Online dating could be an intimidating thing for those who are not familiar with it. Many people tend to overthink when it comes to choosing what to write in their profiles. They are often stunned simply because there are so many dating platforms out there that they did know which is best for their needs. More often than not, they are not very familiar with the features of the dating sites. Thus, they cannot determine whether the asking price for using said sites is worth it.
It is for this very reason that Connecting Singles was created. It serves as a very beginner-friendly dating platform by packing in as many features as possible, including many social media platforms. To top it all off, Connecting Singles is 100% free to use. How does Connecting Single compare to other dating platforms? Let’s find out in this comprehensive review.
Connecting Singles strives to connect single people from across the globe based on interests more than physical appearance. This brings the social aspect and the magic of traditional dating back into online dating. Thus, they have many small communities dedicated to various topics such as music, gaming, and videos.
Similar to many other dating platforms, Connecting Singles keeps its registration process straightforward. There are two registration options on Connecting Singles.
The first one is to link your Facebook account to Connecting Singles. This gives Connecting Singles app access to your Facebook profile. Keep in mind that this is only necessary so that Connecting Singles can import your information, creating a new profile. They will not post anything on your behalf. This registration process is the shortest, although it comes with certain risks. Even so, we do not recommend you link your Facebook account for security and privacy reasons. We are not saying that Connecting Singles is unsafe, but using your email is always a safer option.
Registration via email will prompt you to fill out a short registration form. You should provide your username, password, email, gender, sexual orientation, birthdate, and location. After clicking on the “Submit Registration” button at the bottom of this form, you will receive an email from Connecting Singles. Within that email is a link you must click to verify your identity. Once that is done, you should be taken to your profile page on Connecting Singles.
From there, there are a bunch of things you can do to further enrich your profile. There are about three questions that you can answer so others can get to know your better. Keep in mind that you cannot put any contact information, links, or other personal information in the text box. We recommend giving a detailed description as possible. Still, do not get carried away because too many details can bore your potential match. What’s important here is accuracy, as everything you put into your profile will be used to match you with other users.
What is interesting about Connecting Singles is that account verification on this platform is not instant. This tells us that every profile is reviewed manually by the moderation team, not by computers. Your account can be created, and you can start using Connecting Singles immediately. However, you cannot message others until the moderation team approves your application.
This is very different from other dating platforms that we have seen so far. Only a few are this strict when it comes to registration. It caught us by surprise simply because we do not expect to see a free social dating platform to have this security level in place.
What you see on your account is what you will get from other people. There is not so much information on user profiles, so you do not have to spend hours looking through everything. Again, Connecting Singles emphasizes the social aspect of dating. For this reason, every profile contains necessary information such as gender, occupation, religion, etc.
When it comes to interaction options from the profile, users have quite a lot of those. You can “like” other people’s profiles, which is a way of showing interest in someone. You can also “Send Flower” to other users. It is a messaging feather that allows you to choose a message from a list if you cannot think of what to write to that user. It is an excellent way to initiate a conversation outside the forum. Finally, there is a “Contact Requirements” button. We recommend you check this out first before attempting to make the first move. This section will see what criteria you need to meet if you chat with that person.
There are a few ways you can reach out to other people and the underlying messaging system. You can send someone interests when you check out their profiles, but not many people use it. As already mentioned, Connecting Singles is a social dating platform. That means this is both a dating and social media platform.
For this reason, you can find more people hanging out around various forums on this website. There are many corners to check out, so we recommend you mingle as soon as possible. It is so active on the forum that you would have to wait for people to reply to your message if you’re matched with them. So, take this as a reminder. Members on Connecting Singles do not respond to messages immediately since they might be occupied replying to forum posts.
Since there are so many activities on this forum, you might be better off finding people there. There are many discussions on various topics, so you already know what their interests are, and you can start chatting with them from there.
There are many things you can do on Connecting Singles other than finding dates, though. Connecting Singles also have games and puzzles to keep you occupied while you wait for replies.
Let’s talk about member composition on Connecting Singles. As it is a social dating platform, one would expect many people on that platform. That assumption is correct as there are well over 50,000 members from the United States alone, with many more users worldwide. They reported having over 10,000 active members weekly. So, it is clear that Connecting Singles has a vast and vibrant community.
What about age distribution? The concentration is somewhat equal across the board, with the number dropping off at the 55 years mark.
When it comes to gender composition, we see that there are more female members than male members. 60% of registered users are female, and the other 40% are male. However, we have no data on users’ sexual orientations. But, we do know that users from the LGBT+ community are also welcomed on this platfrm.
As previously mentioned, about 50,000 registered users are living in the United States. However, we do not have an exact number on the user count from anywhere else. You should be able to find a registered member living locally regardless of where you are, though.
