The more recently active group rated specific sites. On the one hand, the numbers indicate that these sites are helping people find mates.

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Our survey found that among respondents who stopped online dating, 20 percent of men and 40 percent of women said they did so because they didn’t like the quality of their matches.

Perhaps that’s why, among those who said they had used multiple dating sites, 28 percent had tried four or more.

Since the Ashley Madison hack, curiosity about the infidelity-based dating service has been on the rise.

Even if you find the idea of cheating deplorable, you can't help but wonder what it's like on a website totally based on helping people cheat, right?

But with dating, the sweater has to agree, too.”Another reason for the low satisfaction scores may be that “most dating sites have some misalignment between profit model and user experience because they are financed through subscription fees or advertising,” says Scott Kominers, Ph.

D., a junior fellow in economics at Harvard University.

“All kinds of people are doing it,” says Caploe, 54, a publisher who lives in New York City.

“It was—unbelievably—not a crazy experience.” Online dating has certainly lost its lonely-hearts stigma.

They gave online dating sites the lowest satisfaction scores Consumer Reports has ever seen for services rendered—lower even than for tech-support providers, notoriously poor performers in our ratings. Well, finding a mate can be arduous and exhausting.

“I was on a date with a guy who turned out to be a convicted felon.

Another guy claimed to be 38 but was at least 60,” says Kate, a 33-year-old government analyst from Washington, D. “Sometimes I will go on a date to see how bad it’s going to be.” The fact is that online dating is, well, complicated.