*This post was written in collaboration with Tayside Dating
Online dating is more or less the social norm now, and because of this, there are a huge number of online dating sites. Being spoiled for choice can sometimes be overwhelming. With the sheet amount of sites available and the different features they have to offer as a single person you will need to do your research if you want to join one. Something that seems to be universally agreed upon is that local dating sites are the ones you want to join if you are looking for something longer term. A lot of national dating sites are based on quickly swiping left or right depending on someone’s looks, but local dating sites give people the chance to view a full profile to see if their potential match suits them or not. Here are a few other reasons that local dating sites are a better idea than bigger dating sites or apps:
You’ll find local dates
This sounds like a really obvious one, but a huge benefit to using local dating sites is that you will go on local dates. For example, if you use a Tayside Dating Site you will be able to match with other people from Tayside and you won’t have to travel far for dates. Is there anything more annoying than finding the perfect match and they live hours away?
Most of them are free
While most dating apps and sites are free, you will usually join only to find that really basic functions like messaging carry an extra charge. The majority of the smaller local dating sites are free to use and you can use all of the features advertised. Another benefit to local dating sites is that they don’t cap the amount of messages you can send or likes you are allowed.
The profiles are more in-depth
Have you ever got started with a national dating app and started joining and thought “where on EARTH do I put the rest of my information?”. Even the huge sites and apps have really basic profiles. When you join a local dating site they tend to ask more questions which means you can look at other, more detailed profiles.
The daters are more serious
If someone takes a lot of time and effort to fill out a dating profile then there is a good chance they are looking for a more serious relationship. Profiles that consist of about three words are easy to set up so these types of dating sites are more popular with people that have a more “casual” approach to dating.
The age ranges are varied
I’ve heard loads of people in their 30’s and 40’s say they are “too old” for dating apps, but that simply isn’t the case. No-one is too old to find love. Local dating sites tend to have a clientele that is incredibly varied in age range, from the youngest end of the spectrum at 18 to people in their 60’s and 70’s.