Hinge lets you customise your profile to add three key bits of personal information - claiming this will help you find something more real. You can certainly tell more about your potential partners from their profiles, but the catch? It comes with the pressure of coming across as witty, fun and effortlessly debonair. Plus the answers might get a little old - we get it, people hate slow walkers.
The site has more than 150,000 Ukrainian, Russian and Eastern European women looking for love on its platform. When do a search of female girls, you will find thousands of women in Ukraine and across the world on the platform available for chats. Most of them are at early 20s to early 30s, though there are also younger and older women out there. You do have lots of options here and this improves your chance of finding your another half.
But the most appealing finding about these two dating sites is that their online daters are very serious about relationships. According to a recent survey conducted by GFK Knowledge Panel, the top three reasons to use an international dating site is to: find Companionship (67%), find true love (60%) and to find a life partner (59%). Fewer of these international daters are looking for marriage. Only about 31% are. Nor are they looking to start a family; necessarily, only about 19% fall into this category. But they are more likely than online daters in general to want to focus on settling down.
Larry Cervantes, the company spokesman, wrote to me after the tour: "It's true that some of these guys are spending money they don't have. But guys go broke in the US chasing American women, as do Brits chasing Brits. So what's the difference? Throughout history men have pursued the unattainable, and throughout history they've made fools of themselves. How is this any different?"
I once traveled to Ukraine and I can say for sure those girls are gorgeous. That was a short business trip, so I didn’t have enough time for romantic acquaintances. Two years later I came across this site and thought it was my chance to finally get to know some Ukrainian beauties better. I’ve already found several interesting girls, and I’m planning my next trip.
Except that the branding is still somewhat disturbing. The men pay for every minute they chat online to a woman, something that it becomes clear is a dangerous part of the business model. The company claims on its website that finding a woman in Ukraine is like "dating a model, but with the values of your grandmother". The men featured in testimonials are sick of western women, whom they insist have forgotten "family values".