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March 28, 2020

3 Keys To Understanding How Guys Deal With Breakups

Like most other women, I still remember my first serious breakup like it just happened yesterday. After dating for nearly a year, my boyfriend at the time broke things off with almost no explanation.

While it took me months to recover, he seemed to bounce back and find someone new reasonably quickly.

At the time, I didn’t understand how this could be possible. Why wasn’t he hurting like I was? How could he just end our relationship so abruptly and instantly move on?

Then, nearly six months later, he called me out of the blue and asked if we could get dinner. Reluctantly, I accepted.

Looking back, though, I’m so glad I answered his call and accepted that invitation to dinner because it was in that event that I learned that men deal with breakups very differently than women do.

In the years since then, I’ve learned a lot about how men process hurtful experiences and handle their emotions.

This insight has proved invaluable not only in subsequent romantic relationships but even in helping out friends in the aftermath of their relationship woes.

By understanding the stages a guy goes through after a breakup and knowing why they seem cold then later contact their exes, you too can learn how to handle nearly any situation you land in during the aftermath of a breakup.

What are the "stages of breakup" for guys?

Most of us are familiar with the typical stages of grief that women experience after a major breakup. However, the stages men experience during a breakup look significantly different.

Stage 1: The Inflated Ego Phase

According to University of Notre Dame professor Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D., a man’s sense of entitlement and fragile ego often gets the better of them after a breakup. 

Because of this, most men adopt a “her loss” stance at the beginning of the breakup and work hard to keep up appearances that “everything is fine.” Eventually, though, the enlarged ego starts to deflate.

Stage 2: Numbing The Pain With Socializing

Men hate feeling vulnerable. In fact, our society teaches men to stuff their feelings deep inside from a very young age. Because of this, men take longer to process their emotions after a breakup and spend lots of time avoiding their feelings.

In other words, there’s a very specific reason why so many men head to the bar with their friends for weeks after a breakup. After all, getting a bit of a buzz can help dull those crippling feelings of pain and loneliness, and talking about sports helps guys avoid more serious topics.

Stage 3: Realization

Researchers at the University of Texas discovered that men can only begin to fully process a difficult breakup once they realize that they are truly alone. It’s in this realization stage that a man accepts his emotional weakness and finally lets the emptiness settle around him.

While many men will still try to maintain a poker face during this phase, they will start to grapple the heartache they’ve avoided for so long. This is the first step towards moving on, and it’s a major one for most men to tackle.

Stage 4: Anger & Sadness

After he finally realizes that the relationship is over, a man can start processing all of the complicated emotions and infinite questions that plague most women from the get-go. 

Some guys will purposely do things during this phase to bring on the tears (like stalking their ex), whereas others will simply wallow in their emotions and lash out at everyone who tries to help. Regardless, this is the messiest stage of the breakup process for a guy.

Stage 5: Testing The Waters

While grieving the end of a relationship, most people will tell the grieving guy or girl, "Don't worry, there are plenty of fish in the sea."

So, after they process their pain, most guys will go fishing. 

While some guys will find a new special someone in this phase, many just land a rebound girl.

Those initial relationships right after the breakup typically fizzle out because he’s not yet ready to really trust someone and open up again.

Stage 6: Redirecting Hope

Once a guy tests the waters a bit, he often finds that he’s not quite ready to dive into a new relationship head first just yet. In fact, he needs time to fully work through his trust issues so that he can move forward and learn to love again.

This phase can take the longest for a man to work through, but it’s the most critical for his future relationship success. If you or someone you know is working through this phase of reestablishing hope, the key is patience.

Stage 7: Acceptance & Moving On

Finally, after spending tons of time ignoring his feelings and even more time getting caught up in them, most guys will eventually reach a point of acceptance and move on from their previous relationship. 

While the amount of time it takes to move through these seven stages varies from man to man, a small-scale research study found that it can take a guy up to two years to fully process his emotions and move on after a breakup. So don’t expect this to be a quick and painless process, guys!

Why do guys go cold?

Woman putting head down after argument in park

Due to their hormone levels and ways their brains process information, men can appear calm, collected, and even unemotional during negative events like a breakup. 

In fact, therapist and life coach Jennifer Musselman says, “If a man does not physically and verbally express the same emotional urgency, a female partner might assume he doesn’t care about the upsetting event.

But in fact, he is more readily assessing the situation at hand before determining his feelings about it and considering his response.”

Also, numerous studies show that men require alone time to process stressful events or complicated emotions.

While women love to talk out their feelings, men need space to even figure out what they’re feeling first — especially during a breakup.

