Dating Apps The Top 6

The Top 6 rated Dating Websites and Apps.

In this blog I am going to have a look at the top 6 dating websites and apps that have been chosen by some dating experts! The top 6 dating websites and apps are:

  • Zoosk
  • Elite Singles
  • Match
  • Eharmony
  • Our Times 50+
  • Silver Singles 50+

I have decided to try the top four dating websites to see what they are like and also if they are easy to use! I think dating websites should be uncomplicated to make it easier for people to find potential matches! I made a profile on each of the top 4 dating websites to see which one in my opinion is easiest to use!

Zoosk Dating Website

The first one I tried was Zoosk, this was at the top of the list as the top rated dating app and website so I thought this would be a great place to start! The first thing I noticed is that it is very easy to make a profile and also very quick, you don’t have to upload a photo of yourself straight away and you can get started with quite a basic profile and then add to it when you are ready. The profile I made was for the free content of the Zoosk website but there are other options where you can pay to have more features. On some of the dating websites you had to pay to even see clear photos of possible matches which isn’t great really as you would really need to subscribe to get the best out of the app.

I also noticed that Zoosk doesn’t ask you lots of questions about your likes and dislikes or what you think about certain situations. This could be as it is a free website to start with or it could be that they want you to get to know someone for yourself rather than going on your answers to show you potential matches. Some websites and apps only show you what matches there are based on your answers to questions, Zoosk seems to give you a bit more free reign as to what you are looking for.

I had a quick look at what features there are available on Zoosk for people to talk to each other and there seems to be a good selection!

Features available for talking to other Zoosk users:

  • Text messages can easily be sent to each other.
  • Live chat feature so you can talk to new people instantly.
  • Video chat is available.

As you can see there are quite a few ways that you can interact with potential partners and the website itself is very easy to use!

Elite Singles Dating Website

The next one I tried was Elite Singles, this was second on the list of the top dating websites and apps and it had some good reviews. I kept in mind the experience I had with Zoosk and did compare the two a little bit. The very first thing I noticed about the Elite Singles website is that there are so many click boxes and questions to answer, this was a very indepth questionnaire that took quite a while to complete. Also with the questions the answers were quite none specific so more like a rating system of how much you agreed with a statement!

After I had spent quite a long time clicking the boxes, you then had to verify your email address, finally I thought we were getting somewhere! From there you had to make your profile and add a profile photo. I had spent so long clicking boxes, waiting for the verification email to come through and then doing the profile that it had to be time to be able to see what people there were on the Elite Singles website but no, I was taken to a payment screen where you had to pay to use the website. I had seen online that there are free features that you can use but I couldn’t see the option for that on the screen So I wasn’t able to see what the website is like or how easy it is to use!

Match Dating Website

The third dating website on the list was Match, this dating website was very easy to use, making an account was easy, the questions were also quick and easy to get your profile started. Match also has a feature where you can see what similarities you have with the people in your area and also further afield which was quite interesting to see. You have a shuffle option where Match provides you with a selection of profiles that you may want to view. You can also add profiles of people that you might want to talk to in your favorites so it felt a bit a like a shop! You can subscribe to Match if you wanted to but the free content is quite extensive so you might not need to!

Like with Zoosk I had a quick look at the features that are available for you to use to talk with other Match users, here they are:

  • You can email other people with an internal email system.
  • A live chat is available so that you can chat with online members.
  • There is also a video chat feature present too.

From the dating websites that I have looked at and tested Match seems to have the most free content and also has the most indepth information and features that you can use for free.

Eharmony Dating Website

The final dating website I tried out was Eharmony, when you first go onto the website to start a dating profile you are informed that the questionnaire or compatibility test can take up to 20 minutes to complete so it is a very indepth process if you want to use Eharmony. It does ask very random questions at times, for example ‘do you sleep with the window open’ so be prepared for some strange questions. Once you have sat thinking about these questions for at least 20 minutes you are taken through to the all the profiles however all the photos of the other users are blurred so you only see a bit of information about that person. To unblur the photos you have to pay, which I do think is a bit rubbish. Eharmony offer  payment plans of 6 months, 12 months or 24 months so you are kind of tied into the subscription for a while. In terms of use of the website I didn’t see much point in going any further as you have to pay to be able to do things.

