I did get the feeling the profiles on match were all real and were there for serious dating.

I was comfortable in making the first approach and I did have mail and contacts coming in.

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Oasis Active does have a live feel with most of the emphasis it seemed on the live chat service although it was a little clunky and difficult to manage multiple chats.

It did have an ‘approve or decline’ contact service which was at least one layer of screening although a little frustrating if you initiate the contact.

This review was posted in our blog by Cindy Hay July 2012! Established in 1995 it is one of the longest running online dating sites and with an estimated 20,000,000 worldwide users (approximately 1.5 million in Australia) it is very likely the largest.

Match offers a free sign-up and seach with limited contact functions however if you are serious about finding that special someone on match; in practical terms you will have to pay a monthly fee (something in the order of $20 depending on length of term).

Match Australia Pros: Match Cons: Match Australia Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars for dating in Australia!

One important statistic to remember is that 20% of the profiles get 80% of the attention.

Try and look passed the photo and try to read into what people say about themselves with an open mind 'don't be so critical'. Chatting or engaging with people in far away (often exotic) places is only asking for trouble.

If they are locals it is easy to establish their credentials this will minimize the risk of being scammed because believe me they are out there.

As all free sites I came across a number of members simply looking for sex chat and some questionable profiles (scammers can create fake profiles).

Given the ease in which I created my profiles I would imagine it would not be difficult for a scammer to set-up theirs so one should keep their guard up as this is par for the course on free dating sites.

If you are looking for certain characteristics in a partner, match has some nice features including 'chemistry" an advanced matching service which is a great icebreaker ’we are a match’.