Online dating is kind of the best thing that ever happened to introverts.

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JulieQ
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Online dating is kind of the best thing that ever happened to introverts.

Post by JulieQ » Tue Dec 29, 2020 16:44

You can now scan for a potential mate without ever leaving the comfort zone that is your couch. Of course, eventually you'll need to get up and actually go on a date. But hey, it's better than trying to find a single cutie in the dive bar crowd or approaching a random person in a coffee shop.

Being introverted doesn't necessarily mean you're shy, but if you are a little more reserved than outgoing, dating apps can be a great way to make a first move without feeling like you're putting yourself out there too much.

Tinder seems to be the go-to for anyone dabbling with online dating, but it's not automatically an easy place to socialize just because it's behind a screen. It's crowded, full of users with unspecified intentions, and has more going on than most introverts feel like dealing with. If endless swiping and next to no filters have you feeling more discouraged than hopeful, it doesn't mean you're too much of an introvert for online dating — maybe all you need is a dating site that gives you more control.

If the idea of making conversation in large groups or going up to strangers is your personal idea of hell, there are dating services out there that cater to your specific needs. Have a hard time coming up with the perfect first line? There's an app for that. Prefer to make meaningful connections without revealing what you look like? We found a few websites with features that can let you do just that too.

To help you heighten your odds of finding the person to match your awesomeness, we rounded up 13 of the best dating sites for introverts just like you. There are even a couple specifically for hooking up — just because you're introverted doesn't mean you don't like to get it on. We see you.

BEST FOR ANONYMOUS BROWSING
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Match
Incognito Mode lets you browse anonymously and view profiles without the other person knowing.
Free version: Yes
One month: $35.99
Three months: $59.97 ($19.99 per month)
Six months: $107.94 ($17.99 per month)
12 months: $191.88 ($15.99 per month)
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Who's online: In short, this site is probably filled with your neighbors, old coworkers, new coworkers, and more. Match is pretty popular with members with diverse backgrounds who share a few common goals: to meet other singles, find dates, form romantic relationships, and meet life partners.
How it works: Match is pretty much an open dating service. There's absolutely no limit to who you connect with, or how often. After you set your dating criteria, the site will display possible matches. You can tweak or fine-tune the results as you wish.
Features for introverts: Large crowds can be scary, but Match regularly hosts meet-up events where you can create genuine relationships over time. If you enjoy browsing anonymously, there's a feature called Incognito Mode that allows you to view profiles without the other person knowing.
If you don't find a partner within six months, Match will give you six more months of the service for free, which means you can take your time looking for your absolute ideal match.
What it'll cost you: You can join for free, or opt for more features with a premium membership. On a month-to-month basis you'll pay $35.99, where a three-month plan works out to $19.99 per month, a six-month plan $17.99 per month, and a 12-month plan $15.99 per month
BEST FOR CONVERSATION STARTERS
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Hinge
Prompts provide a jumping off point for conversation.
Free version: Yes
One month: $19.99
Three months: $39.99 ($13.33 per month)
Six months: $59.99 ($9.99 per month)
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Who's online: As of January 2020, Hinge has more than a million active users with 64% being male and 36% female. The app does have additional gender options — a very comprehensive list, actually, so it's not just binary/cisgender people using it.
How it works: A Hinge profile is made up of six photos/videos and three prompts, plus basic personal information like age, height, location, education, career, drinking habits, etc.
In your discover page, you'll see one potential match at a time and you're able to like or respond to any of their prompts or photos — just tap on the heart in the lower corner and you'll be given the option to type something in or just leave it at a like. In your "likes you" section you'll see everyone who has liked or responded to something on your profile and you have the option to respond, let them start the conversation, or pass on them.
The free version of Hinge only lets you see one like at a time and you have to make a decision on them to see the next one. Preferred members can see all of their matches at once and choose which ones they want to respond to first.
Features for introverts: Because the app is so prompt focused, introverts will have a jumping off point for starting a conversation. The prompts also allow you to show off some of your personality that might not come across naturally if you're more reserved.
Hinge also has integrated virtual video dating if you're not ready to meet in person yet.
What it'll cost you: The basic version is completely free and is pretty extensive. You can totally use the app longterm without paying a cent — you'll just have to sift through matches one-by-one. If you like the freedom to browse, you might want to upgrade. Preferred members also get their profiles seen more, so it could be worth it if you're really looking for a relationship. One month of preferred is $19.99, three months is $39.99, and six months is $59.99.
BEST FOR SHY MEN AND OUTGOING WOMEN
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Bumble
Men get a better idea of which women actually want to talk and women get less creepy messages.
Free version: Yes
One week: $9.99
One month: $24.99
Three months: $49.99 ($16.66 per month)
Six months: $79.99 ($13.33 per month)
Lifetime: $119.99
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Meet the dating app version of the Sadie Hawkins dance, created by ex-Tinder employees. In an attempt to correct one of the common complaints of dating apps — that women get spammed with tons of creepy messages — women are required to message first with Bumble. It pushes some women out of their comfort zone, but like Tinder, you'll at least know that someone also swiped right on you before making a move. It also takes the pressure off of dudes who feel like they need to start the conversation every time. (For same-sex matches, either party can start things off.)
Matches expire after 24 hours so you can't agonize over that opening line for too long, and your match list won't be filled with people you forgot you matched with 57 weeks ago. It's a win-win setup for introverted men who don't have the confidence to message first and for women who are tired of being bombarded.
You'll see pictures and short bios of potential matches in your area and can swipe depending on whether you're interested. It's a pretty close mock of Tinder, except for the fact that Bumble relieves the anxiety of accidentally swiping left on a hottie by letting you backtrack. Bumble also offers a BFF feature to find strictly platonic friends and a LinkedIn-ish networking feature called Bizz in attempts to remind everyone that it's not just a hookup app.
Filtering by zodiac sign is also a thing as of 2019. The internet is divided over whether this will actually help you find people you'd get along with, as the feature only incorporates sun signs and anyone with basic astrology knowledge knows that sun signs aren't a tell-all. However, if someone just went through a messy breakup with a Virgo, they have the right to not want to mess with a Virgo for a while.


