For some, the prospect of filtering through dating profiles can seem just a touch too impersonal, while others simply cringe at the prospect of having to encapsulate all aspects of their personality in three paragraphs and 12 eye-catching keywords.(More than half of all Irish POF users seem to begin their profile with the phrase ‘Don’t really know what to write here…’ while almost all seem to run out of hobbies once they’ve worked through the list of ‘socialising, music, cinema…’).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?
Membership starts at around €500 — but according to to founder Jennifer Haskins, members get some unique benefits for that initial outlay.
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.
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.
Still, many of us understand that with maturity comes a bit of grace, restraint and attention to detail that few of us had in our 20s, and not overly many of us had managed to scrape together even in our 40s!