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Using a website to form romantic relationships and make new friends online is a hugely popular activity. However, finding the best dating site of 2022 can be difficult because of the sheer number of options there are out there.

Here are some of the most popular, free dating apps you may want to consider if you’re looking for a significant other.

1. OkCupid

OkCupid is a free dating site and one of the most popular online dating apps. you can browse unlimited profiles and connect with anyone you want. This site also has a premium version with more advanced services, like viewing the profiles “liking you,” which is not available with the free version.

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Generally, OkCupid is a dating app for all ages. OKCupid is different from some dating apps based entirely on a person’s photos, some compatibility is taken into account. When signing up, you’ll be prompted to input your age and your preference matches. That way, you’ll get better-customized profiles to help you find your perfect match.

2. Bumble

Bumble is a free dating app that requires women to message first, it is basically Tinder for women and on a timer. Bumble also has a BFF feature to help you meet new people, but that’s really not our focus, so I’ll save it for another time.

Because women must message first, Bumble tends to weed out the more insecure males from the dating pool. However, the rate of overly confident men tends to be higher than I’ve seen on other apps.

3. Tinder

Tinder is a popular dating site and a location-based dating. It popularized the “swipe right” idea where you match or ignore people with a swipe motion. If you’re using Tinder from a computer, the right arrow is the same as swiping to the right.

You will likely find other people on this site no matter where you live, Unlike some dating sites that seem to find a few matches and then force you to wait for days for new users. The sorting option lets you find people anywhere from 1-100 miles from your location, and if you run out of results, you can enable a global option to find people all over the world.

4. Plenty of Fish

As the name implies, Plenty of Fish is a free dating site of over three million dating profiles. What makes it special is you can search for members based on traits or preferences of your choice. it also has a premium, better-customized version.

Perhaps the biggest downside of the free version is the many ads. However, you can send and receive messages. The paid version eliminates ads and has better filters for easy matching. For instance, you can filter your matches based on your level of education and income.

5. Meetup

Consider using Meetup to find friends first if don’t like the idea that you need to go out on a date right at the start of a relationship.

This isn’t your typical dating service because it doesn’t revolve around finding people to go out with like Tinder and these other websites do. However, it’s a good way to find people who are interested in the same things you are, from mountain climbing to book-of-the-month clubs, language learning, and everything in between.

There are groups gathering in your area for virtually any interest you can think of, and many friendships and relationships spring out of these casual gatherings. You can even search for singles and hope that there’s a group just for that.

The search tool lets you pick any city to find Meetup groups anywhere from 2 miles away from any distance. You can also filter by online or in-person events, as well as by date.

There are also online dating apps if you prefer to match with people from your phone or tablet. All of the sites in this list are also available via an app.

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