What I thought overall

After going through all the dating websites, I have to say that the best dating websites for me are Zoosk and Match. Zoosk has lots of free features and so does Match which is quite appealing especially when the other websites are quite expensive and with one you are tied into a subscription for a few months at least. Everybody is different so maybe you might feel people are more serious about meeting someone on a paid dating website, I don’t know if they are or not but I would be more inclined to use a free website like Match if I was looking for a date!

Food and First Dates

Lets talk about Food and first dates!

Is there foods that you should avoid on a first date? I don’t know, I would say that you should be able to eat whatever you like on a first date but I’m sure some people would disagree with me! The thing that you really shouldn’t do is eat something that you don’t like or are not sure about just to impress or not upset your first date! For example if you have food allergy don’t be scared to say this to your first date, it’s better to say it early on rather than them finding out later when you are having some sort of reaction and your first date doesn’t know what to do!

So lets have a look at what foods people suggest aren’t the best to eat on a first date!


As a person with Italian heritage it makes me sad that this is suggested to avoid on a first date however I actually completely understand it, spaghetti can be a bit wild to eat and if you add in a sauce then it can be game over! Also if your first date is a bit funny about food noises when someone is eating then spaghetti is going to have them squirming in their seat!

Onions and Garlic.

Onions and garlic are on a lot of peoples foods not to eat on a first date, garlic and onions can give you bad breath and also make you a bit farty! Which is probably not the best for a first date! However if your date is also having onions and garlic does it really matter if you have it and get garlic breath?

Spicy Food.

Well we all know what can happen if you decide to go for that super spicy curry or those Mexican jalapeno peppers. Yep tummy troubles can follow when you have had a spicy meal and to add to that you may end up with spicy breath too! I don’t think I would take the chance with spicy for on a first date as it can all end in tears (literally if you decide to go for a vindaloo)

An Ice Cream Cone!

For me having a swift 99 and a flake sounds amazing but I suppose on a first date it can be totally different! Do you bit the ice cream, lick it or eat the thing whole? Who knows! What if it is a hot day and its starts to melt that’s another level of stress that you don’t need, especially if there aren’t any wet wipes to hand! Suddenly a innocent ice cream becomes a massive scary problem!

A liquid Lunch.

I think this goes without saying that if you are going for a meal with your first date then try to not drink yourself under the table! Add some food in there first so that the alcohol doesn’t go straight to your head. Of course a drink to steady your nerves can be a good thing just not the whole bottle of spirits!

In the end it is completely up to you what you decide to eat on your first date! When it comes to getting to know someone new, trust your senses and maybe not drink too much and please don’t be afraid to speak up about what you want and need especially if it could mean your first date has to use an epi pen on you because you have a fish allergy!

What not to do on a First Date

A few little things to remember on your first date

Now in this next blog about Dating I am going to be having a look at what you shouldn’t do on a first date! I think a lot of these ideas are pretty obvious when you are on a first date but lets have a look anyway at what you shouldn’t do on a first date!

Number 1: Don’t be late

Personally I can’t stand to be late to anything especially a first date where you want to make a really good impression as you are meeting this person for the first time but I suppose things can happen and if you keep your date informed then it would be ok but not the best situation!

So if you’re looking to truly make a good impression on a first date, there are many different reasons why being on time for your date is the right choice. First, much like in your work life, being on time in your personal life shows others that you value your dates time and you are making your date a priority, while also showing that you are capable of making and keeping commitments which is a great thing to show your date!

Did you know that being on time is a quality that’s highly attractive in other people! I don’t know where that fact comes from but it’s a very interesting one!

Being on time can also help to lessen the stress that you might be feeling as it is first date after all! It also means that you won’t arrive at your first date all flustered, but arrive at your first date feeling calm and collected.

Number 2: Lying

I can’t believe that people lie on a first date but if you have lied on a first date then you are not alone! In a survey of 8000 men and women the survey showed that over 60% of men and women thought it was perfectly fine to lie on a first date. Nearly 40% of women revealed that they had lied about their age on a first date. Men are more likely to tell a lie about their income on a date but both men and women have lied about the jobs that they do! I am quite shocked by that! I don’t understand what you get from lying about what you do or how old you are as if that first date leads to more dates you will need to keep lying!

