" data-twitter=" data-twitter-url=" class="share-buttons" After a rough breakup last January, I was sad and single in the Big Apple.
Valentine’s Day was approaching, and this city of more than eight million people was feeling oddly lonely.
On Valentine's Day, some singles may be inspired to step up their dating game. Amy Giberson, now 34, was reluctant to try internet dating again but she decided to give it one more shot in 2014. There are a slew of sites and apps to help singles find love and, for the most part, they work, according to Consumer Reports.
She downloaded the Match app and connected with Justin Pounders, also 34, almost immediately. Nearly half, or 44 percent, of those who tried online dating said it led to a serious long-term relationship or marriage, the magazine found.
Sites that charge a monthly fee may attract people more interested in a real relationship.To help answer that question, keep the following in mind: Free sites are geared toward casual daters, while paid sites tend to be for people looking for a serious relationship.Of course, it’s not always that simple, and there are exceptions.In fact, they’re not even exclusively for dating, as Ok Cupid allows you to be married or in a relationship but looking for friends.Free sites may also work better for individuals who are separated, but not yet divorced (or separated with no immediate intention to divorce).