There is literally nothing to lose by logging onto PlentyofFish.com, a 100%-free, online dating site that draws plenty (78,250 on a Friday afternoon, to be exact) of fish. It takes less that ten minutes to set up a profile, which is appropriately string-bare–after all, no one said quality comes free!
What does come for free is access to thousands upon thousands of singles people, including instant message and e-mail privileges. Users can sift through profiles using basic search options. Users can adjust e-mail options to filter content from members who don't fulfill their needs (like not being male, or living overseas).Users can exclude members they've already viewed and still get a large pool of eligible profiles. For match-making help, users can take a Chemistry Predictor quiz comprised of 48 seemingly-minute questions about self-confidence, family orientation, self-control, openness and easygoingness. PlentyofFish uses the results–which are pretty general so don't expect any real breakthroughs–to make matches on your behalf. There is also a 100-question Relationship Needs Assessment Test, which can't hurt if you've got the time!
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Users may not have time! After all, the PlentyofFish community is not just large, but active. Forums on every topic under the sun (or sea, for that matter) draw thousands of views and replies. Users can also rate or submit a photo to be rated on a scale of one to ten (in case you have any question as to whether you’d make a good catch!). When a good catch is found, users can send one of two monthly roses.
While search results tend to yield many users, browsing through profiles can be a painful process due to horribly skewed thumbnails. While the faces of users may be difficult to discern, it's easy to contact a member (sight unseen!). Under each thumbnail is a link to instant message the user. Clicking yields a –free!– instant message box that encourages contact rather than idle stalking. Best part: if you're slow thinking up pick up lines for complete strangers–and no shame there; it happens to the best of us!–you can opt to send an automated message such as "Hey there."
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If you find your conversation is a bridge to nowhere despite compatability on paper, no worries. You're one click away from viewing similar users.