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PassionSearch.com offers a free online dating service for men and women who are looking to meet other men and women from around the world. You’ll perhaps be a bit dazzled by its chic exterior as attractive animated video guides assist you through the site and futuristic options boxes adorn your screen. The site claims to be 100% free, always, and though you can be a basic member at no cost there are some serious restrictions on what you can and cannot achieve as a free member, which does make the “100% free, always” claim seem somewhat misleading if you’re expecting a comprehensive service.
So what can a free member expect? Well as a free member you may create a profile and perform a basic search through profiles. The site shows you how many people in your area are online (which is usually a good number given the 19 million or so members), but it isn’t necessarily easy to locate those members after having performed a search. Hovering over a profile picture gives you several options, such as sending an instant message or requesting a meet-up, though the latter seems unrealistic given that you probably don’t yet know the person. There are a number of video chat rooms that you can explore if you’re a paying member. You can also have webcam chats...if you’re a paying member. You might send a special someone an email...if you’re a paying member. Yes, you get the idea. Despite its claims, PassionSearch.com only really offers you a worthwhile service if you’re paying for it. Sign up is quick and easy, the site is attractive and throws a lot of pictures of models your way, but ultimately leaves you feeling somewhat duped.
But perhaps you’ve searched around, found a few members who look like they’re likely candidates for your attention, and you decide to pay to contact them properly? Well this is possible: silver membership will allow you to contact all members and reply to emails (though of course they’ll need to be a paying member to email you too). Access to the webcam elements of the site might be of interest to some, though we’re not convinced they’re worth the money unless webcam chat is absolutely what you’re interested in. It’s also worth mentioning that there are a number of reviews and complaints regarding this site and the authenticity of its membership numbers.
All in all Passion Search comes across as the cool kid in the playground: flashy, attractive, but not necessarily worth your time. Take a look at some profiles, see if there’s anyone near you who you’re interested in and think carefully about whether or not you think it’s worth the paid price. It’s free service may be free but it’s mostly useless if you’re serious about getting a date.
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