If you are looking for a hookup, you are fortunate to live in a world with the technology that can put your next hookup just a few clicks away. Today, there are many hookup sites and apps out there that promise to provide users with the connections they want quickly and easily. However, because there are so many of these sorts of sites and options available, it can be quite difficult to know which one you should choose… or whether you should work with multiple hookup sites.
You have a lot of things to consider, but we’re here to make things easier and to help you get a better idea of what you should be looking for in a hookup site.
Traditional Dating Sites Aren’t Usually for Hookups
One of the first things you should realize is that many of the most popular dating sites are not hookup sites. While it is certainly possible to find some people on those sites who are agreeable to a hookup, most of the people signed up for traditional dating sites are looking for just that – traditional dating. They are looking for a special someone to make a part of their life, potentially permanently. If you are only looking for casual relationships, one-night stands, and hookups, or friends with benefits, then those sites are not right for you.
Instead, you will be much happier when you choose to use a site that is specifically for hookups. That doesn’t mean that you might not find someone that you truly like, of course. It’s just that these types of sites tend to be populated by people who are looking for the same sort of casual relationship that you want to have. Nothing serious, just a hookup once, or now and then.
Therefore, you need to confine your searches to sites that are specifically for hookups if that is what you are after.
What Are You Looking For in a Hookup?
To find the best hookup sites, you need to understand what you want out of the site. What are you looking for? For many people, the answer to this question is going to be based purely on what you find to be physically attractive when it comes to a partner. With a hookup, you aren’t overly concerned with a person’s hobbies, what they do for a living, the type of car they drive, or other types of personal information. Most are generally only interested in what the other person looks like. Remember, this is not dating; this is a hookup.
Fortunately, there are many different types of hookup sites out there that can cater to just about every desire that you could possibly have. If you are only interested in certain types of men or women, if you are looking for a gay and lesbian hookup site, a site for those who might be into certain fetishes, or just about anything else, you can likely find a hookup site for it. In fact, there are many niche sites that can appeal to a range of tastes. These could be a good option for you. Of course, there are also plenty of “general” hookup sites that have a wide range of people looking for some no strings attached love.
Take the time to think about what you are looking for in a hookup, and then it will be easier for you to narrow your list of choices.
What Does the Site Offer?
After you have an idea of what you are looking for in a hookup, it is time to delve a bit deeper into what the specific sites have to offer in terms of the features and options. The best hookup sites are going to have a wide range of features that help to make it as easy as possible for members to connect with one another.
You should consider just how much access you have to member photos and profiles at various tiers of service. Some of the hookup sites will offer free membership, but they will have limited access at that tier. If you are looking for a free site, make sure you know what type of access and communication it offers. Are you able to message the others on the site? Can you video chat with them? Is instant messaging available? In some cases, you will find that only premium members have access to the advanced features for communication and viewing full profiles.
In addition, you will want to consider the search parameters on the site. You want to be able to find the exact type of person you want to hookup with, so make sure the site provides you with a quality search tool. For example, some of the best hookup sites allow members to search for height, weight, hair and eye color, sexual preferences, etc. when they are looking for a hookup. With better search options, it allows the users to find exactly the right type for the hookup.
Again, some of the hookup sites out there restrict some of the search parameters to those who are premium members. For many, this could be one of the reasons they switch from a free membership to a premium membership.
Plenty of hookup sites have other types of features available. These could include video profiles, webcam chat, forums, chatrooms, and similar options. When you are looking at potential sites to join, whether premium or free hookup sites, always look into the details to see exactly what it is you are getting.
How Active Is the Site?
One of the other important elements you need to consider when you are choosing a hookup site is whether the site is active or not. You want to find a site that not only claims to have a large number of members, but also that has a lot of users who are active on a regular basis. A site with few users means few hookups, simple as that.
Sites that are structured well and managed well tend to have more active users. The same is true if the site is user friendly when it comes to navigation, using the various features, and getting support when needed.
While having a large number of members can be important for hookup sites, you need to remember that activity of the members is more important. Lots of activity on the site from people who are interested in hookups means a greater chance that you will find the hookup you’ve been looking for.
Do You Mind Paying for Access?
As we’ve touched on throughout the article thus far, there’s the matter of paying for the hookup sites. It’s true there are some free hookup sites out there, and some of them can do a fine job of helping you find a potential hookup. However, paid sites, and paying to become a premium member often does have more benefits to it. Therefore, one of the big questions you will have to ask yourself is whether you are willing to pay for these memberships or you would rather take your chance on a free hookup site instead.
You will find that many of the premium sites will have very similar features and benefits from one company to the next, and that the prices tend to be close to one another. This is because they are competing. This doesn’t mean that the most expensive hookup site is necessarily the best, though. You always have to consider all of the other factors discussed here when you are choosing your site or site.
When you are determining whether you want to pay for premium access or not, look at what the site offers free members and what it offers to premium members. Weigh those features versus the costs to determine whether you want a full membership. Keep in mind that with many of the sites, you can start out with a free membership to see what it offers, and then move up to a paid membership if you decide you want more.
Check the Reviews of Sites
Before you sign up for a site, it is also a good idea to check some reviews. You want to get an idea of what other people have to say about the site before you start to spend money on it, naturally. You should check out both professional reviews, as well as reviews from those who are members. This can give you a better idea of how well the features are implemented into the site, along with what you can expect when you join.
Keep in mind that different people will have different rates of success on these sites. Sure, people are looking for hookups, but you need to find someone whose requirements you meet, as well. Therefore, you might have success on some sites where others will not and vice versa. Still, the reviews will give you a better understanding of the site’s workings, which is the most important element at this point. If you find a site isn’t working for you later, you can always cancel the membership and try your luck elsewhere instead.
How Easy Is It to Join and Get Started?
You want to get on the site quickly, so you can fill out your profile and start finding hookups, right? You don’t want getting started on the hookup site to be more time-consuming and difficult than filling out your taxes. You should be able to start up your account in just a few steps, and it should all be explained in easy to understand terminology. The site itself should have a simple enough layout that you can get to all of the areas you want to access, along with your account information, quickly and easily. You don’t have the time or energy for a convoluted site that makes it difficult to find what you need. The easier the better.
Does the Site Offer Support?
What happens if you have a problem with your account? Perhaps you want to cancel, or you would like to upgrade your account. Maybe you have a question about why a certain feature is not working properly. You need to have a site that can offer quality support and that can get you up and running again quickly. Find a site that can offer technical support when needed, preferably by email and phone around the clock. Some of the sites may also offer chat support, which is a nice feature.
In addition, you want there to be FAQs that you can read when you have questions about certain features or functions. These should be thorough enough to answer most of the questions that you might have. However, you still want to have some sort of support available.
Should You Use One Service or Multiple Sites?
Once you find some sites that meet your requirements, you have to decide which one you want to join. Or, you might consider joining multiple sites to improve your chance of finding a hookup sooner. While the choice is yours, you have to think about several things when making this decision.
If you become a premium member to multiple sites, the cost is going to increase, naturally. Therefore, you need to be quite choosy about the hookup sites you use. Remember there are free hookup sites, and sites that have different tiers – free and premium. You might want to start out with just one or two premium sites, and have free memberships on some of the others. If you feel that another site seems to offer more, you can then become a premium member of that site while canceling one of your other memberships, if you are concerned about the cost.
Having multiple irons in the fire, or hooks in the water, does increase your chance of finding a hookup. It’s a simple as that. However, even more important, is making sure that you are choosing the best hookup sites in the first place. With some time and energy spent on research, you will find success.