My dating website reviews have been
positive, critical evaluations their services. This review is different. Plenty
of Fish is a popular, free, online dating website that’s hard to ignore when
reviewing the online options that are available. It’s also the worse dating
website I’ve used. Far too often it feels like an extension of the Craigslist
personals where you’re playing russian roulette with your matches in search
for some hope. Of all the dating websites I’ve tested, I’ve had no success with
Plenty of Fish. But, as a testament to chaos theory, I know couples who have
met and entered into successful relationships thru the website.
Plenty of Fish does do a few good things.
Like many dating websites, there’s a personality test to take after singing up.
It’s a 48 question test that helps serve as a basis for matching. Unlike other
websites, a 48 questions personality test is a short and quick assessment.
After taking the test, an in-depth review of your answers is available under
the “Chemistry Test Results” and separated into 5 categories:
Self-Confidence, Family Orientation, Self-Control, Openness, and Easygoingness.
There’s also a sections that details how your personality affects your love
life. This personality test is impressive, and the best features of the
service. However, anything else is basic at best.
At best, Plenty of Fish is a simple
dating website. It begins by create a profile, answer generic profile questions,
and then search for dates. There are some questions asked that I’m not sure are
relevant to dating. For instance, Plenty of Fish asks for the marital status of
your parents, leading to other questions about your ranking as a sibling (only
child, oldest of four, etc). The question feels more like data mining than a
real question that pertains to dating. If being the oldest of
3 children is the real question, than ask that. Don’t ask if my
parents are still together, or dead. If I enter a successful relationship by
meeting someone from the site, she’s going to meet whomever I call family. If
that happens to be my cat, so be it. Even worse, questions like these, which
are mandatory, aren’t reflected in their search parameters. For all purposes,
they are irrelevant.
Other than irrelevant dating questions,
the website does function, but suffers from poor execution and design. To
be blunt, the website is ugly and littered with advertisements. The matches you
receive have no real rhyme or reason to them. Many times I’ve been given
matches with women who aren’t close to my preferences, by this I mean women
well outside my age parameters. I’ve dated 18 and 19 year olds when I was 18
and 19, that ship has sailed!
There’s a few things that’s very clear
about Plenty of Fish. It’s supported by advertisements that appear everywhere
on the website (the con to being a free), and it serves as a basic dating
profile directory. It’s audience is younger and because of that doesn’t have
any barriers to communication, which makes perfect sense, and decision I
applaud. A younger audience won’t pay for a dating website. In my history, I’ve
tried Plenty of Fish at least three times (not including briefly for
this review), and I’ve gotten nowhere. I’ve sent messages to women, but unlike
other websites, I’ve haven’t received an inkling of a response.
That’s not to say my experience is the standard, I’ve known a few people
who have found success with the website; but none of them in NYC.
While I don’t like Plenty of Fish, that’s
not to say it’s a poor dating option for everyone, for some it’s the only
dating option. There are cases where you may have better luck finding someone
on Plenty of Fish, opposed to other dating websites. Some areas don’t have many
people dating online. If this is the case, make sure you’ve exhausted all the
other dating options first, because this service will turn you off from online