POF has a reputation for casual dating, and it was obvious that many users weren’t trying too hard for meaningful connections.
Profile questions were left blank and a lot of the messages we received were generic “hey’s” that made it hard to tell if we were talking to a real person or a spambot.
Of the 114 messages we received, only five were from legitimate, interested users — 4 percent to OKCupid’s 12 percent.
POF’s website isn’t very intuitive, which can make finding that needle in a haystack even more complicated.
We also received the highest percentage of messages we rated “good.” While all of OKCupid’s main features — messaging, viewing profiles, answering questions — are free, there is a paid option for those looking to get a little more out of their search.