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Where to begin. In short, OkCupid sucks badly, stay away from giving them your money, it doesn't worth it, AT ALL! I feel ripped off, their tactics feels like a scam, just to fill their pockets. They don't want you to find anyone, they only want to keep you around for your money, use you. I mean DUH, why would they really care if you're happy in life?
At some point I got like over 200 likes, and finally gave in because of my curiosity, and because of the pathetic discovery section, which seems to be always empty (only like 5- 10 offers every day), if you're on there everyday searching for your woman. OR sometimes it seems to reset, and you'll get a whole bunch and can swipe for hours, but those profiles you already had swiped left on anyways, so no new women, just wasting time!!
So I paid for one month, and there you go, most of those likes came from Kenya Africa, only like 20 in my area, but after cleaning them all out, I ended up with only - 1 - like left I was considering to contact. When I did, I got a reply, that she liked me like 2 years ago, and it didn't go nowhere anyways. So obviously OkCupid is holding hostage of the women who like you. If you never pay, you'll never see all of the real woman in your area who likes you, or their intro... (But this doesn't mean you should pay to see those likes, don't do it, trust me, I doubt the feeling will be mutual, unless you don't care and go for ANY woman)
Also you don't really get anything else than just being able to see who (fake) likes you. Ok, you can scroll through questions you didn't answer yet, but I'm not bored to check this section out (since it sucks so much that they took away the ability to search certain answers to questions you're only interested in. Did you ever try to scroll through hundreds of answers? Are you bored?). You still have to pay extra, ding ding ding, for Boost, and (new) additional super likes, etc...
So in that one month of membership, I'm still single, neither did I make out with someone. I only got to like like 3 women because of the lag of choices in discoveries, no one matched back, just crickets... Also, the actual reason I had to sign up on here, and write a review is, that in that one month my like inbox only got 3 new likes, but as soon my membership ended, and I couldn't check my likes anymore, I got at day 1 already 25 new likes!! Day 2 it raised to 42 likes, and today, day 3, I got already 65 likes, no wait 67 now!!! But they can kiss my sweet ***, never going to sign up again, rather throw my money into the fire pit.
Other reasons OkCupid sucks hard: When they changed their nice old system to the same swipe like Tinder crap. I wish I never had gotten single again. I remember the days when I was able to scroll threw all the profiles in one overview. Beforehand I could set my filters, and only got those shown. Also I was hiding each profile I didn't want to see anymore, so at some point I really got to see only new members, or the ones I didn't contact yet. But these days, it's just broken. For example my max height looking for set to max 5'7, distance max 25 miles, but in the discovery section they show you everything. Women 7' tall, hundreds of miles away, what a freaking waste of my time having to swipe through all of them!
Also as already mentioned, you can't search for answers no more. It just sucks, I should just delete my profile, but it's hard to give up hope, so here I am, still wasting my time on there, but at least for free because a membership does not give you any REAL advantages! I really hope I could help you a little by the choice to rather saving your money, and spent it elsewhere!
I've used this app several times and sympathize with those who found it unpleasant, even disturbing. Sometimes the app is unable to differentiate between gender preferences and other essential preferences, such as drug use. It has been charged with "experimenting" on users rather than concentrating on best practices for providing positive experiences. The first feature users have probably noticed is the oddly vulgar, somewhat graphic, or meanly sarcastic representations of different types of relationships. The questionnaires are meant to gamify rather than add value.
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This company owns several dating sites. All of them the same. Overpriced, and trick you into paying for a membership only to limit your search and hide you from others and hide others from you. They drag you along to keep you paying. They started only showing me people just outside of my set age preference range of 38-58, and then once I paid, there was NOBODY within my age range...and they would only show me people if I changed my preference from within 500 miles range to anywhere in the world. They are a bunch of crooks and they should be shut down for false advertisement and unfair business practices! Buyer beware!!!
This app is a strong reminder and lesson that dating apps are a horrible idea. I have tried many dating apps, only to be disappointed with what I can only assume are fake profiles. I paid for this app, knowing nothing may come from it so I'm not that upset about the money. But I hope my review will help someone avoid wasting their time and money. I deleted my account.
The tl;dr of this is do not use OKcupid. I've used OKCupid for over a decade. Had only 3 stints of a 1 month membership (late 2017, November 2020 and just recently October 12, 2021 to November 12, 2021). Is it free to use? Yes. You can message/like people, view profiles, etc etc. Not much is really preventing you from using the site. Though, yes, there are features that require a subscription. But, the subscription is complete and utter GARBAGE.
