This is the real heart of online dating (anyone could sift through profiles on their own) and some sites do it better than others.Since our tester was a straight woman, her experience with dating sites is weighted more toward receiving messages than sending messages.Avoid being generic with clichés like ‘live, laugh, love’ or ‘I like to laugh and have fun.’” One way for a site to help users avoid that trap is to offer lots of fill-in-the-blanks and multiple-choice questions — that way, you don’t have to come up with any clever turns of phrase.

(That’s right: Most of the big dating sites are owned by the same company.) It’s impossible to know how many users are active on which sites. In its 2015 Series 1 filing, Match Group acknowledged “a meaningful shift in [its] user base from desktop devices to mobile devices” with 68 percent of new users signing up via mobile channels.

We turned to Alexa, a web-traffic analytics company, to better assess how many people are on each site clicking around, and culled those with below-average numbers: fewer than a million active users in the US. We can assume those numbers apply to most online dating sites.

If one catches your eye, you should certainly add it to the mix.

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We also didn’t evaluate anything marketed as primarily for hookups — the best dating sites facilitate all sorts of relationships, from friendship to long-term monogamy and everything in between.

We found 68, from Alikewise to Zoosk, and started analyzing their user bases, functionality, quality, and cost to find our top picks.

She kept a detailed log of every view, like, wink, fave, and message she received. Good online dating profiles are both extremely important and surprisingly hard to find.

Dolor says, “When online dating, people skim through profiles, so it’s important to stand out in the crowd.

The best sites strike a balance between both approaches.