Apparently people who lie can be viewed as scheming manipulators who are looking to deceive others. Lying can also be seen as a symptom of having low self-esteem as well as a poor self-image, both of which aren’t appealing characteristics. Lying to your first date also shows that you might not be able to be trusted. After all, when you lie to someone, how can this person be sure that you’re not going to lie again to them in the future. I would always suggest to be honest on a first date as things always come out in the wash as they say!

Number 3: Not Listening

Listening is a massive thing for me as you need to stop and listen to really understand what the other person is saying or feeling and also when your date can see that you are really listening it shows that you are really interested in what they are saying which is a great thing for a first date! This is called active listening and by using active listening on your first date, you can engage with this person in a meaningful way, while also showing that you’re interested in what’s being said by your first date and that you aren’t going through a script already in your head. It’s not too surprising to find out that being a good listener is a quality that others find quite appealing and attractive, as it shows your first date that you’re highly interested in getting to know them in a more meaningful way

Number 4: Don’t forger your Manners!

If you’re looking to make a good first impression on your first date, you should remember your manners this doesn’t mean that you have to act in a way that’s over-the-top or proper formal, it just means that you should behave in a way that represents your best self. You can always show your slobby side a bit later on into your relationship haha!!

So if you use basic table manners this can make a great positive impact on your first date, and you should try to avoid talking with your mouth full, burping and swearing but of course this is all up to you and how you want to be with your first date. I personally love it when people say please and thank and I always make sure I do even when I am driving and this can also help your date to see your gracious side, as it shows that you are a respectful person.

I hope you have enjoyed having a little read about what to not to do on a first date, by no means am I an expert or anything like that I just had a think about what I would like to do on a first date to make a good impression, it’s like a job interview really but with hopefully a bit of romance thrown in! First dates and dating can seem a bit daunting, but if you have the right attitude and approach, hopefully your first date will have more potential to grow into a budding and blooming long-term relationship if that’s what you want it to do!

The History of Dating

The History of Dating.

In this dating blog I am going to be looking at where dating came from, why dating started and also datings evolution over the years! So here goes!

The idea of dating really began at the turn of the 20th century. Prior to the late early 1900s, it was called courtship and was much more private and unemotional like a business transaction really!

A woman would meet with several different men always with her parents present, to find the most suitable match for marriage. This would be more about how their financial and social status was rather than love and romance which again makes it more like a business transaction between two families which is a bit sad!

When a young woman decided on a man she wanted to see exclusively, their activities as a couple took place either in the household, or at social gatherings. At that time, there was no such thing as just two young lovers “going out on a date.”

The biggest difference between courtship and dating is the freedom that dating allowed. While traditional courtship had its own set of rules that had to be stuck to, dating became less structured and more appealing to couples.

When people started dating, relationships became less restricted and more personal. As time moved on school, college and work began to open the doors to more potential dating opportunities as the purpose of dating was to have fun and not find a partner for marriage! This big shift in young peoples lives meant that the idea of courtship was left behind and dating became the new way to have fun and meet people.

The 1950s is where the term going steady came from and it was usually accompanied by the giving of a ring, sweater, jumper or that kind of thing (remember the scene in Grease where Danny wants to give Sandy his ring!)

Then we jump to the free love movement in the 60’s but we won’t talk about that because it’s rude!

The next major change in dating started with the introduction of matchmaking services and the internet. In 1965, two Harvard students created what is known as “Operation Match” to make dating easier for young people and this was one of the first matchmaking services before the internet even caught hold of it!

And with that followed the rise of internet dating and technology that then moved onto all the dating apps that are now widely used and available in 2020.

Dating Then and Now

Dating – The Series!

Through this series of blogs I am going to be having a look at Dating! Where dating came from, some dating does and don’ts and fingers crossed for some bad dating stories too!

To start here are a few of my own thoughts about dating!

Long gone are the days where you would get your best clothes on and visit the local dance hall to see if you could find a lovely lady or gentleman to dance the night away with and maybe something more if things went well. In a way I am a bit sad about that, the nostalgia and romance from catching someone’s eye from across the room, inviting them for a waltz and literally being swept off your feet seems such a long time ago.