Why do breakups hit guys later?

As I previously mentioned, it takes most men nearly to get over a serious relationship. With that being said, most men don’t feel heartbroken right away once a relationship ends. There are numerous reasons why this happens.

For starters, most women feel the full force of the breakup up front and quickly begin the process of working through their emotions.

Men, on the other hand, avoid their feelings like the plague and spend lots of time distracting themselves and ignoring the emotions of the breakup.

Dr. Ronald Levant refers to this emotional avoidance as normative male alexithymia. Essentially, traditional masculine roles in society cause many guys to feel like their masculinity directly conflicts with the emotions they feel. 

This causes men to shut down and ignore their feelings instead of openly expressing them right away.

Furthermore, scientists have proven that men simply process information differently than women. Where women tend to think in terms of people and emotions, men often take in the big picture and look at things in the form of systems or webs.

Because of this, most men take time to put the pieces of an event together, which means that the full emotions of the event don’t hit them until their brains finish connecting the dots. This process of “putting things together” can take men months to work through.

Finally, men don’t sit around with their guy friends and talk about their feelings or the pain of breakups like women do.

This leaves men to figure out their feelings alone, which can take longer and not provide men as much insight.

Why do guys contact their ex girlfriends?

While many experts recommend that partners follow a “No Contact Rule” after a breakup, men frequently break this rule. But why? Well, that simple question is actually complicated to answer.

“The likeliest possibility is that they are reflecting about the relationship and are missing you. Most of the time this would be for romantic or sexual reasons, but sometimes they might just want to be friends again", says psychologist Samantha Rodman.

Rodman explains that some men reach out because they feel guilty about how things ended or want to smooth things over because you share mutual friends or work together.

However, therapist Anna Poss offers a different perspective: 

“If they felt the split was abrupt, confusing or left them with unresolved feelings, an ex might reach out to gain clarity. Resuming communication could also be a way of testing the waters [to see if you’ve moved on].”

Or, who knows, your ex could be bored and simply want attention from an old flame. He could also be drunk, horny and hoping for a hookup, or secretly feel sentimental but worry how you’d respond to his feelings.

If you feel comfortable communicating, it’s more than OK to respond and see if you can out why he’s reaching out. If you’re still grieving yourself, though, it may be best to simply ignore him or say that you’re not ready to resume communication.

Do guys feel hurt afterwards?

While your ex’s cold, disconnected stance after a breakup may leave you thinking that he doesn’t care or hurt at all, experts all agree that the opposite is true. 

In fact, relationship expert Chris Seiter says that there are five very clear signs that guys show when they’re hurting after a breakup. Seiter explains these signs in-depth and offers advice on how to handle some of these emotional displays in this video.

Final Thoughts

Just like the encounters with my first serious ex in the months after our breakup, I know that many other women find themselves in complicated situations with men even after the romantic relationship with them ends.

However, by understanding how men deal with breakups and why they do some of the things they do after the relationship ends, you can not only feel armed and informed, but you can ultimately decide exactly what you’re ready for.

In the case of the ex-boyfriend I mentioned at the beginning of this article, we still communicate from time to time, but mostly we just follow each other on social media and let our lives unfold independently. Honestly, though? I’m more than OK with that.

Just remember that how you work through the heartache you feel after a breakup is your decision, and your feelings are always valid.

While your ex may seem cold and distant, chances are he’s just trying to process his heartache the only way he knows how.

Decide what you need in the weeks and months after your relationship ends, and stick to those boundaries regardless of how your ex-boyfriend seems to react.

Healing is an independent journey, and in time you’ll both move on from the pain in your own unique ways.

March 28, 2020

7 Ways To Recover From A Bad Breakup: Find Your Happiness Again

I don’t care how long your relationship lasted or what caused its end. The fact of the matter is that breakups are always a stressful, emotional process. They leave us confused, hurt, and lonely.

And while it may seem like your heart will never mend itself, the reality is that eventually, it will.

However, before you can move on and dive into a healthy relationship with someone new, you must take the time to completely grieve the loss of the previous relationship and work towards healing your broken heart.

If this whole breakup thing is new to you, though, you may be asking yourself: How do I even recover from a breakup? Where do I even start?

Luckily many people ask themselves these questions every single day, so numerous relationship experts and psychologists have invested time in energy into finding the answers and helping people like you heal from your breakup.

What should you do after a breakup?

In the days and weeks immediately after a painful breakup, you have every right to feel heartbroken and hopeless.

While you may dream of crawling into bed and never leaving again, experts recommend that you do several particular things in the aftermath of a breakup.

