- GOOD: A good number of questions about faith preferences.
- BAD: Questionably “Christian” site and low membership numbers.
- TAKEAWAY: It doesn’t stand out from the crowd but it’s not awful; eharmony is still our favorite, though.
Christian Cupid is an online dating site created by the Australian company Cupid Media. And no, thank goodness, neither site uses a cartoon Cupid shooting a bow and arrow as their logo. If they did, we might have a difficult time taking them seriously. C’mon, admit it. You would too.
Like Christian Mingle and other online dating sites, Christian Cupid isn’t owned by an explicitly “Christian” company. Instead, Christians are one niche out of many that Cupid Media targets. They have other online dating sites such as Black Cupid, Japan Cupid, Colombian Cupid, and sites targeted towards gay and lesbian couples.
For some folks, those last two site options alone are reason enough to not do business with Christian Cupid or Cupid Media. We respect that. If that is your personal conviction, then you might want to look into other explicitly Christian online dating sites such as Christian Crush, Christian Cafe and Marry Well. Both sites originated from Christians and are specifically-Christian sites. Other sites such as eharmony and Match.com either have options for same-sex dating or have partner sites that offer it.
Again, we want to provide this information in the event that this is an issue for you personally.
Christian Cupid Pros and Cons
Pro: You are allowed to select from various denominations when searching for profiles. There are a multitude under “Christian.”
Con: There are also a multitude of other religions that are not Christian–Hindu, Islam, Buddhist. If it’s a specifically-Christian site, why are these even an option?
Pro: You are allowed to choose the level of religious value as well as how often someone attends services when searching through profiles. You can choose that your matches are “religious,” “very religious,” or “not religious” or if they attend services daily, weekly, monthly, on holidays, rarely, or never.
Con: We really don’t like the term “religious.” And the rest of the options make us wonder why someone who would call themselves “not religious” or who never attends services would even want to pay money to an “Christian” online dating site.
Pro: When you create your profile, you’re able to specify if you’re signing up for romance/dating or marriage.
Con: When you create your profile, you’re able to check a box stating that you are presently married. Do we even have to explain why that option bothers us? Plus, you can also state that you’re just looking for a pen pal. Sketchy stuff, if you ask us.
Pro: Christian Cupid includes many of the options that other solid online dating sites offer, such as profile views, IM/chat, mobile options, and blocking people. They also tell you how recently each profile has been active, which is a feature we always like to see.
We searched for male profiles, ages 25-40, within 250 miles of Dallas, Texas. Results: 168 matches. Only 5 had logged in within the last week; 9 within the last month.
When we did a more advanced search of the same details, but adding that we wanted them to be a non-denominational Christian who is very religious and attends church weekly, we only got 3 results and all of those were active over a year ago.
Then we searched for female profiles with the same demographic (25-40, within 250 miles of Dallas). Results: 242 matches. Only 3 had logged in within the last week; 10 in the last month.
And the more advanced search of the ladies? Only 3 results, too, and none were active less than 8 months ago.
Now, if you’re into global dating and geography doesn’t mean anything to you, then this might not be a problem area. But for those who want to date people in their same town or nearby, this is a detractor for Christian Cupid. If these are the results for a major metropolitan area like Dallas, then smaller towns would be even less. Maybe Australian results might be greater since they are an Australian-based company. And if you’ve ever wanted to live there, then hey, this might be just the site for you!
When it comes to pricing, Christian Cupid is in the mix with other online dating sites. A one-month membership runs around $25, and, like other sites, the price per month decreases if you commit to multiple months. For instance, if you sign up for one year, the total price will be under $100 (in one installment).
Christian Cupid doesn’t blow us away with what it offers. Basically, it just doesn’t have anything new or different that wows us. But, if you’re looking for a different site than the big names that are often tossed about, then Christian Cupid is definitely an option.
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