While there are other general dating sites, and e Harmony are the most prominent.Other general sites operate in a similar manner but typically have some features that distinguish them from these two goliaths.
First, they provide a large pool of potential matches and they all have a large number of Catholics present on them.
Second, they all have ways of indicating how important your faith is to you and matching you with people based on this characteristic.
Catholic Match also runs the Catholic Match Institute, which features success stories from Catholic Match couples as well as dating and marriage advice. It seeks to bring together “like minded Catholic singles” and makes “you feel comfortable expressing yourself as both a Catholic and a single.” Catholicmingle has over 100,000 users.
It is run by Spark Networks, which competes with general dating sites by operating a consortium of niche sites that includes Black Singles, Christian Mingle, and, its most famous site, JDate, for Jews.
e Harmony is another large dating site, also around 20 million users, and focuses on people who are interested in marital relationships.
To set up a profile on e Harmony, you take a personality questionnaire consisting of over 400 questions.
Some believe that this is the reason e Harmony is one of the few online dating sites that has more women than men.
e Harmony’s uniqueness and popularity are reflected in its approximately a month cost.
The one site that is slightly different is Ave Maria Singles. The website “pledges to offer a service solely dedicated to helping faithful, practicing Catholics find their future spouse and help them become a better follower of Christ.” The site is for Catholics who are able to marry in the Church and opposed to using contraception.
Members have discerned a vocation to sacramental marriage but have not yet found the right person.
There are two basic types: general dating sites that have large numbers of people and those that are specifically Catholic dating sites.