1. Allow yourself time to grieve.

As dating expert and chief officer of the dating app, Lumen Charly Lester points out, "You're losing a big piece of your life when you break up with someone. They are a friend, a lover, a confidante, and maybe a housemate." 

Because of this, Lester and other experts advise that you take time to grieve that loss almost like you would grieve a death."

2. Protect your heart by deleting your ex from your life.

As many of us know all too well, Facebook and Instagram can just add to the pain for a brokenhearted lover.

Because of this, it’s best to at least temporarily remove your ex from all of your social media accounts.

Similarly, you should also probably go ahead and remove your ex’s number from your phone.

Seeing it in your contacts list will only cause you to think about him and potentially reach out. You don’t want to do that when in the early stages of a breakup.

3. Pick old hobbies and activities back up. 

Relationships sometimes cause us to lose touch with ourselves. When they end, though, an excellent way to recover is by picking back up those activities that once defined us.

In fact, therapist and life coach Tess Brigham points out just why this is so significant:

"When we meet someone new and start spending a lot of time with them, some of our favorite activities can easily slip away.

Now that the relationship is over, it's time for you to start practicing daily yoga, bike riding... whatever it was that made you happy [before].” 

4. Explore the world.

One of the most exciting things about a breakup is that you no longer have any strings attached.

You’re free to come and go as you please without considering how it might impact your significant other. So why not take a vacation or plan a girls’ weekend?

I’m not saying pack up your bags and leave the country, but traveling and immersing yourself in activities with your besties can really help ease your heartache.

What's a typical breakup timeline?

When a breakup is still fresh, you may feel like you’ll never recover from the heartache you feel at that moment.

You may firmly believe that you’ll never forgive your ex and never move on.

Believe it or not, though, scientists with the Journal of Positive Psychology found that nearly three-fourths of women can see their relationship in a positive light just 11 weeks after a breakup.

You may be asking yourself how someone can get to that point in a mere matter of weeks after experiencing enormous heartache.


Luckily, Dr. Gina Barreca offers this encouraging timeline for any woman exiting a relationship:



  • Within 8 hours, the initial phase of hysterical crying subsides. 
  • Within 12 hours, some of the overwhelming anger fades.
  • Within 24 hours, the desire to pitifully call beg him to take you back leaves. 
  • Within 36 hours, a need to vent to friends begins.
  • Within 48 hours, a brief period of relief occurs.
  • Within 7 days, you start resuming normal activities of daily living and look less zombie-like.
  • Within 3 months, energy and circulation improve. 
  • Within 9 months, you start feeling hopeful and flirting again.
  • Within 1 year, your heartache is mostly healed.

While some may bounce back faster or slower than this, the general consensus is that most women will resume life as usual within a few months of a breakup and feel fully ready to move on within a year.

Does time heal heartbreak?

As many of us know, all serious losses — including breakups — require a grieving process.

In fact, it’s entirely possible to move on with your life but still experience fleeting moments of sadness or nostalgia years later. In time, though, you will feel lighter.

Relationship expert Marissa Walter explains the way time heals heartbreak in a slightly different way, though. Walter believes that “it’s not really the time that heals us at all. Growth is what heals.”

We can all use heartbreak as a growth opportunity if we allow ourselves to learn from the past, find forgiveness, and make choices based in the present and future instead of living in the past. 

By taking these steps towards growth, while also acknowledging the pain that a breakup causes, we can all eventually heal from heartbreak.

Will the pain of breaking up go away eventually?

When we’re in the thick of it, it feels like the pain of the breakup will never fade. However, life coach Rebecca L. Norrington offers this sage advice: 

“Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to eliminate all heartbreak and disappointment. The secret is…choose to prioritize happiness. People with broken hearts have one thing in common—having expectations of other people. The first step towards healing is to eliminate [that].”

Ultimately, lust can prevent us from ever building a deeper connection with our partner, and when the intense physical attraction wears off, the relationship often fizzles.

According to psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, “Men and women are less aroused after they have repeatedly viewed the same erotic pictures or engaged in similar sexual fantasies.”

Because of this, The Hope Line claims that “lust turns people into liars, deceivers, and manipulators.” While that may sound a bit extreme, the sentiment is valid. 

How can I heal faster after the relationship ends?

While you can’t entirely rush the grieving process after a relationship ends, you can help yourself heal a bit faster if you take good care of yourself. 

