some company for the night, I’ve picked a few of my favourites and kept a couple of surprises for last.

For all you ladies of a certain age who fancy a younger man, the original and by far the best site for hooking up with a toyboy is toyboywarehouse.com. Founded by business woman Julia MacMillan who started the dating site because there was nothing like it on the internet a few years ago, this site features an online bar where you can chat in real-time to other members, a lively forum and the chance to vote for your ‘Hottie of the Week’ in the hopes he/she will win a two-week free upgrade. A classy friendly free dating site with a fun community.

If you are not necessarily looking for love and romance but something a little more less permanent say weforgetdinner.co.uk - dating site say, forgetdinner.co.uk is exactly as the title suggests. Members on this site are only really interested in one thing, and it is not dinner and long-term relationships. Expect to receive quite explicit messages and pictures if you sign up to this dating site (don’t say I didn’t warn you, I really did research this!) Oh and ladies, membership is free at the moment.

eHarmony.co.uk however is apparently the perfect site for all us hopeless romantics out there. I’m sure we’ve all seen the adverts by now. You find your perfect partner by filling in the extensive questionnaire and you will be www.eharmony.com - dating sitematched with a potentially compatible member. One of the problems I found with this site was you cannot actually message other members if they have not been previously matched with you by the site. Another is that the matches are unrealistic in terms of distance and age. Quite expensive by other sites standards and not one of the best in my opinion.

Fancy a bit of rough and tumble in the hay? No problem, we have a site for that. Muddymatches.co.uk is relatively new so does not have that many profiles at present but don’t let that put you off. What I like about this site is the layout; its dead easy to navigate and very user-friendly. I also love the ‘muddie to townie’ ratio visible on members profiles so you can see exactly how much of a countryside-lover your potential date really is.

Also new to the dating scene is zoosk.com. Aimed at a younger audience and connected to Facebook, members comment that it doesn’t really feel like a dating site, more a chatty forum and friends site. It has funky layout and cool tools as well. You can upload a video of yourself and chat in real-time to friends.

Whatever free dating site you decide to sign up to, remember, stay safe, always meet in a public place and tell a friend or family member where you are going and who you are meeting. Have fun!

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