Are you a singleton looking to give online dating a go?

There are so many dating sites out there to choose from that it can sometimes feel a little daunting and confusing.

Such companies offer a wide variety of unmoderated matchmaking services, most of which are profile-based.

Online dating services allow users to become "members" by creating a profile and uploading personal information including (but not limited to) age, gender, sexual orientation, location, and appearance.

There are so many dating sites out there to choose from that it can sometimes feel a little daunting and confusing.

However, there are basically only two types of online dating sites, free and paid.

With both types offering a wide selection of people to choose from, it’s up to you to decide what you are looking for.

If you’re not sure if online dating is for you, then a free site might be a good place to start.

That is, online dating sites use the conceptual framework of a "marketplace metaphor" to help people find potential matches, with layouts and functionalities that make it easy to quickly browse and select profiles in a manner similar to how one might browse an online store.

Under this metaphor, members of a given service can both "shop" for potential relationship partners and "sell" themselves in hopes of finding a successful match.

A 2005 study of data collected by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that individuals are more likely to use an online dating service if they use the Internet for a greater number of tasks, and less likely to use such a service if they are trusting of others.

It is possible that the mode of online dating resonates with some participants' conceptual orientation towards the process of finding a romantic partner.

However, for paid sites, as both sides have invested into finding someone special, they are more likely to have quality and up-to-date profiles and be looking for a more serious relationship too.