But size isn’t everything – as anyone who has just wrapped up a three-hour swiping session on Tinder will attest.
Too many members with no filter can result in either hours of swiping to find someone you fancy, or hundreds of messages in your inbox that you’ll never have time to read.
There are more than 8 million people in the city of New York. More and more New Yorkers are searching for love on European dating sites, living out fairy-tale fantasies of international romance.
Most are either too young, too old, too married or too incarcerated to date. “French men really treat you like a lady,” says Lillian, a 42-year-old Manhattan copy editor who signed up for Meetic.com, Europe’s largest dating site.
e Harmony matched her with Peter, a 30-year-old Slovakian living in England.
After months of Webcam chats, Susan hopped the pond for a face-to-face.
Even “Real Housewives of New York City” reality star Alex Mc Cord and Simon van Kempen met through while living on different continents.
There’s currently a 7-day free trial to communicate with matches for free until 1 January.
The remaining 17 have weird hobbies, creepy hygiene and bad manners. “They wine you, they dine you, they make you feel like you’re the only one on the planet.” Lillian describes the men she’s met on US-based dating sites as “sleazy,” and the real-life dating scene in New York as “nonexistent.” “I go out here — and nothin’,” she says.
But on Meetic, she Skypes with a Parisian man from the site for an hour each day.
Pros: Uses compatibility testing to match you with someone who shares the same worldview as you.
Pitches itself as the site to go to for ‘serious, lasting relationships’ and marriage – which may well be refreshing to some in the current dating climate.