Every day over 4 million people use Plenty of Fish (POF). The dating site averages around 1 billion messages sent each month, which is more conversations than any other dating site. Since 2003, Plenty of Fish has been a pioneer in free dating, because the industry is always changing, POF is continually evolving its business to match.
Plenty of Fish is available in 11 languages and more than 20 countries via the dating app for iOS and Android devices.
A few other stats about POF include:
Keep reading for pros and cons of using this online dating service.
Other online dating sites allow users to sign up for free and then charge them to look at other profiles or send messages. While POF does offer a subscription, all major features are entirely free. Free accounts can message as many people as they want, search profiles and create a profile entirely for free. No matter the type of relationship a member is looking for — long lasting relationship, new friends, or just browsing through potential dates — Plenty of Fish states that the site's most popular features are completely free and always will be.
Those with a free account can even conduct an advanced search with this online dating website. This is helpful for daters who are looking for someone who matches their specific criteria and allows them to narrow down potential matches.
The advanced search lets members filter by several factors, including:
Sometimes a message is sent to a user's inbox that is spam or is filled with inappropriate content. Plenty of Fish allows its members to block another member or report the user for their behavior.
Blocking another user means they cannot contact the person that blocked them (though they can still search their name on the site). Reporting someone means the POF team will carefully investigate their account for suspicious activity. All reports are strictly confidential.
Members can report others for the following reasons:
The Plenty of Fish dating site states that the best way to be successful on POF is to become an Upgraded Member. Members will enjoy several exclusive benefits while using the mobile app, which can lead to more messages and profile views. The benefits of a premium account are as follows:
Plenty of Fish offers members the Relationship Chemistry Predictor, which measures five dimensions of one's personality traits that have been determined essential for building a romantic relationship.
The test asks a variety of different questions and measures:
An entire section of the POF dating site is dedicated to sharing stories of online daters who tried this service and found their perfect match. While not imperative to the site, it is nice to see online dating stories that worked out. It can also encourage people who are currently online dating to not give up.
Standard in the online dating industry, to get more views, likes, swipes, and taps on their profile, members will have to purchase a paid membership, credits, tokens, or coins.
In this respect, Plenty of Fish is no different from most other dating sites and apps. While users of the free dating app and site have a lot of online dating capabilities (more than many other sites), if they really want their online profile to stand out, they will need to purchase tokens or an online membership.
With tokens, members have access to premium features such as send a super yes, which tells the other person they are extremely interested, they can highlight themselves (helping to catch more users attention), and they can send a priority message. Members can purchase 1, 5, or 10 tokens at a time. Token packages are billed in full at the time of purchase and expire after 6 months.
Joining a subscription membership and using the premium services will also increase the likelihood of other online daters seeing a profile. Members can sign up for:
*Subscription prices are in U.S. dollars. The prices may vary in countries other than the U.S. and are subject to change without notice.
A POF subscription plan will automatically renew unless daters cancel. If the subscription is canceled early, daters will continue to have access to the benefits until the end of the subscription period. While this is fairly standard for many online dating websites, it is something that often can surprise users.
Also, be aware that canceling a subscription does not delete your profile or account.
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