If dating was just a platonic activity, then none of us would post pictures on the dating sites. We would list our favorite books, movies, and TV shows; we would list goofy foods that we like to eat; we would talk about how we like romantic walks on beaches. And we would leave it at that, looks be damned.
But we all want to date someone good-looking, at least our personal definition of "good-looking." The Dating Gurus have discovered that some sites have better looking people than others.
Sites With the Best-Looking People
The OK Cupid crowd tends to run in the mid-20s to mid-40s age range, which helps to exclude acne-ridden underlings and saggy oldsters. You won't find a lot of man-boobs or girlie muffin-tops on OKCupid. While this doesn't describe every single person on OKCupid, you can expect to find a lot of guys and girls who are well-toned, attractive, and often tattooed or pierced.
Grouper is even more exclusive than OKCupid. While excluding people doesn't feel right, it sure does help to improve the site's attractiveness average. Grouper's members are young, hot, and lively. If you want to find a hot guy or hot girl, you can hardly go wrong with Grouper.
Sites With the Worst-Looking People
Boring-ugly. What does this mean exactly? You'll have a better idea after you read the Plenty of Fish entry below, but basically it means that eHarmony is filled with a lot of good, clean, upstanding citizens--most middle-aged and not wearing their age well, and looking very...beige. You go to eHarmony not for excitement, not for hot guys or girls or hot anything, but to get re-married as quickly as possible.
Skanky-ugly. When MySpace collapsed, everyone must have migrated to Plenty of Fish. Apparently, too, they forgot that it's no longer 2002, because as we noted in our review of POF, it's filled with bros taking mirror cellphone pictures while pulling up their shirts to show off their washboard abs. The girls are no better, many of them overly mascara'd trucker hat-wearing Snooki wannabes.