In fact, Coach Natalie of Love Advice TV says that the best way to heal after your relationship ends is by focusing on yourself again. Natalie outlines exactly how to do that in this brief seven-minute video:

Additionally, the experts at Lifehack recommend following these 10 steps to help yourself heal your heart faster:

  1. Take care of your body.
  2. Love yourself again.
  3. Surround yourself with people who will let you be yourself.
  4. Forgive yourself and your ex in time.
  5. Listen to your inner voice.
  6. Re-visit old places with new people to create new memories.
  7. Avoid dabbling in gender negativity.
  8. Learn to do things entirely alone.
  9. Learn from your mistakes.
  10. Break the cycle if you recognize one.

What is closure and how do I get it? 

By definition, closure in a relationship means “knowing the reason a romantic relationship was terminated and no longer feeling emotional attachment or pain, thereby allowing for the establishment of new and healthy relationships."

Finding closure is important because, as humans, we process the world around us through connections to the future, present, and past.

When we recognize why the relationship failed and learn how to live without it, we can ultimately move forward and not remain stuck in a loop.

We can achieve closure in a few different ways, depending on the terms of your relationship’s end. If you’re on speaking terms with your ex, you can invite them to meet for coffee or even take a walk.

During this time together, you can share both positive feelings, your view on what went wrong, and ask for input from your ex on how the relationship ended.

This isn’t meant to mend the relationship, but rather to close the door and give you each a building block for moving forward.


If you cannot communicate with your ex for one reason or another, then consider writing everything out in a journal or letter to them instead.

Once you’re done, you can even burn or tear up the letter to provide yourself a tactile symbol of closure.

Regardless of which option you choose, once you process your feelings and accept that you and your ex acted with the best intentions and ultimately see the breakup as a learning experience, you can release any emotional baggage from the relationship and move forward with your life.

Are you ready to move on?

Obviously, you’ve just taken in a lot of information that can help guide you on what to do during this emotional time so that you can heal your broken heart.

However, while this guide may make it sound easy, recovering from a bad breakup is no easy feat.


It requires a lot of emotional stamina and incredible determination to really implement all of the steps and changes recommended here. 


While I fully believe that everyone should heal on their own timeline, I really suggest that you look within yourself before you do any of the work required to heal your broken heart. Ask yourself if you are truly ready to do the work and ready to move on.

If the answer is yes, then it’s time to get to work! Take a warm shower, pick up a new journal, and rediscover an old hobby you lost touch with during the relationship. 

Establish your support system and lock in some healthy coping skills, too, because you’ll need them.

Once you have all of your coping skills in place, start dismantling the pieces of your past so you can put your broken heart back together.

It may seem hard some days during the journey, but I know you can do it.

Be gentle with yourself and don’t rush things: You’ll heal when it’s time, I promise.


3 Keys To Understanding A Man’s Psychology After Breaking Up

When one of my close college friends ended her three-year relationship with her dream guy, I watched her spend months in solitude to recover from the breakup.

We tried to get her to go out and meet guys, but for the longest time, she insisted that she wasn’t ready.

When my two younger brothers started dating, though, I saw a very different scenario unfold. They would move on to someone new within weeks of ending the previous relationship and never seemed to bat an eye.

What I learned from these experiences was that men handle breakups very differently than women.

But why?

Well, it turns out guys are just wired differently and brought up to handle their emotions in a drastically different way than girls.

What do guys do after a breakup?

When it comes to handling a break-up, many people say that “women break up harder, but men break up longer.”

In other words, women typically engage in an emotional grieving process right after the breakup, whereas men initially stuff their feelings down and procrastinate on healing.

According to a study completed by researchers at New York’s Binghamton University, men typically experience anger right after a breakup and engage in more self-destructive behaviors as a result.

Some men turn to drinking and other mood-altering substances to dull their emotions after a breakup, whereas others turn to the gym to “sweat it out.”

What’s more, men often either stalk their ex on social media or completely erase any memory of them. 

Also, many men jump right back into dating after a breakup — but not because they’re looking for something serious.

For the most part, it’s about the rush we all feel when we flirt and hook up with someone new. Because of this, men will often “rebound” with several women.

What’s most interesting, however, is the fact that men typically engage in these behaviors to maintain their self-esteem and avoid any appearance that the breakup damaged them.

Why are guys so prideful? 

Guys hold onto their pride even more than usual after a breakup. They don’t want anyone to see them shed a tear.

While most of us see this confidence and ability to easily move on as upsetting, the truth is that it’s not how it looks.

According to John Amodeo, psychologist and author of Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships, “Pride is often driven by poor self-worth and shame. We feel so badly about ourselves that we compensate by feeling superior.” 

When it comes to breakups, men use their pride as a coping mechanism to avoid heartache. While this merely delays the inevitable, men seem to be hardwired to react in this way. 

