The dating game that is online. Brandon Gerbig and Ashley Jung came across underneath the glow that is warm of displays.

The dating game that is online. Brandon Gerbig and Ashley Jung came across underneath the glow that is warm of displays.

Ashleigh Mattern, For The StarPhoenix 09.06.2014

Richard Marjan / The StarPhoenix

Internet dating is much more popular than ever before.

Vancouver-based PlentyofFish (PoF) reports significantly more than 3.5 million individuals log into its web site every ask around, and you’re sure to find someone you know who has found at least a date online — if not a spouse day.

Brandon Gerbig of Saskatoon came across their girlfriend online after investing six or seven months on PoF and OkCupid. He came across 4 or 5 other females that she had been a “nerd in your mind. Before he came across her profile, which talked about” To capture her interest, he delivered her a test asking questions regarding nerd tradition.

“That caught her attention sufficient that she messaged me personally right back, and then we went for coffee, ” he stated. They’ve been together now for over 2 yrs.

When you look at the beginning, Gerbig says they felt a need to lie about how exactly they came across, but as internet dating gets to be more appropriate, that social stigma is vanishing.

“When we began dating, we very nearly possessed a force to help make up an account which wasn’t, ‘We met on the web, ’ but today, it is changed enough in 2 years that we’re just fine saying we came across on line, ” he said.

Erin McCrea along with her boyfriend also have refrained from telling individuals they met on PoF. She claims an anxiety about judgment keeps her from exposing their very first conference tale, but she adds, “It’s getting simpler to tell individuals. ”

Certainly one of her friends ended up being worried that the individuals she was meeting weren’t upstanding residents. But McCrea’s experience led that same friend that is skeptical decide to decide to decide to try internet dating by by herself, and this woman is now involved to somebody she came across on eHarmony.

McCrea says she’s glad she tried internet dating, and wouldn’t have minded dating more and more people. She continued just three times before she was met by her boyfriend.

“I’d lots of fun, ” she stated. “I didn’t communicate with everyone whom talked if you ask me, nevertheless the individuals we went with, I’d a great out. Evening. Taking a look at pages, looking at whom you think you’d be thinking about, also messaging individuals had been enjoyable. ”

Gerbig stated he additionally advises shopping for love on the web. He offered methods for people that are contemplating quitting: yourself accurately, tell the truth about what you’re looking for, and stick it out“ I would say to represent. Ideally, eventually you’ll find someone, because there’s a complete great deal of men and women attempting it down, while the chances are you’ll find somebody suitable. ”


PoF is the No. 1 on the web dating site in Canada, and in addition a premier choice for Saskatonians; but so how exactly does it build up against other web web sites?


Expense: absolve to make use of, having a push to update. Upgrades are priced at $37.17 for 2 months, $53.55 for four months, or $85.47 for eight months.

Simplicity of use: numerous menu choices be able to get rid of tabs on your home, however it’s otherwise simple to use, though only a little dated stylistically. In addition it posseses a application that is a bit more clean.

Matching system: Signing up needs doing a questionnaire. It is possible to just take the “PoF Relationship Chemistry Predictor” and “Relationship Needs Assessment. ” If you say you won’t date individuals for a specific explanation (age.g. No cigarette cigarette smokers, no parents that are single, they won’t appear in your own personal matches, you could nevertheless search and see all pages.

Watching pages: “Meet Me” allows you to flip through and rate profile photos, then recalls your alternatives for searching later on. Fundamental and advanced queries allow you to get certain regarding exactly what you’re trying to find. Pages don’t give great deal of data, therefore the web site is pretty reliant on photographs.

This compensated web web site is renowned for the in-depth matching system. There’s no choice for same-sex relationships, though eHarmony does run a alternative site called Compatible Partners.

Price: fundamental plans consist of half a year for $29.95/month, one year for $17.95/month and a couple of years for $12.95/month. Fundamental plans are lacking a few features. TotalConnect plans consist of 6 months for $31.95/month, one year for $20.95/month, and a couple of years for $12.95/month.

Simplicity of use: on a clean, fashionable graphical user interface and Facebook connectivity get this site stick out.

Matching system: you have to respond to a questionnaire that is lengthy you join, and you will answer optional “Q & A” concerns, which permit you to compare your responses to matches. You merely see individuals you might be matched with, giving much less choices than many other web internet sites.