Nowadays its all about the apps and swiping left and right which seems to have completely removed the romance of meeting someone in real life. However I do understand that we all have such busy lives that meeting someone by chance in person is something that would be quite hard to do. Rushing from A to B doesn’t leave a lot of time for any interaction with a potential date and this is when a dating app would come in handy, you can have a look at who is out there but in your own time and how you want to, my question is though having your head down looking at a phone on say public transport for example is that helping you to miss out on those chance encounters for dating?

What would happen if we went back to the old days where you met someone at a local dance or party and from there courted (as they called it) for a while to get to know that person in real life rather than messages back and forth, as we all know that messages can be read in completely different ways to how they were intended! Would there be a wave of romance that hits the nation or the world? Who knows but sometimes i think it would be worth a try! My grandparents obviously did something right after 40 years of marriage!

The next post in this series will be looking at the history of dating and seeing where it all began!

Ringwood Hall Wedding Photographer – South Yorkshire Wedding photography

Ringwood Hall Marquee Wedding Photography

This wedding saw me return to Ringwood Hall Marquee for wedding photography, my day started with the bride and her preparations before we made our way to the local church for the wedding ceremony. After the walk through confetti and family group shots at the church we made our way to Ringwood Hall but not before stopping off in a beautiful corn field for some bride and groom wedding photography.
We just had enough time for a big group shot before the heavens opened and we had to go into the marquee ready for the wedding breakfast. After this it was time for the speeches and a few more bride and groom wedding photographs in the secret garden while dodging the rain showers before the first dance.

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Solberge Hall Wedding Photography – Northallerton Wedding Photographers

Solberge Hall Northallerton Wedding Photography

Solberge Hall is a new venue for wedding photography for me and I always like to visit new venues! This lovely Autumn wedding day started with the preparations before the wedding ceremony at the local church. After a lovely wedding ceremony and family group wedding photographs it was time to make our way to Solberge Hall for a couple more family group wedding photographs and the bride and groom wedding photography.

Solberge Hall has some great places for wedding photography we could have photographed all day but as with most weddings time was ticking before the wedding breakfast so we concentrated on the beautiful Autumn colours and Solberge Hall itself. The wedding breakfast was followed by the speeches and first dance but not before a quick nightshot in the rain!

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Rogerthorpe Manor Wedding Photography – Wedding Photographer Wakefield

Rogerthorpe Manor Autumn Wedding Photography

As I am based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire I often photograph Weddings at Rogerthorpe Manor. Rogerthorpe is a venue that I have been visiting for years but over the winter months I was going almost every week.  My day started with bridal preparations at Rogerthorpe Manor before the groom arrived. After a few wedding photographs of the bride and her party in her room it was time for the wedding ceremony which was filled with some lovely moments.
After this we ventured outside for the family group wedding photographs around the grounds of Rogerthorpe Manor and also the bride and groom wedding photography before the wedding breakfast. After this it was time for the speeches and first dance but not before a beautiful night time wedding photograph where I captured a shooting star!
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Whitley Hall Wedding Photography – South Yorkshire Wedding photographer

Winter Wedding Photography at Whitley Hall Sheffield

A winter wedding at Whitley Hall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire. It was just before Christmas on a quite mild Winters day. My day started with the bride and her preparations at Whitley Hall before we made our way to the wedding ceremony which was filled with lots of lovely moments. After this it was time to venture outside for the family group wedding photographs and also the bride and groom wedding photography. As Whitley Hall has just one wedding that day we were able to wander off to the jetty and use all the grounds. This was followed by the wedding breakfast and speeches before some beautiful night time wedding photography using the Christmas tree what can be more magical than that!You can see the full blog here :

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Wedding Photographer York – Sandburn Hall Wedding Photography

Sandburn Hall Wedding Photography

A Winter wedding at Sandburn Hall in York for wedding photography. My day started with the bride and her preparations at a hotel in York before we made our way to Sandburn Hall on a mild Winter’s day. Just before the bride arrived there was enough time to get a couple of wedding photographs with the groom and his men before the wedding ceremony which was filled with lovely moments.
After this it was time to get outside in the fading light for the family group wedding photographs and the bride and groom wedding photography using the lovely Winters sky. The rest of the day was filled with the speeches and some great dancing from the wedding guests at the evening reception.For more information on the wedding photography packages that FS Imaging has to offer please visit

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