After all, society raises men to approach all emotions in a “masculine” way and “man up” when times get tough.

This is why many men mask their feelings after a breakup and avoid processing their grief by diving right back into dating someone new. 

Also, men see failure as a sign of weakness and admitting that the end of a relationship hurts looks like failure.

Instead of sharing their feelings, men take on the “fake it ‘til you make it” mentality and put on a cloak of pride to cover up their pain.

Why do insecure guys move on so quickly?

As we mentioned, many guys try to cover up their insecurity by moving on immediately after a breakup.

Some guys believe the phrase “the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else,” whereas others just think that someone new will make them feel better.

However, an insecure guy who quickly picks up someone new after a breakup never truly moves on.

Guys like this can never maintain successful long-term relationships because they haven’t taken the time to deal with their emotions and process why previous relationships failed.

Furthermore, clinical psychologist Josh Klapow shared in an interview with Psychology Today that this lack of emotional insight hinders a man’s ability to develop relationships in other ways. 

When insecure men move on quickly, it ultimately prevents them from connecting with their partners on a deeper level.

This attitude ultimately makes men view relationships as "accomplishments" instead of meaningful partnerships. 

When that happens, it starts a cycle of hookup after hookup where women become conquests, not people. 

However, when men learn to feel secure with themselves and can fully experience vulnerability, they can break this cycle and learn to cope with the heartache of a breakup more effectively.

Do they miss you after breaking up?

While missing an ex looks different for everyone, the general consensus is that most guys do miss you after the relationship ends. 

For those insecure, prideful guys who jump right back into dating, it may take them longer to admit that they miss you.

However, men who know how to get vulnerable and express their feelings healthily may start missing you and reaching out shortly after the breakup.

According to the relationship coaches at exboyfriendrecovery.com, you can tell that he’s missing you afterwards if he does one of two things:

  1. He asks to remain friends and frequently reacts to your social media posts
  2. He erases every form of your existence from his life.

Regardless of his initial reaction, though, you will eventually hear back from your ex again.

How do you know if your ex is still in love with you?

Once your ex reaches out and expresses that he misses you, you may wonder if he’s still in love or just wants a booty call.

 In this YouTube video, breakup coach and best-selling author Brad Browning shares how you can determine if your ex is still in love with you.

In fact, Browning shares that there are four very distinct signs that he’s still in love with you even after a breakup.

Sign #1: Your ex maintains regular contact with you.

Regardless if you established a No Contact Rule or just ignored his messages and calls, if your ex is still reaching out to you weeks or months after the breakup, then chances are he’s unhappy with life without you and wants you back.

Sign #2: He brings up old memories or inside jokes.

While contacting you at all after the breakup shows that he still cares, the actual content of his messages and calls speaks volumes as well. In fact, the more reminiscent your ex is when he contacts you, the more it suggests that he still loves you.

Sign #3: Your ex remains emotional long after the relationship ends.

If you didn’t do anything that would have caused extreme psychological damage before the breakup, then any anger or sadness that your ex shows you could be a sign that they’re still hung up on the relationship (and still in love with you). 

Sign #4: He’s sending “hot and cold” signals.

It’s very common for a guy to end a relationship then later second guess himself. If that’s the case, he may continue expelling his confusion outwardly through mixed signals towards you.

How long does it take for a guy to regret breaking up?

As you’ve probably gathered thus far, men often do regret breaking up and struggle with their feelings post-breakup.

However, as you’ve also surmised from what guys do right after a breakup, it takes time for most men to reach that point of regret.

In fact, it can take up to six months for some guys to start missing you and regret ending the relationship.

Sometimes he regrets the breakup because he misses the life he had with you. 

Other times he takes some time after the relationship ends to really process his feelings and he comes out the other side a more mature person who is ready for a committed relationship with you.

How can you make him come back?

Although most of us worry that a breakup lasts forever, that isn’t always the case. In fact, a 2013 study found that nearly half of couples who break up end up back together again.

If you want to make your ex come back to you, though, experts agree that you need to do these five very specific things.

1. Give Your Ex Some Space

First and foremost, you should always give your ex-boyfriend some physical and emotional distance after the relationship ends.

This not only gives you both time to cool off, but also plays into the whole “absence makes the heart grow fonder” theory.

2. Avoid Negativity

While giving your ex some space, though, you should also avoid talking about him in a negative light as much as possible — especially on social media. After all, you never know who’s looking.

3. Work On Yourself First

Believe it or not, many experts say that men come back most often once you’ve personally recovered from the breakup.

