Perhaps beyond just charging for messages, sites could adjust the price according to how high quality someone's engagement seems to be.
You might be wondering which site is best for you, and if you should bother paying for a membership or not.
“I’ve always assumed that putting anything behind a pay wall makes it more attractive and weeds out the casual users and trolls,” agrees Joseph Lynn, a Chicago man who used e Harmony and Match as well as a few free sites.
“The fact that e Harmony matched me with several women with whom I shared common interests led me to believe that I was seeing more quality matches.” At the same time, you shouldn’t write off a site just because it’s free.
On a site like Ok Cupid anyone can send you a message, whereas on the free app Bumble or on Tinder or e Harmony, only people you are matched with can get in touch.
Kominers thinks online daters could be well served by a service that isn’t quite free but doesn’t involve a subscription fee either.