- Decline in the user interface. mostly that you may "pass" on a few profiles, and the site actually needs a few moments to load more. Yet Bumble and other sites don't have this sort of issue.- Match percentage is a joke and a scam.
I've seen profiles with next to 0 filters filled in, yet I somehow get 90%+ matching. I've seen profiles where I set that I do not date smokers, want kids, and not religious, yet I'm a 90%+ match to smokers who don't want kids and are deeply religious... yet I rate closer to 30-50% on profiles that actually have the metrics I am actually looking for.- Absolutely no way of knowing their method for adding profiles to your search.
Let me clarify... yes, you can set to be in a certain region. They have the stacks for: match, recommended, nearby, online, nearby, a passport feature (international profiles), and whatever recent tags they add (at the moment "pro-choice" and "vaccinated" are in stacks you can search by). Other than the online, a free user has no way of knowing if a profile was generated in the last 12 hours or last 12 months. So good luck if you think the person will actually respond.- 2 tiers of subscription, and the lower tier is a scam.
So the so-called "premier" package lets you see who likes you and who your number of likes/intros is increased. Problem? The "popular" and "new people" however don't simply require the "premier" membership... no... you have to pay an additional $1.99 for a week... for each. Welcome to MTX.- Loads of fakes, pornbots, and the like.
Yes, yes. Free online dating site so you are going to see this regardless. But in the last 5 years, the number of these profiles has increased exponentially. The only times I get responses, they end up saying I have to chat offsite (which you don't need to do... it's free...), try to get you to send money, or go straight into cybering. Or they try to con you into thinking they actually live in your area. For women, it's worse. I've had a few chats with women who responded to me because I explicitly did not open with a 1 word variant of "hi" or tried to ask for pics or to hook up on the literal first message. Maybe it is the hook up culture that is dragging it down, maybe it is a variant of bot. But these are chasing away women from the site in a matter of hours after signing up.- There is a "questions" feature on the website (non-mobile users) that shows users that somehow are not appearing in the Discover search.
Let me be clear: I set my discovery to be wide open. No filters for height, weight, kids, smoking, etc. Yet, I'm having to go to the "Questions" section to get more profiles to look at. The questions are based on about 5000 random questions that users or the site generated asking about every nuance of your life. There is also a keyword search. So you can look for Sports and ideology, to just looking for "the" and "and". I get more profiles to look at via this message than I typically see in their Discover section.- You can't filter out the Passport.
OKC forces this option on you. Even if you set your distance to 250, 50, or 5 miles. This stack is ALWAYS in your Discover section. In addition, you can't really prevent yourself from being searched by profiles in Africa, Asian, South America, etc. Those profiles will "like" you. They never...NEVER... send an intro message. They only send a "like".- Likes have no expiration.
If a user "likes" you, it never goes away... unless... you manage to randomly find the user in Africa or Asia and block them (I've tried "passing"... that is statistically a bit random if it actually removes the Like) or if the profile is somehow removed (and even that seems to be a bit spotty).- The most recent experience: the sudden influx of "likes" immediately after my membership ended... and I got more 6 hours after my membership ended that I did in a 30 day membership.
My membership literally ended 12 hours ago, prior to me creating this review. I received 24 likes (managed to block 2... based in Uganda... to bring the count down to 22). About 4 years ago, the Match group was hit by a class action lawsuit where this sort of predatory behavior to get user to buy into a membership package to false "likes" to say they should not do it. They did not listen. They did not learn. They continue this practice.
So, in summary. Should you use it? No. If you do, stay a free user. Don't give OKC/Match money. It won't actually improve your experience. In 10+ years, I haven't had a date from the site in 2 years. Also been about that long since I last talked to someone that wasn't a bot, fake, a scammer, or wasn't living outside the United States. I'm done with this organization. My advice is for you to stay away as well.
Why and how is legal for these scammers to operate? How can this be allowed for anyone to set up a dating app which is fraudulent and for it to be legal? As soon as I registered it said I had 17 likes but to look at them I had to pay then when I did pay to message my "likes" there was no message button. These people should be in prison for fraud
I joined OkCupid and had some back and forth emails with a couple different people. I then met Steven **. His profile had him in Jamaica Plain, Ma. We spent the next 4-5 months chatting online, text and phone. His story was he is a pipeline engineer. In Sept he stated he snagged a 60 mile long oil pipeline in Russia. Thru out he sent “pictures” but nothing that could be confirmed. Long story short “problems” started arising and he started hitting me up for money. I investigated him and found everything he gave me his license, address, SS, bank etc were fake. I contacted OKCUPID to report him and they simply never bothered to respond. My recommendation is RUN not walk from this company. My story is just one of THOUSANDS specific to this company.
