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List of Free Dating Sites

by Karie Lapham Fay

With the rise of the internet, dating has experienced a few changes. Instead of the traditional options, people can go online and look for the mate they desire. To fill this demand, online dating sites have exploded onto the scene. There are many free sites available for the single and looking.

Yahoo! Personals

Yahoo! Personals is free, but has more options for paid members. Free members are allowed to send 'flirt' messages chosen from a list, view profiles and create their own listing with pictures. Paid members can send messages that free members can respond to. Yahoo! Personals has very little screening of members, but reaches a wide variety of people everywhere.

Match.com

Match.com offers a greater variety of search options. You can create a profile, complete with pictures, and view those who meet your preferences, those who indicate you meet their preferences or simply search by region. Match.com also has an extensive archive of dating tips and advice. Match.com offers an instant messaging service along with basic email services, with limits for free members. However, even free members can indicate interest in others.

Matchmaker

Matchmaker targets the more mature dater--typically over 35-years-old--and those who look for serious relationships and marraige. Members complete questionnaires, such as "what would your ideal date consist of?" and are matched according to responses. Matchmaker also allows free members to send and receive email, but instant messaging is only available to paid members.

American Singles

American Singles, also known as Spark, offers a rarity in online dating: totally free contacting. While the number people you can contact per day can be somewhat limited, the options are numerous; you can post on the message board, use the instant messenger or contact other users via email. American Singles also has a 24-hour support number.

OK Cupid

OK Cupid is another totally free dating service. With online matching technology, you can determine what dating style you have and get matched to someone similar. You can create a profile, search for matches, email and even chat for free. There are also just-for-fun quizzes, such as a personality defect quiz.

Mingles

Mingles offers a relatively extensive free membership. Free members are allowed to create a profile, add pictures and even create an audio voice greeting. You can send and receive emails, join a chat room to mingle with other potential daters or post on a message board. Paid members have even more options to contact others.

Christian Dating For Free

Christian Dating For Free is intended for Christian singles to meet and find love and companionship. The site is totally free, and you can fill out a profile, attach a picture and start searching immediately. It also has free emails and chat rooms. They advise you to notify the website if you find anything objectionable in a profile so that they may review the problem.

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