In an interview with Cosmopolitan, relationship psychologist Dr. Mariana Bockarova suggests that women get into new hobbies or friendships after a breakup.

Filling your life with joy can help you turn things around, and all those cute Instagram selfies may cause your ex to see exactly what he’s missing.

4. Don’t Jump Back In Too Early

Many of us start feeling desperate for love and attention in the months after a relationship ends.

While you might think that jumping into a relationship with someone new will help you feel better or make your ex jealous, it really doesn’t work that way, so take your time and heal first.

5. Reconnect In A Neutral Spot

If you and your ex start communicating again, plan a meetup in person that’s at a neutral location without any romantic vibes.

In fact, consider grabbing an afternoon coffee or casual lunch without any alcohol. This takes the pressure off you both and keeps expectations low.

Final Thoughts

When we go through a breakup, we require time to heal our broken heart.

While men need time to heal as well, they often handle it in a way that baffles us and leaves us wondering how they can simply move on to someone new.

It’s important to remember that the way men handle breakups looks very different from us, but that doesn’t mean they have it any easier.

Guys still feel sad, they still miss the relationship, and sometimes they even want us back.

Don’t get hung up on your ex’s Instagram pictures with someone new, though. Take some time to focus on yourself and let nature run its course.

If things are truly meant to be, it will happen in time. Live in the here and now — you’re much better off that way.

Top 5 Arab Dating Sites Reviewed (Updated for 2020)

Online dating is responsible for much of the romantic bliss of our modern world.

If you've been to enough weddings in the last decade or have an active social circle, you know a least one couple that's met this way.

This can include you, provided you know how to find the right sites.

There are more Arab dating sites out there than you might realize. Through extensive, in-depth research, our team has uncovered the best of the best.

While they all may not be the best choice for you, we're confident at least one will meet your needs.

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5 Arabian Dating Websites

1. Arabian Date

ArabianDate is first-rate if you're seeking Arabian men or women to go out with.

It's simple to join, and this site lets you be specific about what kinds of people you're looking for.

To really get anything out of ArabianDate, you'll need to get a Gold or a more elaborate Platinum subscription. But even just a membership over $3 will be excellent to start with. 

The main reason to go for these accounts is for messaging. The price of each of these memberships goes down per-month the longer you're subscribed. 

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25-45

Number of Members

5 Million

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Time

5 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Relationships

PROS

  • Easy Signup
  • Many Female Members
  • Multiple Messaging Options

CONS

  • Mainly for Men
  • Some Fake Profiles

2. Muslima

Many Arab people follow Islam, so a site like Muslima has a very good reason for existing. 

This dating site helps you to match with people who are like you, especially with regard to faith. Muslima helps keeps you committed to Islam as well as yourself.

A very encouraging aspect of Muslima is how its genders are evenly split. The age groups are also quite close, as there are near-equal amounts of men and women from ages 25 to 34, along with other groups.

You can sign up within a few minutes. With a free account, you can get messages from any user but only read them from paid members. 

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

1 Million

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Time

10 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Long-Term Commitment

PROS

  • Specific Arabic Focus
  • Easy To Join
  • Almost an Equal Gender Balance

CONS

  • So-So App
  • More costly (but worth it!)

3. eHarmony

As with Match.com, eHarmony isn't for Arab dating specifically, but it is open to all kinds of users.

eHarmony also has a very important legacy, as it showed how much the right matching methods mattered with dating sites. 

They're so committed to this concept, they'll only pair you with people they've deemed to be a match.

eHarmony users are 53 percent male and 47 percent female. Users on this site are old enough to be mature but young enough to still have plenty of energy, with many of them being in their 30s and 40s. ​

There are lots of success stories among eHarmony users. Thanks to the site's strict algorithm, you can be part of that group.

If you join this site, you need to make sure you take every part of it seriously.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

20 -  45

Number of Members

50 Million

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Time

25 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Serious Relationships

PROS

  • Large User Base
  • Very Strong Match System
  • In Depth Personality Assessments

CONS

  • Longer Sign Up Process
  • No Chatroom

4. Match

It's true that Match.com isn't strictly an Arab dating site, but it's such an important of online dating that it can't go unmentioned.

If Match had never been created, there would be so many relationships and websites that would never arise. ​

Match.com has millions of users around the world. People on this site are serious about finding someone, as you can tell by how they curate their profiles to show themselves at their best. ​

You can enjoy using Match.com through the desktop site, its mobile site, or its app.

Before you sign up, you need to be ready to meet people who are seriously ready to settle down.