Again, we have no data on the religious composition on Connecting Singles. However, we know that this company and platform itself are not dedicated to any specific religious group, so anyone is welcome.
Connecting Singles contain many unique features that would enrich your user experience on their platform. Most of these features are designed to encourage interaction among users.
When it comes to expressing your ideas, you can either write your articles, post blogs, or participate in forum discussions. Moreover, there are fun quizzes, tests, and polls.
On the media side of things, you can post various photos and videos. Other users can come and rate those as well.
You can start your own or find out about upcoming events posted by other users. They will tell you everything, such as an exact date, location, and address. This is how many members meet up in person and perhaps take their relationship to the next level.
Next, let’s talk about security. Connecting Singles offers so many features at such a price that some wonders whether this service is legitimate or just another scam site. We are happy to report that Connecting Singles value their users above everything else, which explains all the security measures they have in place.
First, Connecting Singles offer encrypted connection. That means all the data you send to their website will not be intercepted or stolen by anyone. They also guarantee that they will not disclose your personal information to a third party. Thus, anything you share on Connecting Singles will be kept confidential.
When it comes to scammer protection, there are three measures in place. The first one is that users cannot message others during the early 24 hours. More often than not, this is enough to drive a large number of scammers away. Another level of protection comes in the form of the report system. Connecting Singles has a moderation team on standby, ready to handle user complaints immediately.
Finally, the third level of protection comes from the community. They know that a free website like this tends to have scammers, and both the community and website administrators are aware of that. Thus, the admin put up the online dating safety tips while the community, in general, is very cautious about strangers who message them out of the blue.
Connecting Singles is a very legitimate service, so you have nothing to worry about. While some fake accounts may exist, the platform itself cannot be held liable for those — pretty much like on any other dating & social media site.
Next, let’s talk about the overall design and user experience on Connecting Singles. For a free dating platform, we are very impressed with what they manage to put together. They manage to provide excellent user experience, even better than that of some paid dating platforms.
When it comes to the overall look and feel of this site, it is rather cluttered. This is something we expect since Connecting Singles packs in so many features. As a free website, we understand that they do not have that much resource to invest to achieve a premium look and feel of other dating sites. That said, their website does not look unpleasant in any way. The fonts are large and contrast nicely with the background, so readability is not an issue.
From a technical standpoint, the website works very well. The loading time is short, and we experienced no problem while we used the desktop site. Though there are many features to look at, everything is conveniently placed so that users can quickly get around the site. Almost everything you need is not more than a few clicks away.
The landing page itself is quite extensive. They just pack in various information about their platform so that potential members know what they will get from Connecting Singles. Other than that, you can see some online members and their recent activities from your landing page.
There are also user testimonials if you scroll further down the landing page. They also have online dating safety tips at the bottom of the page labeled “Scam Warning.” We recommend you give it a read as they highlight some of the most common scamming methods and how you can protect yourself from such attempts.
Other than that, we want to point out that there are ads. This is to be expected from a dating site that is free to use. Though third-party advertisements might be annoying to some people, we can assure you that they are placed cleverly. Though Connecting Singles relies on ads as their source of revenue, their ads are non-intrusive. They are often put to the side or sectioned off properly. That way, your experience is not marred by advertisements.
Connecting Singles surprised us once again by providing users with a dedicated mobile application. It is absolutely free to download in addition to the mobile-friendly site. When it comes to features, you are not missing out on anything as both the desktop site and mobile app share the same features.
Their app lacks behind when it comes to design. Since there are so many features to choose from, the app looks quite cluttered. You will have to scroll quite far to find the features you need. Navigation-wise, the desktop site is much easier to use. We do not think this to be a massive problem since packing all that features into a single app and achieving a smooth navigation experience is nigh impossible to achieve. Keep in mind that everything is free, so it is not like they can pour many resources into developing a clean and beautiful app.
From an aesthetic standpoint, the app also looks rather old. The UI looks like it borrowed the look and feel from an old iPhone. Though the app looks dated, everything is readable, and the colors and graphics look very clean. The fonts are large enough as well.
From a technical standpoint, we were impressed with their app. They spent much more time optimizing performance and squashing bugs than making their app look good. The loading time is short, and the transitions between screens are very smooth. We spent some time with their mobile app, and we are happy to report that their app is bug-free.
In short, Connecting Singles did an excellent job of developing its mobile application. It looks rather old, but we all can agree that we would rather have an outdated look than a slow, buggy app.
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All in all, we are pleasantly surprised by what Connecting Singles managed to achieve. Of course, it lacks behind in various areas compared to other leading dating platforms in the market. Even so, keep in mind that it makes all of this without a subscription model. Everyone can use Connecting Singles for free. At the low, low price of zero dollars, it is hard to ask for more. Since it costs nothing to use Connecting Singles anyway, there is nothing to lose. So, why not give it a shot?