Here's an overview of the best dating sites on the market. Bumble requires women to message first and if the guy doesn't message back within 24 hours, he loses the potential match.
My recommendations for the best dating sites are based primarily on my own experiences with online dating sites as a woman, with some word-of-mouth impressions from friends thrown in for good measure. Because that's the one thing my love life was really missing... The timer is designed to encourage contact, and some people really do appreciate that feature.
I shouldn't have to look up online tutorials to figure out how to use a dating app. I was also disappointed in the notifications, which I found too pushy.
CMB was constantly "gently" reminding me to message users I'd matched with.
You'll need to wade through a sea of profiles, which makes it easy to pass over people you might have given a chance under different circumstances. I have friends who've met spouses through Ok Cupid. In fact, I've been on Ok Cupid, on and off, for roughly the last 11 years.
Profiles are much more in-depth than most dating sites, and if you answer a seemingly endless series of questions, they will spit out a reasonable Match/Enemy percentage ratio on profiles to help you gauge compatibility.
For people who like a little extra hand-holding, CMB isn't the worst option.