Let’s get right to the point: we don’t want to date moms. We don’t want to deal with canceled dates because the babysitter flaked, we don’t want to have to understand that she has to leave early because the kid is sick, and we don’t want to have to meet a child that’s not even ours. All of which makes the fact that Date.com gave us nine single moms on our first page of results a big problem.
Date.com is like that, as we discovered. It attracts single parents (we faked a woman-looking-for-man profile and found nearly as many single dads), probably because it’s free. In this case, instead of getting nothing when you pay nothing, you get kids when you pay nothing. That’s not exactly in our dating plans, and we can’t recommend a site that mostly spits out parents.
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The fact that we’re not looking for dates with single moms means we had to look a lot harder to find women who weren’t even pregnant, let alone attached to a small human. Finding five hundred such women to contact was a serious challenge. And then it turned out that half of the ones who replied to us were pregnant and just didn’t say it in their profiles. Sorry, ladies, but we’re moving on from you.
We got a total of twenty-one replies from women who were neither fake accounts nor pregnant. Twenty-one is absolutely pathetic. None of those worked out to the point that we set up a date, either. The site just didn’t work out for us. Free ones rarely do. It’s worth ponying up the money to get a membership; you’ll probably get at least a few dates that way, as opposed to spending the time you could be on a date hunting fruitlessly for another possible Match.
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The background of the front page of Date.com looks decent at first, like they have members who submitted photos of successful dates, until you realize it’s a lie. Every one of those photos is from a stock site. They bought and paid for them, rather than getting photos of actual happy relationships from their actual members. We think it says a lot that they felt the need to that desperately go, “No, look, we have happy couples!” with pictures of people who probably aren’t even real couples.
We’re not sure why Date.com is parental catnip. There’s something about it that draws people who wipe other people’s snot. We think Date.com should see about fixing that; while parents have a right to date, too, sites should have more variety than those responsible for small human beings without even being paid for doing it. Maybe an advertising campaign on singles sites would help. Of course, that might just attract more parents. Maybe childfree sites? We’ll keep brainstorming.
Then there’s the way they go about matching. Supposedly, matches are based on over fifty attributes. We’re not sure what these attributes are, since we don’t have any interest in dealing with a kid that’s not even ours, talking about a kid, or having dates canceled because of a kid. And yet we got all those moms matched to us. It’s a mystery.
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Date.com gets rated down for that fake background first, but that’s only because we saw it before we got matched to all the moms. Even outside the moms, we didn’t seem all that compatible with the women it matched us to. And then there’s the matter of twenty-one responses from non-pregnant actual women. Twenty-one out of five hundred? Seriously? What are you even doing, Date.com? We suggest you check out Match or another site we rate highly instead of wasting any time on Date.com.