While it is free to use, Plenty Of Fish offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as who has "liked" a member through the service's Tinder-like Meet Me feature, and allowing users to see whether a message has been read and/or deleted.
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So what are the options for Irish people looking to find someone to love, date, or even just to distract them from the fact that it’s still winter?
Is everyone going online, or are more traditional forums the best option?
Pretty much the digital equivalent of ‘hot or not’ — the app finds people nearby who are also on Tinder, and connects them only if both parties swipe the screen to indicate they’re into the other.
The app now sees some 350 million swipes a day worldwide, with Ireland having one of the highest adoption rates.
“We’ve run over 500 of these events in the last seven or eight years, and you can tell there’s definitely a lot to be said about the first 30 to 60 seconds when people come in contact.
Members who successfully sign up go through a four stage process, starting with an informal interview, and continuing with the generation of their user profile, followed by a first introduction and subsequent feedback session.
“People come to us because privacy and confidentiality might be of major importance for them.
Others might simply want somebody to look after the romantic end of their lives. You might have people who have less specific criteria, but you would also have people who, for instance, would prefer someone who has no children, who plays golf, even who plays golf from a certain handicap — people have some very specific requests.
Of course, there are a whole array of dating sites out there, and many daters choose to opt for a pay site as a means of weeding out the time-wasters and window-shoppers.
For instance, a six-month subscription for will set you back €12.90 per month — while a comparable membership with Elite Singles (which aims itself at graduates and professionals) costs €19.95 per month.