BEST FREE DATING APP
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OkCupid
An Incognito mode lets you remain invisible to everyone on the site unless you like or message them.
Free version: Yes
One month: $9.99
Three months: $23.99 ($7.99 per month)
Six months: $29.99 ($4.99 per month)
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Who's online: OkCupid boasts forming more than 91 million connections every year and 50,000 dates made every week.
How it works: Algorithms, formulas, heuristics — the site uses a lot of crazy math stuff to help people find their matches faster. You'll see a percentage rating on each profile you encounter, letting you know the odds of success.
Features for introverts: You can really be yourself on OkCupid. Whether you're looking for the relationship of your dreams, a one-night stand, or a sham marriage (seriously, we’re not judging), OkCupid doesn't care unless you're being a jerk about it. On OkCupid, you’re more than just a photo, you can share stories, your passions, and pretty much anything else you want and feel totally at home.
What it'll cost you: A basic account is always free. But there are some paid extras you can enjoy if you want a more premium experience. If you pay for the A-List membership, you can cut out the ads, you get more search options like body type and attractiveness, you can see everyone who likes you, and you can see who reads your messages, among other useful things.
There's an incognito mode that lets you be invisible to everyone on the site unless you like or message them. A-list memberships cost $19.95 for one month, $14.95 per month for three months, and $9.95 per month for six months. Access to incognito mode is a separate charge not included with A-list.
BEST FOR SOMETHING SERIOUS
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eharmony
RelyID helps verify the information provided by other members, like their name, city, and age so you can avoid being catfished.
Free version: Yes
One month: $59.95
Three months: $89.85 ($29.95 per month)
Six months: $179.40 ($29.90 per month)
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Who's online: eharmony's membership pool consists of millions of singles who reside in all 50 U.S. states and more than 200 countries worldwide.
How it works: eharmony uses a compatibility matching system that pairs relationship hopefuls based on 29 different dimensions of compatibility. To get started, just fill out the relationship questionnaire, and once you're confirmed as legit, the website will start sending you your compatible matches.
How it helps introverts: eharmony has a feature called RelyID that helps verify the information provided by other members, like their name, city, and age. You know what that means? No catfishing. Also, your profile is only visible to the people who are a good match for you, so the experience can help to narrow your potentials down to only those who are actually a good fit.
Results from your personality quiz plus prompts you answer and photos you upload help steer conversation, so you'll have plenty of jumping off points. But there's also Guided Communication, a four-step program of communication with your matches, if you need a little extra help. Basically, it's a series of questions that help to break the ice. If that doesn't work, the site also offers free dating advice.
What it'll cost you: eharmony's pricing heavily fluctuates depending on where and when you sign up. Tentatively, one month of the service will cost you $59.95, three months cost $89.85, and six months go for $179.40. Regardless of current price, eharmony is one of the most expensive mainstream dating sites out there.
BEST FOR BUSY PEOPLE
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EliteSingles
Career-focused individuals take an advanced personality test that really analyzes who will complement you.
Free version: Yes
Three months: $113.85 ($37.95 per month)
Six months: $167.70 ($27.95 per month)
12 months: $239.40 ($19.95 per month)
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Who's online: EliteSingles says its users are mainly educated, relatively affluent, adults between the ages of 30 and 55 who are in search of long-term commitment. The site breakdown by gender works out to be 56 percent women and 44 percent men with more than 170,000 users.
How it works: In order to find like-minded matches, EliteSingles has you take an in-depth personality test. The test will evaluate you on your level of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Based on the results, the smart profiling can send you three to seven compatible matches every day.
How it helps introverts: Since the personality test can identify the traits that really make you who you are, the dating service can match you with exactly the type of personality you'd be most compatible with.
The extensive personality testing leads to interesting conversation starters and it's easier to find people you'll have things in common with. You can even identify yourself as an introvert.
What it'll cost you: It's free to sign up, but if you want to enjoy any of the most important features like daily matches, it'll cost you $37.95 per month for three months or $27.95 per month for six months. An annual membership will run you $19.95 per month. Each membership requires that you pay the entire duration upfront.

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Re: Online dating is kind of the best thing that ever happened to introverts.

Post by Abrahamus » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:26

I would rather date in real life tbh

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Re: Online dating is kind of the best thing that ever happened to introverts.

Post by WhiteEgle » Thu Jan 14, 2021 7:47

I agree that for introverts it's hard to meet people in real life but online dating it absolutely different and it can't replace regular one

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