By purchasing a membership, you can ensure that you're totally serious about your Match.com experience.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

28 Million

Sign Up
Time

25 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Serious Relationships

PROS

  • Arab Dating Section
  • Excellent Matching
  • Detailed Profiles

CONS

  • Available Singles Vary By Location

5. Arab Lounge

ArabLounge gives Arab singles like yourself a place to feel welcomed. This site definitely isn't just for people from Arab countries. 

Most of the users are from the United States, which is a clear example of how much the Arab population is growing in different areas.

The gender and age splits of ArabLounge are very close to the ones of Muslima.

To be able to send messages on ArabLounge, you need to upgrade to a Platinum account but you can sign up first for a free trial

If you're an Arab single who's eager to find someone akin to yourself, join ArabLounge.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

2 Million

Sign Up
Time

5 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Relationships

PROS

  • Arab Specific
  • Affordable Premium Memberships
  • Easy Sign Up

CONS

  • Profiles Can Lack Info
  • Less Members

Editors Conclusion


These are the best of the bunch, because they show respect to their users beliefs and are clear about wanting to help them.

We want to help as well, which is why we've decided
ArabianDate and Match.com are the two best sites to join.  

If you want a site that's focused on Arabian dating, you should ​join ArabianDate

However, if you're fine with a more general site, give Match.com a shot. It's worth it to sign up for either of these sites, even if you find out they don't fit your needs. 

There's zero risk, since both have free trials. We hope you find what you are looking for. Best of luck!

Top 6 Couples Dating Sites Reviewed (Updated for 2020)

Setting up an account on a dating site can be like setting forth on a fantastic adventure. You'll get to know all kinds of people and learn a lot about yourself.

Couples dating can sound a little like an oxymoron to most people. However, for people who live that open relationship "lifestyle", it's a perfectly normal part of their lives. 

But where do you find other like-minded couples? Through the power of the internet, it's easier than ever to do so.

Through extensive research, we've uncovered the best couples dating sites. Let's dive right in!

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Benefits

Today's Deal

  • Privacy
  • Free Messaging for Women
  • Quick to Sign up
  • Allows Nudity
  • Large User Base
  • Chatroom Feature
  • Free Messaging for Women
  • Easy Signup
  • Chatroom
  • Swinger Focus
  • Quick Signup Process
  • Affordable
  • Strong Search Options
  • Chatroom
  • Lots of Videos
  • Strong Search Options
  • Chatroom
  • Lots of Videos

6 Couples Dating Websites

1. Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison has been one of the biggest dating sites in the world for a very distinct reason: extramarital dating. 

While many people use this site to sneak around their spouse, there is a section for couples seeking each other out, with full consent between each partner.

When you make your Ashley Madison account you can stipulate that you and your spouse are a couple looking for new ways of doing things.

Ashley Madison isn't just for people looking for open relationship dating sites, but many couples on the site go here to find other couples for spouse swapping and group sex.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

30 Million

Sign Up
Time

20 Minutes

For Couples Seeking

Couples Fun

PROS

  • Privacy
  • Free Messaging for Women
  • Quick Sign Up

CONS

  • Available Singles Vary By Location

2. Adult Friend Finder

A definitive titan in the casual dating site experience, AdultFriendFinder has all kinds of uses. It's great for hookups and exploring kinks. 

Although it isn't designed specifically for couples dating, you can definitely find some couples eager to expand their horizons. (There are 80 million users worldwide!)

Couples you encounter on this site might be ones who have been looking for something to really spice up their marriage.

AdultFriendFinder has made a lot of people happy by showing that their willingness to experiment isn't a liability. 

You can sign up for AdultFriendFinder very easily and start looking for people who "speak your lifestyle language". 

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

80 Million

Sign Up
Time

20 Minutes

For Couples Seeking

Swinging

PROS

  • Allows Nudity
  • Fast Sign Up
  • Chatroom Feature

CONS

  • More Men Than Women
  • Some Fake Profiles

3. BeNaughty

BeNaughty puts you in the right place if you want to be around people who help you feel comfortable with yourself. 

While kinky people can seem confident by default, many of them have had to learn this throw guidance and observation.

When you're a couple looking for special relationships, free of judgment, BeNaughty is an excellent option.

BeNaughty isn't aimed at couples, nor can you make an account as one. However, there are still lots of couples using the site. ​

There's not always a ton of information on BeNaughty profiles. If you really want to get to know someone, you'd be best off using the messaging. 

