Be Linked is an obvious choice, as it uses your Linked In account the way Tinder uses your Facebook profile, but this is not your only option.
I found a lot of lesser-known possibilities for professionals, such as Raya, Dapper, and The Dating Lounge, and though they all vary in theme and content, they have one thing in common: A high yield of professionals who log into the apps on the regs.
Consumer Affairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide.
You could meet people you don't like, people who don't like you, people who are boring or even downright dangerous. We're not saying these are the best sites for you -- that's something you need to decide for yourself -- but like examining puppies or seaside condos, looking can be half the fun. Remember how we said there were sites that cater to every demographic slice imaginable?
But the same is true of just about any other method of meeting people. What it comes down to is that there are risks in everything so as long as you take the obvious precautions -- don't meet strangers in dark places, don't send money to someone you've never met and don't reveal all your personal information in a single gush -- online dating is probably less dangerous than crossing a busy street or trying to clean out your gutters on a windy day. Many cater to individual tastes -- there are sites for gays, Jews, Christians, equestrians, millionaires, Hispanics and old white people. Well, here's one that specializes in New England, a locale that can be a little forbidding and frosty to the uninitiated.
"I submitted a review a number of months ago and I just wanted to say that Marcel and I have now been married for a number of months and are very happy," said Sheree of Kitchener, On., in a Consumer Affairs review, one of several from Lifemates clients who tied the knot with dates they met through the service.
Like Successful Singles and It's Just Lunch, Lifemates uses a personal inteview and match-up process and targets upscale clients."The Lifemates Canada Dating program carefully evaluates each and every member so that we can introduce you to an individual that shares your interests and background," the company says.
The world is a big place but perhaps not quite big enough to be so inflexible in our choices.
As with all the services featured here, read the contract carefully, be sure you understand it and keep a copy. If a dating service says it will introduce you to two people a month, it's not realistic to expect it to produce more than that. Maybe it's just that folks really are friendly (or at least very cold) in Canada and unusually grateful for human warmth but for whatever reason, Lifemates Canada seems to have a stellar record of forging new alliances.
With offices in major cities, it's not restricted to a single geographic area.
The reviews we're received at Consumer Affairs the last few years have been largely positive, like this one from Michael of North Carolina: "By and large I have been satisfied with the experiences gained from the group.
"Lifemates introduces you to members whom, because of common values, goals, professional backgrounds and other similarities, provide the highest likelihood that you will move your date into a true relationship."Lifemates Canada has been in business for more than 20 years and has 10 offices around the country. Lunch is OK but what if you want to go skydiving or horseback riding? Operating in nine cities, Events and Adventures organizes a series of events each month for its invitation-only clients."In a group, there’s no pressure, everyone relaxes, and you can be yourself.
Each month is packed with 30-50 great event choices: foodie, night out, active adventure, casual hangout," the company says.
The dates have all been delightful, professional women.