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There aren’t many dating sites out there that claim to be free and actually are. But flirtbox is. Build a profile, upload photos, send messages, join discussions and don’t pay a thing for the privilege. Flirtbox is a realm of free love.
The number of members on flirtbox, likely because of its genuine “freeness” is fairly impressive at around half a million in the UK. It also shows you who is new and who is currently online, which lets you skip through older profiles and talk to people who are likely to respond. The search facilities are quite basic compared to other sites, though, which can make searching a long and drawn out process. It would benefit from a few more filters such as “preferred body type” or “hobbies”, rather than its current pre-set of “location” and “age”. A strange preference is given to physical attractiveness, too, through its photo rating system and hot lists. This gives some users potentially unwarranted attention whilst likely leaving “normal looking people” a little deflated. This is optional, though, and you can request that your photos are not used in a ratings system. There is a strangely addictive quality to its “hot or not” game-style system of rating photos which can suck you in. But as we’re all told, love is blind, so it’s good to look beyond the top rated members and to explore the site based on other important attributes.
But with great power, come great responsibility (as many a super hero knows). There are a few hidden dangers with flirtbox, which although are not an exclusive problem to this site alone, are worth considering. There have been a few complaints of profiles being deleted without warning or reason, and seemingly without much of a response from the powers that be. This has caused frustration to some members, and rightly so. Since it’s free you can easily enough open a new profile with a new email account, though it’s quite the hassle, particularly if you’ve taken the time to make something special and build up a group of compatriots. Free services also mean that you’re likely to find a few timewasters who are just producing profiles for the fun of it, potentially not even about themselves. Be wary, but of course not so cautious that you don’t ever bother to find out about anyone! Flirtbox is aware of this problem and offers advice (including a number of tutorial and news videos) about how to avoid being scammed. This is less likely to happen on a paid site as there’s a monetary investment that jokers and scammers are unlikely to want to pay for.
To conclude, then, Flirtbox is a decent dating site with enough members to offer anyone a potential romance. It could have a few more features and its searching is basic, but well...it’s FREE! You’ve nothing to lose, really, and it can be a lot of fun just to check out profiles and send the occasional message, even if you don’t find someone that you’re likely to fall madly in love with. Give Flirtbox a try and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised.
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