So I was using the free site and I noticed I had a bunch of likes and the site pressured me to sign up to see all these people who've liked me. I signed up and started messaging some of the people back. Literally all the people I messaged said they've never even seen my profile yet alone liked it. Some people were not even from the same country who had no idea who I was when I had the radius to people close. Basically here to save you trouble. This site is a scam, you're not likely to find someone here. Even if you pay, beware and run!
Here's the straight dope! Written 30AUG2021.
- If you "like" somebody, a picture, a comment (from their exhaustive system of profiling questionnaire queries), etc. -- you have the opportunity to message them, FREE!
- The amount of likes you can give is limited on a 24-hour basis. I don't know the 24-hour period starts with the age of your profile or if there is a universal, site-wide window that resets same time of day for everyone.
--- I think the daily limit is somewhere in the neighborhood of 20-30, I never counted but it seemed reasonable to me because I'm picky so I only reached limit first day 'cause I went HAM.
- You can message unlimited with any other profile that MATCHES (reciprocates your like) you.
- On the mobile, it is super easy to accidentally "like" since they use swiping for both the "like" feature as well as browsing user photo albums -- BE CAREFUL!! Haha.
- you can set matching preferences, e.g. age range, gender, sexual orientation, body-type, etc. BUT THEY ARE NOT ENFORCED FOR FREE USERS (I don't know about premium, I assume so but cannot certify since I didn't pay).
--- if you care about any kinda strict matchmaking criteria, do NOT depend on the site's system to filter out any non-negotiables you specify in your preferences -- the site "don't care".
If you can stomach all that, give it a whirl -- depending on population density near you -- you might get a couple bites. Keep expectations low and you'll be okay. In the 3-4 days I tried it, I'm still talking to one of my matches. 3 girls matched, 1 was an "accidental like", the other 2, 1 I was just kinda puttin' a feeler out, and the last was a genuine interesting prospect -- she's the one still talkin' to me. They were 3 "mutuals" of of the 21 likes I received in a 96-hour window...the other 18, I assume were like another reviewer commented, and prolly fake or dead/inactive profiles.
I literally only deliberately commented or gave a "like" to maybe 20 girls or pictures or whatever out of the 4-5 hundred profiles I saw. I eventually reached the end of the "stack" (potential matches) and there are like 4-5 stacks based on "online status," "proximity/location," "match" level (which is based on the compatibility of answers in their personality questionnaire), "recommended" (assume it's a different form of match compatibility but have no insight as to how it differs from "match"), and then "passport" which is if you wanna find international candidates. There's the straight dope, y'all!
I was on OkCupid for over a year! Everyday you will get 2-5 interests,,, Everyday you will be ghosted by 2-5 you started messaging in the last 2 days... Rarely one will message you for 3 days!!! Got texts,,many at 6:30 a.m.! But all from Text mail subscribers... NEVER ONCE did I even get one of these FAKES on the phone! These SCUM need to be in JAIL and REFUND all our money AND pay us for our time!!!
OkCupid.com author review by Mark Brooks
OKCupid.com is a free site that offers members the ability to upgrade their experience by subscribing to a premium membership. Created in 2004, the site serves millions of members through a unique profile format and optional question and answer section.
Unique profile format: Many dating sites only ask members to tell a little bit about themselves and who they are looking for. OKCupid makes it easier to learn more about prospective dates through open ended profile questions including six things you can't live without, what you are good at, what you are doing with your life, what you like to do on a friday night and more.
Thousands of optional questions: OKCupid has a unique feature that allows you to answer as many or as few multiple questions on topics ranging from values and relationship goals to personal hygiene and basic math skills. You can then compare your answers to those of people whose profiles you are viewing.
Advanced search algorithm: Users can choose both physical and value-based attributes to search for, improving the quality of the matches they find. Some criteria are only available via upgraded membership.
Anonymous email network: Users can email potential matches through OKCupid.com's own messaging service, allowing them to keep their identities and contact info private until they are ready to share it.
Profiles are screened before being posted: OKCupid.com staff screens profiles and photos before posting to ensure only appropriate information makes it onto the site.
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