Free online dating sites vs social networking

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Free dating sites are free and often social networks are free, so is a free dating site a better online place to find your potential match or is a social network site better? Why would someone looking to date use a social network to find a date? There's no definite right or wrong answer but read on for our views!

Free dating sites and social networks are both free...aren't they?

Well yes and no. For some free dating sites although they are called 'free' you may actually have to pay for some services on the free dating site. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter etc are fee free but often have so much advertisement it can be distracting and the social network might require you to purchase one of their internal apps to find other people looking to date.

Dating friends of friends

Do you fancy your friend's friend?

Now we do NOT mean, have a look through your mate's friends on Facebook, find the ones you fancy and then start trying to contact them because you wouldn't mind going out on a date with them!

Many dating and relationships in real life are formed through being introduced to friends of friends. A social network can have lots of your friends as part of your profile. So you might get introduced to a friend of a friend when you're out socialising. Social networks can be of help if after you've already been introduced in real life, you then find the friend of a mate on the social network and 'oh I don't know if you remember me but we met in the park last Saturday' etc etc and you may start to strike up your own friendship which could lead to a date.

Online dating sites are specifically created for dating

Online dating sites are for dating

You can't get away from the fact that internet dating sites are created for people who want to date and focused on helping you to find a date and maybe a relationship from that dating. If you become a member of an internet dating site you know the other dating members on the online dating site are also looking for a date. Social networks are predominantly for socialising so they have the disadvantage that if you are looking for a date it may be more difficult to be more direct in finding other people who are looking to date. Therefore it may take a person longer to be successful in getting a date. An alternative view is that at the same time people who find a relationship or who are dating haven't necessarily been actively looking for a date. Finding a date or building a relationship can be born from a case of 'right place right time'. Dating and relationships can also sometimes turn out more successful when both or either of the people in the relationship or who are dating aren't eager to to have to have a successful date or start a relationship, because there isn't that pressure for the dating or relationship to succeed.

Little or no niche dating on a social network

Do you have particular tastes?

Everybody is different and have different needs. Niche dating can be very worthwhile if your life leads you down one particular route regarding dating or relationships. This might be things including you fancy a particular type or people, like uniform dating, or your working hours or shift pattern means you can't meet people and date on weekends. Dating can be an add-on for social networks to try and add additional services. So it may be more just a case of the people who are members of the social network who are looking at dating. At the same time though there can be more people, more members creating more conversations and topics of interest on a social networking website than on a free dating site. These forums and online conversations can help you to get to know the people who you think you might like to date.

Privacy and how private are social networks

Is dating on social networks discreet?

On a social network you may not easily have control over who of your other contacts and friends find out what activities you get involved with on the social network. That is, your friends might find out that you're dating or looking to date but you don't really want them to find out about the fact you're looking for a date because you want to keep it to yourself or be discreet about your relationship for the moment. With an online free dating site, this website is completely separate to your social network and so you can keep your privacy and be discreet about your dating. For example you might already be in a relationship who is also a friend or contact on your social network site but you don't want them to find out that you're starting to look for another date.

How often do you log into the free dating site to find your matches?

Matchmaking can mean a lot of searching

Alternatively you may be more likely to find a date on a social networking site if you use a social networking site more frequently. Free dating websites don't tend to find you a date or provide personalised matchmaking services, you have to find a potential match yourself and search the dating site database a date where is on a social networking site if you want them free. That is, internet dating sites don't tend to find you date you need to visit the website often to find a date. Therefore you have to visit the dating site a lot to find someone. But with social networking sites you can tend to visit the social network such as Facebook and Twitter more frequently, even on a daily basis. Therefore the barrier to physically searching for a potential dating match may be lower on a social network and so perhaps you may have more success at finding a date if you find it easier to do and part of your daily life and routine.


There are lots of different points of view as to whether to use an online dating site or a social networking site to help you match make and find a date, including lots of pros and cons to the two different methods. Some people will prefer the advantages offered by social networks for dating and some people will have a preference to use online dating sites, both of which will suit different kinds of people. Whether you choose to use a social networking site for matchmaking or a specific internet dating site we wish you all the best in your dating search and we hope your dating is successful.

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