So I’ve been flirting with online dating for several years now I am mildly ashamed to admit. I feel like I’ve had this conversation that has managed to go around in a 360 degree direction since I was in my early twenties. The conversation goes a little something like this:
Jamie: So what’s the best dating site out there?
Girl #1: Oh girl you’ve got to try Match.com. A friend of a friend of mine got married on there.
Jamie: A friend of a friend? So do you know anyone directly who’s got married on there?
Girl# 2: (interrupts) Who wants to pay for online dating? Forget about Match you should try Plenty Of Fish.
Girl# 1: Nah, girl that site is suspect. I’ve heard some crazy guys are up on that site.
Jamie: What about OK Cupid? Someone told me that’s a good site to go to.
Girl #1: Yea, its aiight.
Girl # 2: I don’t know of anyone who’s actually dated anyone off of there.
Jamie: So then what should I do? Craigslist?
Girl #1 & #2: NOOOOO!!!
So yea, that’s the gist of my many conversations with various girlfriends, co-workers, relatives, old roommates, etc. Everyone knows someone who has had an online dating experience.
So the consensus among girlfriends and myself–it appears these are the Top 5 Online Dating websites. You may agree or disagree…
4. Plenty Of Fish
Until I meet Mr. Right on any of these sites I’ll be sure to let you know which one is actually my personal best. For now…I guess I’ll keep fishing.
P.S. There are also the niche online dating sites like AfroRomance.com (for interracial dating) or Christianmingle.com (for faith-based singles). What site is your favorite dating website?
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Jamie Broadnax is the creator of the online publication and multimedia space for Black women called Black Girl Nerds. Jamie has appeared on MSNBC's The Melissa Harris-Perry Show and The Grio's Top 100. Her Twitter personality has been recognized by Shonda Rhimes as one of her favorites to follow. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association and executive producer of the Black Girl Nerds Podcast.