Dropping an extra per month (or, if you prefer, for half a year) unlocks messaging, so you can actually use your words and not just your favorite music to woo those you find desirable.You’ll add a list of favored artists to your profile, and you can fill in answers to generic statements like “If I had a million dollars, I would…” or “When I was 13, my favorite band was…” Frankly, Tastebuds’ list of features and its lack of matching algorithms make it inferior to most popular dating sites, but it’s a cool, unique twist that music lovers will appreciate.You don’t need to continually monitor your profile or dig through pages and pages of prospective matches.
Signing up for a premium membership nets you a few bonus features, like invisible browsing and message storage.
Ok Cupid claims it will never post to Facebook, but other sites have made similar claims only to mysteriously appear on your Facebook feed, so just sign up with an email address if that makes you nervous.
Zoosk is free to join, and in lieu of a traditional subscription, you can pay for packs of “coins” to boost your profile, which increases visibility to members of your target demographic.
Coin packs cost between $10 and $50, with value scaling up as you buy more.
Taste in music can be a deal maker or deal breaker.
You might have a million things in common with someone, but as soon as they let slip that they prefer Slipknot to Sondheim, a budding relationship can wilt quickly.
There’s even a mobile app, Hater, that’ll hook you up with prospective partners based on stuff you both can’t stand (if mobile apps are more your speed, we’ve got you covered there too).
With so many options, though, diving into the deep end can be daunting. Check out our finds for the best online dating sites.
The “Smart Match” feature asks you questions — stuff like “would you date someone with kids?
” — to whittle down the list of potential matches, and it works pretty well.
It also means you don’t have as much control as with other sites.