Elite Singles Review
Like OurTime.com, Elite Singles is aimed more specifically than the more general sites like eHarmony and Match. It boasts that 67% of its users have some form of advanced education, but that's not the only thing they have going for them. They also offer a more comprehensive sense of reliability than most other sites, as they manually verify every account on the site. This site is clearly aimed at professionals and that shows in its site design and interface, which is very clean. It's a good representative of the site itself.
Upon creating an account on EliteSingles.com, you'll be directed into completing their 5-Factor personality questionnaire. Based on the Big Five model of personality traits that was developed in the 90s, the questionnaire measures your responses in relation to those five traits: extroversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness and neuroticism. Once you've been measured by these traits, the site matches you with other users with whom they think you'll be compatible. Then they go further by analyzing compatibility with those users in your demographic responses and the preferences you've expressed personally. If those criteria are also a match, the site suggests you and your match to each other.
The demographic responses they measure are the ones you would expect: age, gender, location, etc. The personal preferences are designed to elicit your desires for a long-term relationship, by asking questions about your wishes for future children, for example. You can also use these preferences yourself to search the site, looking for partners by both the demographic criteria and the personal preferences. The site will also suggest partners to you in other ways, like via their “Have You Met” feature, where they show you singles they think you'll like.
Interaction on the site is in the typical ways, through sending messages or by sending a “Smile.” The site will also generate Ice Breaker questions for you, though, if you can't think of any on your own. You have the ability to favorite users, as well as track who's visiting you and who has read your messages. Even with the questionnaire, it's easy to get up and running on the site—perhaps easier than any of these other sites. There is also a free membership option, although, unsurprisingly, the site offers the usual monthly increment memberships. With a paid membership, you get benefits like the Wildcard matches, which offer you twenty extra matches per day. Like most other sites, there is a mobile app for the determined dater on the go.
The final word: If you're a busy professional looking for a simple, straight-forward experience, EliteSingles.com is worth a look. It's not the site to go to if you're looking for a hookup or even just something a little more casual, but if you're wanting something serious, give it a try. It's also a good option for someone looking for other busy professionals, obviously. Having a degree doesn't necessarily make someone “elite,” but if that's something that's important to you, the odds are in your favor on this site.