Is it worth becoming a Zoosker to find love online in Belgium?
Zoosk Inc ranks among the world’s top online dating services, boasting 35 million members worldwide, including in Belgium, and a personalized approach that claims to put its app users in more control of who they connect with compared to other popular dating apps.
In this review of Zoosk, we’ll have a look at what the dating app offers singles in Belgium, and around the world, so you can make up your mind whether it’s worth becoming a Zoosker.
Who is Zoosk for?
Almost anyone! The Zoosk dating app is free to download from the Apple App Store in 25 languages in over 80 countries, including Belgium, and suitable for single men and women of any age looking for a new relationship.
You can use Zoosk’s dating app on any mobile device, including iPhones and Android devices, and you can access Zoosk on Facebook.
Zoosk uses ‘Behavioural Matchmaking technology’ to personalise the online dating experience to help singles find suitable matches for a relationship that’s just right for them. Whatever your age, gender or preference for a partner, Zoosk allows you to create connections without having to wait to receive a match.
4 Benefits of Online Dating
Today’s technology makes looking for a date a lot easier and less expensive than conventional dating. If you’re a traditionalist, you may be used to getting a date from an introduction to someone at school, the workplace or meeting someone at an event. You might even have gone on a blind date set up by family or friends acting as matchmakers. Here are some of the benefits that come with online dating:
- Save time & money. With traditional dating the chemistry of meeting face to face is exciting but it takes a lot of time and effort, especially for the men. There’s a lot of pressure on that first date, along with the fear of rejection.
With online dating, on the other hand, you don’t have to go to a bar or attend any social gatherings in the hopes of landing a date. The romantic link can be achieved from the comfort of your home. When you are on a dating app, all you have to do is just swipe and search.
- Online dating is less stressful. Meeting someone online and getting to know them slowly before you meet reduces anxiety. Chatting online is a lot easier and you’ll be more comfortable than trying to make polite conversation with a stranger in an intimate face-to-face situation.
- Set your own standards. If you’ve ever wondered whether any difficulties you’ve had staying in a relationship are down to one or the other being too picky, using a dating app such as Zoosk means you can be choosy and know about the characteristics, likes and dislikes of the other members you get in touch with – helping you to narrow down your choices.
- Endless choices. With millions of people using the Zoosk app and other online dating sites, your chances of success with dating online are much higher than hanging around in bars. There are millions of singles out there in the same situation as you. These days, many couples enjoying a long-term relationship met online and were married within a year.
Sign up with Zoosk in 3 easy steps
Signing up as a member of Zoosk is free and very easy. If you already have a Facebook or Google account you’ll be given the option to sign up through those accounts. When you’re ready to give online dating a try Click here to begin the process.
Select your gender and the gender you are looking for. Add your birthday, your email address and think up a password for your Zoosk account
Next you’ll be asked to state your location, such as the city you live in or near, then to upload a photo of yourself for your profile. There are instructions on the type of photo you can upload.
You can skip this step if you don’t have a photo yet.
Answer a few questions about yourself, such as your body type, whether you have children, your level of education, your ethnicity and a few other details.
Activate your account by clicking a link sent to the email address that you gave in step 1. You’ll then be taken through a demonstration of how to view other profiles and send messages to individuals that you’re interested in.
You are now a Zoosker
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll have joined the millions of other Zooskers around the world looking for love. Now you can can start looking through the profiles of other Zooskers in your area.
Free membership allows you to browse through individual profiles and make changes to your own. But you’ll have to spend money if you want to send someone a private message to show your interest in them.
The Carousel is a fun feature available to Zooskers. With it you can see the photo and age of other Zooskers and it allows them to decide whether they would like to meet you.
If you are looking through possible future matches on Carousel, and you are interested, selecting “yes” or “maybe” will send the other member a notification stating that you would like to meet them and ask them if they would like to meet you as well. If you are not interested in meeting a particular Zoosker, simply choose “no” and move to the next person.
If you and the other Zoosker both select “yes” a Mutual Match is created and you’ll show up in each other’s Connections.
Paying your way with Zoosk Coins
Sending messages and chatting with Zooskers requires having a paid subscription. Both paid subscribers and free members have to purchase Zoosk coins to unlock and access certain premium features, such as connecting with other Zooskers on the carousel that have shown interest.
Should you pay for Zoosk’s premium dating services?
You can have a lot of fun with free membership of Zoosk but it has its limitations. You’re not going to get very far hooking a free ride. If you use only the free membership then your profile won’t really be seen by other Zooskers and you won’t be able to make contact with other Zooskers.
If you see someone you want to make contact with, you will need to have premium membership or use Zoosk’s virtual currency, Zoosk coins, to buy the right to send that person a message.
Paying for premium membership allows you to unlock and take advantage of certain premium features, such as making connections, messaging and chatting to help you get to know other members better.
If you want to take advantage of those services as a free member you can purchase Zoosk coins to buy virtual goods. Here are some of the things you can use Zoosk coins for:
Buy a Boost to your profile
You can use Zoosk coins to quickly boost your popularity and highlight you in other member’s search results results, messages inbox, and Carousel of other users.
Pay to unlock matches in Carousel
If want to connect with a Mutual Match from Carousel, you can use Zoosk coins to unlock his or her profile. Unlocking Carousel matches is a good way to show people who are already interested in you that you’d like to get to know them better.
Buy virtual gifts for other Zooskers
If you’d like to make someone feel special, you can use coins to buy him or her a virtual gift. It’s a great way to stand out and show that you’re really interested in someone.
Buy message delivery confirmation
You can use Zoosk coins to buy a delivery confirmation of when a specific message that you sent to another Zoosker is opened.
Instant Crushes is another upgrade members can buy to make more connections while playing Carousel. Responding with a crush instead of just saying yes to someone lets them know you have a crush on them, which apparently makes it 5 times more likely they’ll start a conversation.
Both paid subscribers and free members can purchase Zoosk coins to boost their profiles, unlock Carousel matches, or buy gifts. Only subscribers can use Zoosk coins to purchase delivery confirmations on messages.
You must be a subscriber to send and receive messages, even if you use Zoosk coins to unlock a Carousel match. Both paid subscribers and free members may be required to purchase Zoosk coins to unlock and access certain premium features, such as connecting with people who have shown interest in you on Carousel.
In summary, Zoosk has some unique tools and features which set the dating service apart from other popular dating apps. However, you will have to pay for subscription upgrades to access the premium features mentioned above. And even when you have paid for a subscription upgrade, you may still have to purchase Zoosk coins to use those premium features.
At least you get what you pay for. Spending a little extra to get in touch with a Zoosker that really interests you is a worthwhile investment if everything works out. And if it doesn’t work out, well, that’s money well spent too!
Signing up for Zoosk is free and you can easily pause or cancel your account whenever you like without spending any money. Give it a try here: https://www.zoosk.com/fr/