Buying a house, applying for a job, becoming a new patient at a doctor’s office, purchasing a car — all of these things require a lot of paperwork and take a lot of time. Not to mention some fees could be required.
Signing up for a dating site, like Match.com, though, doesn’t come with form after form and payment after payment. The site’s goal is to get you on your way and meeting people as soon as possible with as little stress as possible. It only takes five steps to get started, and it’s totally free.
1. Choose the Free Membership
The Match process begins by going to the homepage (or downloading the app via iTunes or Google Play) and following the prompts on the screen. This is for a free membership that will never expire. You also have the option of signing up through Facebook, which speeds up everything even more.
We’ve included some links to Match in the graph below as well as some important facts you might want to know about the site:
Some of the big takeaways we want to point out are Match’s size (13.5 million monthly visitors, not to mention 30 million members, in general) and reputation (the most romantic connections of any of its competitors). Whether you want a date or long-term commitment, you’re in good hands on Match.
2. Select Your Qualities & Characteristics
To create your profile, you’ll begin by answering basic questions about yourself, with more in-depth ones to follow. The information the site wants to know about you includes:
- Gender and the gender you’re looking for
- Zip/postal code
- Body type (slender, average, athletic/toned, or heavyset)
- Relationship status (never married, currently separated, divorced, or widow/widower)
- Do you have any kids? (no, yes: away from home, yes: sometimes live at home, or yes: live at home)
- Do you want kids? (no, definitely, or someday)
- Education level (high school, some college, associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, or PhD/post-doctoral)
- Do you smoke? (no, occasionally, daily, or trying to quite)
- How often do you drink? (never, socially, moderately, or regularly)
Don’t stress out about answering some of these open-ended questions, such as if you want kids. You can always go to your profile (click your image in the top-right corner of your dashboard) and make edits whenever you want if something in your life changes.
3. Select Up to 5 Interests
Next, Match asks you to pick your top five interests — from movies/videos, to cooking, to performing arts, to volunteering and travel/sightseeing, among others. If you have more hobbies you want to share, there are more places to do so
Take a look at the screenshot above, and you’ll also notice faces with check marks at the bottom. As you’re filling out your profile, Match starts recommending compatible matches right away. The site never stops working for you!
4. Determine What’s Most Important to You
In addition to learning about your personality and lifestyle, Match wants to learn about your ideal date or partner’s personality and lifestyle. In the “Looking for something specific?” section, you’ll see the same characteristics and qualities from the second step (age, height, body type, wants kids, has kids, ethnicity, drinking, education, religion, smoking, marital status, and salary), and when you click one, you’ll choose what your preferences and/or dealbreakers are.
For example, if you tell Match marital status is important to you, the options will show up again (never married, currently separated, divorced, or widow/widower), and you can say which types you want to see in your match suggestions and which types you don’t.
5. Describe Yourself
At this point, you’ll be past the multiple-choice questions — it’s time to say, in your own words, what you’re all about and what you want out of your love life. You must write at least 100 characters, but we’d recommend writing as much as you can so people are inspired to reach out.
Match has an example sentence if you need some ideas for what to say: “I have a great sense of humor and laugh at myself all the time. I’d like to meet someone who is adventurous and likes having fun.” Below this example, you’ll also see that you can decide if you want to have your profile showcased on the website (e.g., the homepage) and/or appear on one of Match’s sister sites. If you’re not interested, just uncheck the boxes.
Free? Check! Fast? Check! Facile? Check! Fun? Check!
Match has some other fields you can fill out, such as adding a photo, but the five steps above are all you need to complete. The site will use this information to find you the best matches possible. It will also use your on-site behavior (e.g., who you search for and like) to do so.
Some things, like trying to get a mortgage or new car, can take hours or even days, but when it comes to love, there’s no time to wait. Match agrees, which is why the site does everything it can to kickstart your journey.