The consumer watchdog surveyed nearly 10,000 online daters, and 44 percent said they either had or are in a serious long-term relationship because of an online dating website or app. News4Jax dug through Consumer Reports' data to see who's really finding the perfect match and where.Here are the top four websites where online daters found their current partner or spouse, according to the Consumer Reports survey: Men: 32 percent found current partner or spouse Women: 35 percent found current partner or spouse Cost: Monthly fee can start around per month (check site for rates/specials) Eharmony Men: 17 percent found current partner or spouse Women: 15 percent found current partner or spouse Cost: Monthly fee can start around per month (check site for rates/specials)Plenty Of Fish Men: 7 percent found current partner or spouse Women: 9 percent found current partner or spouse Cost: Free While Consumer Reports found 44 percent of 10,000 online daters found a long-lasting relationship, respondents gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has seen for any rated service in two decades -- even lower than cable television companies.The automated icebreaker option (funny one-liners) to connect with potential matches. You get the convenience of meeting online at the pace of speed dating.Upgrade to the paid service to choose your own dates. You can cancel if you're not satisfied after seven days. Safety is the name of the game; users are screened for criminal backgrounds and asked to certify that they're truly single (not married or separated)."Online dating is different from shopping for other kinds of things like a sweater. With dating, the sweater has to like you back," said Margot Gilman, Money Editor for Consumer Reports.Yet 44% of respondents also say thanks to dating online, they have had or are in a serious long-term relationship or have even gotten married."I was about to give up online dating completely, when I got a message from Brian.That's one of the top findings from a Consumer Reports experiment that had an intern put a profile up on five different online dating sites and gauge the experience and the responses that she received.The magazine's dating site tester for several months tried out e Harmony, Match.com, True, Yahoo Personals, and American Singles.
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"I think she found it interesting and was interested in the pitfalls you can get into if you're not super careful," said Leslie Ware, editor at large of Consumer Reports, which is based in Yonkers, N. Ware said the tester received about 200 responses from fellow online daters every month. We talked to people who were planning on getting married after meeting online, and we talked to a fellow who had a nightmare date." While Consumer Reports is best known for rating products and services, the magazine didn't rate the five dating sites.
"We did find that [each site has] different traits. Ware said the magazine wouldn't rank a site on the experience of just one user, so instead it compiled a list of positives about each site, along with some tips on how to make the most of the experience.
Others like OKCupid, Plenty Of Fish or Tinder are free.
Consumer Reports found 48% of those surveyed joined Match.