Review of Zoosk

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Zoosk has both a dating website and mobile dating app. Zoosk was founded in 2007 and has grown to have more than 38 million registered members on the platform. Single millennials are the biggest demographic because of its easy-to-use features and compatibility on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. The layout of its interface and navigational system are quite attractive too. You will have no troubles finding the options that you want. Some of the main options are related to finding more compatible matches and advertising your profile on the platform. With so many members actively using Zoosk, you are bound to find a compatible match in no time.

 

How does Zoosk Work

Zoosk has a very standard signup process. You will be asked basic information about yourself, such as your gender, partner preference, birthday, and zip code. After that, you will be required to upload at least one photograph of yourself. The platform does not want accounts with no photographs because they realize that no one will pay attention to those.

As you proceed further, you will be asked some more personal questions related to your lifestyle and background. For instance, you will specify if you have children and what your body type is. Once you finish those questions, you are done. You will be able to see matches within your local area that match the preferences you specified.

If you want to verify your account, you can link it to your Facebook or Twitter profiles too. This will make other members feel better about trusting you. It can also reduce the amount of time you spend on the signup process too. The best part is that you won’t be asked to enter your credit card information or anything like that. The basic account signup is 100% free. Of course, you have the option to upgrade to a premium membership if you want to utilize the advanced features.

Unfortunately, Chatting with others on Zoosk is not free. You are only allowed to send one free message to each match. If you want to send more messages, you need to upgrade to a premium account. The price of the premium membership is a choice between $19.98/month for 3 months or $12.49/month for 6 months. Aside from unlimited messaging, an upgrade will enable you to verify your profile photo as well.

 

Unique Features

Premium members will have access to a unique feature called SmartPicks. This feature analyzes your compatibility with other members. But it doesn’t use questionnaires or personality traits to determine this. Whenever you “like” or “dislike” another member’s profile, SmartPicks will use this information to help figure out the type of members you are more interested in. As time goes on, SmartPicks will be able to present you with the most accurate matches possible.

Another unique feature about Zoosk pertains to its female-to-male ratio. Approximately 52% of its members are female while 48% are male. This is unusual because most dating platforms have more men than women.

 

Pros

There are no personality or compatibility questionnaires that you need to spend hours filling out. The signup process should not take longer than 10 to 15 minutes at the most. It is free to do this, and you won’t be asked to submit your payment information either. You will only submit that information if you choose to upgrade to a premium membership.

Since there are more female members than male members, this increases the number of successful matches on the platform. It also means that female members won’t be bombarded with dozens of messages from men. With more females, the men will have more of a selection to choose from. They won’t all go after the same few females as they do on other websites.

Zoosk has millions of members and more than 8 million photographs verified. It is a very active website that has more than 3 million messages exchanged between members each day. The platform is simple and straightforward. It doesn’t take a technology wizard to learn how to use it.

 

Cons

Although you don’t need to spend time answering compatibility questions, this may limit the number of good matches that you find. The only real way to narrow down the compatible members is to upgrade and use the SmartPicks feature. But if you are looking for a free way to find compatible matches, you won’t get that on Zoosk.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that messaging is not free either. And even if you do upgrade, there are no webcam, chatroom, or video features to use. You can only send basic messages to members. Some dating websites offer free communication, so that limits the incentive of becoming a paid member on Zoosk.

 

Verdict

It is worth checking out for free. You could commit to just a 3-month premium membership and probably find a lot of compatible matches with the help of SmartPicks.

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