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OkCupid claims it's three principles are what makes it the best site on Earth: their love of math, they're always free and everyone is welcome

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OkCupid is the fastest growing online dating site with an extremely accurate math based matching system. Users begin by making an OkCupid profile and are required to answer at least 7 questions to get started. That is not enough for the dating website to give you an accurate compatibility measurement with someone, but you may answer more questions whenever you'd like.  People can become a member of OkCupid for free either by visiting the website or downloading the mobile dating app to your device. Members can pay a subscription to be an OkCupid A-List member to receive even more features to add to their own online dating experience. 

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The Good

  • Matching Features
  • Site Features

Matching Features 

OkCupid uses a question and answer based matching system to find possible dating matches for each of their members. This includes multiple-choice questions as well as open-ended questions. Online daters can join OkCupid for free and enjoy many standard features to connect and match their profile with other members. This dating site is aimed to be a more logical choice for online daters. They use profile measures that are simple, yet still detailed to each user. As users answer questions they are matched to other users that shared similar answers. Although with great matching features, OkCupid has an extensive search bar. You can search for individuals by:

  • Looks
  • Background
  • Availability
  • Personality
  • Vices
  • Questions
  • And more

OkCupid members and staff create tests that are available for members to take while building their profile. These test also show specific insights to each dater and give members better match quality overall.

Site Features

  • Available Advertising - Members can signup to advertise with OkCupid.com by visiting www.matchmediagroup.com
  • Blocking Privileges & Reporting - Block or report users to keep your profile more private and safe from overbearing members.
  • Email Notifications - Notifies you by email anytime you have OkCupid account activity waiting.
  • Favorites - Choose and stay updated with your favorite OkCupid members.
  • Message Center - Send and keep your messages and conversations updated in one place. Organize, highlight, store, and delete messages easily.
  • Mobile Application - Works for iOS and Android.
  • Tests - Members and OkCupid staff have created hundreds of tests for members to complete.
  • Visitors - See what members have viewed your profile and when with the "Visitors" feature.
  • Matching - View possible matches with the Browse Matches and Quick Match tools.
  • Questions - Ask and answer misc. questions to get to know other members and to increase your overall matching potential.

The Bad

  • Must Pay for Best Features
  • Little Verification
  • Complaints

Must Pay for Best Features

Although it is free to set up a profile, browse profiles, and message individuals, OkCupid offers a number of excellent features that only come with a Premium OkCupid account. Features include:

  • See everyone who views your profile
  • Store up to 5k messages
  • Change your username
  • Browse while invisible
  • Advance matching and search options
  • No ads
  • Filter through messages
  • See who reads your messages
  • See who likes you

Little Verification

Users can create an account on OkCupid without any real verification. While you can create an account through Facebook, you can also do so through email (which may never be verified). You can block members, but only after they message you. OkCupid encourages users to email and report problems, but there isn't a 'report' button on individual profiles. No information on whether or not OkCupid conducts background checks on their members. This contributes to an on-going problem within the online dating service industry of numerous fake profiles and members. 

Complaints

Many of the complaints with OkCupid were not even responded to. There have been many people that have complained and written to consumer affairs about their profile randomly being deleted from the site without reason or warning. Some reports have told that OkCupid may have been distributing or selling user information from the site, which may be the reason for the profile to be deleted without say.  OkCupid claims that these profiles are only deleted if the user breaches their terms, although many users claim to have only just started their profile and they made known efforts not to breach the terms of service. Customer service has not resolved many of these issues even when they've been contacted.

Though the site makes claims to be completely free, there are limited features with the free version, and to actually use other features you will likely need to pay for a subscription. 

The Bottom Line

Though some of the features may not be standard, this online dating service offers many features free of charge that other online dating sites may charge you for. This allows members a chance to date other OkCupid members without having to subscribe. This service can be just as effective from the mobile app as well. OkCupid has an easy-to-use membership with simple features that go a long way. Be cautious about what you post to your profile, ensuring that you are following the site rules as written in their terms. Otherwise, this site could be a good option for those who want to try online dating without cost up front.

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Sophie
February 11th, 2019 American Fork, UT

Provides a nice way to meet people. The question feature helps you gauge a person before talking to them.

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Dexter
January 2nd, 2019 Beverly Hills, CA

Setting up an account is free and fairly simple... That's about it for the pros. The cons are numerous. The match algorithm is usless and when changing search settings from one extreme to the other, the same profiles pop up. The site messages it's own users to become its 'Moderators'. So, depending on what time of day your picture gets flagged at (flagged for no reason really) it will either be deleted by the apparent Bible Camp members that consider a male in a swimsuit a violation, or a woman in sexy underwear as porn... or you may have your pic left alone for another day. The lunatics run the asylum. Losers with nothing better to do than flag people all day, band together and delete members photos and profiles at random, for no real reason. The "guidlines" themselves supplied by OKC are contadictory, depending on which version you find in which area of the site or app. New Moderators crazed with their new powers flag and delete everything that isn't even in the guidelines. Even IF you have a paying membership you still have to deal with this ridiculous practice. OKC is too cheap to actually HIRE trained moderators. Customer service bots may email you back, but actually getting anywhere is hopeless. But what would you expect for free? They leave the false and phoney profiles up, while deleting the real users... if you don't pay. It ends up being worth it to just pay for another service.

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Amber C Frey
November 16th, 2018 San Diego, CA

This app is totally for one night stands only. I used it for a couple of months and the only people I talked to were pretty creepy and super up front about it. I'd prefer to meet people in the real world.

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Michael Lyman
June 2nd, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

Fake accounts everywhere, the biggest complaint of mine is that there are so many fake accounts that it's hard to decipher who is real and who isn't. They need to do a better job validating real accounts and removing fake accounts. I did like that the user had a good amount of options compared to the other sites, but as I said before you could just bypass all of these and move on with fake accounts.

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Drake Christensen
March 21st, 2017 Richardson, TX

The Match % in OKCupid is reasonably accurate and consistent. Obviously, it's not an exact science. But, just comparing the info shared in the profiles and reviewing the answers other have chosen, I find that I generally agree with their ballpark estimate. I like that they present that number to the user. For years, OKCupid was very good at shutting down bogus accounts before they could bother many people. I used to rarely see scammers or spammers. They show the number of visitors per week to my profile, and I routinely saw about 7/week. (I'm an average looking male.) The last few years, the scammers have taken over the site. I have not literally counted them, but it would not surprise me if 98% of the profiles that view mine, and 99% of the messages I receive are fakes. The number of visitors reported now is over 100. I did not suddenly become much better looking in my thumbnail. I have read that Match bought OKCupid. My experience on Match five years ago was similar. Almost every message I received there was a fake. It was usually porn spam, at that time. I believe the descent of OKCupid corresponds to when it was bought by Match. I did have an interesting conversation with support the other day. I was asking to exclude transsexuals and other "self-chosen genders" from searches presented to me. The first couple of exchanges in the conversation was Politically Correct "We believe they know best how to describe themselves." I don't have any issue with them. I just have zero interest in dating them. The point of the site is to help people find someone they're interested in. To me, they're just noise in my search. I finally got a "We'll look into it." I assume they're going to prioritize that so that it never shows up for actual implementation.

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Melissa
September 19th, 2014 Pleasant Grove, UT

I tried several dating sites while I was single for about two years, and I thought there was definitely room for improvement on OKCupid. Even though I filled out my profile thoroughly and created detailed settings, the site seemed to match me with a lot of people who didn't share similar interests or values. In addition, I received a lot of inappropriate emails from other users that I didn't receive nearly as often on other online dating sites.

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