This doesn't cost anything for women. The chatroom also gives you a lot of communication openings.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

3 Million

Sign Up
Time

15 Minutes

For Couples Seeking

Lifestyle Fun

PROS

  • Free Messaging For Women
  • Casual Relations & Hookups
  • Affordable Membership

CONS

  • Profiles Not Very Detailed
  • More Women Than Men

4. Real Swingers

If you're seeking a site that's specifically for couples, Real Swingers has the answers you need. 

Swinging involves exchanging partners in a myriad of ways. People who practice this love it for how it lets them experiment while still having their trust and love for their partner.

There may be a perception of swinging as mainly being a thing that older men are into. However, Real Swingers defies this stereotype in some ways. 

More than 40 percent of the users are women. It also attracts a pretty young audience. Roughly 31 percent of the users are 25 to 34.

Real Swingers is the real deal for swingers who want to find their community. With this site, you'll know you're among the right people.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

20+

Number of Members

1 Million

Sign Up
Time

15 Minutes

For Couples Seeking

Lifestyle Fun

PROS

  • Free Messaging For Women
  • Casual Relations & Hookups
  • Affordable Membership

CONS

  • Profiles Not Very Detailed
  • More Women Than Men

5. Passion.com

If you're a red-blooded individual and are seeking people who can satisfy you, you should sign up for Passion.com.

This site has bestowed a lot of success upon kinky individuals. This includes couples.

Passion.com isn't couples-specific, but it's definitely attracted a lot of them. Reportedly 15 percent of the site's users are couples.

There's also a huge female presence of the site, as 60 percent of the users are women, and many of them are in their 20s.

Another great thing about Passion.com is how it lets people specify what sort of matches they want to be given, including being paired with couples. 

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

2.5 Million

Sign Up
Time

20 Minutes

For Couples Seeking

Swingers

PROS

  • Search Based on Preferences
  • Quick Sign Up Process
  • Blog Feature

CONS

  • Some Fake Accounts
  • No App

6. No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached is a site for casual dating but for those who are already married. 

It doesn't quite have the notoriety of Ashley Madison, but it can definitely be used for similar purposes. As with that site, it's not designed for couples dating specifically, but many people sign up as couples.


With your No Strings Attached account, you can talk about how you and your spouse are looking to experiment with others. 

This can be fun in ways many users weren't even considering. You might have the account in your name only but open up the conversation to things like group sex when you and another user trust each other.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

4 Million

Sign Up
Time

10 Minutes

For Couples Seeking

Lifestyle Members

PROS

  • Chatroom
  • Strong Search Options
  • Lots of Videos

CONS

  • More Men Than Women
  • Some Fake Profiles

Editors Conclusion


Being a couple that wants to try things with others can be thrilling. However, it can be frustrating to have such a hard time finding people who are interested in what you are.

If you're serious about living the lifestyle then we'd recommend signing up with either
Adult Friend Finder or Ashley Madison

Adult Friend Finder is best if you're looking for things like group sex, and Ashley Madison is best if you want to do things like couple-swapping. 

Make an account for free and test one of these (or both) sites to learn if it fits your needs. 

Top Sugar Baby Dating Site Reviews (Updated for 2020)

The only possible reason for not using online dating by now is being completely unaware of it.

No site finds you your dream man or woman with a single click, but you can definitely get close.

A bonus to doing online dating now is how many sites are targeted at niche demographics.

One of these niches is sugar babies. A sugar baby is someone who seeks partnerships in which a benefactor takes care of them, especially financially.

Through our research, we've found five sites that stand out more than the rest.

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Benefits

Today's Deal

  • Profile Verification
  • Chatroom
  • Sugar Dating
  • For Sugar Daddies & Sugar Babies
  • Large User Base
  • Strong Personality Assessments
  • Free Messaging for Women
  • Strong  Profile Verification
  • Chatroom
  • Browse Profiles Free
  • No Charge for Messaging
  • Many Excellent Features
  • Affordable Membership
  • Free Messaging for Women
  • User Friendly Site

5 Sugar Baby Dating Websites

1. Sugar Daddy Meet

SugarDaddyMeet is built for young women who are wanting an older man to sweep them off their feet and give them the protection and financial support they need. 

SugarDaddyMeet takes exclusivity seriously, as members need to be from one of the 20 highest-earning countries in order to sign up.

There's a very classy feel to SugarDaddyMeet, especially in the site's design.

Users are expected to offer details about themselves and post great photos. Do your part to show sugar daddies that you're a irresistible.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

20+

Number of Members

12 Million

Sign Up
Time

5 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Sugar Daddy & Sugar Baby

PROS

  • Profile Verification
  • Excellent Matching
  • Chatroon

CONS

  • Underwhelming App

2. SugarDaddie.com

There are lots of ways to spell "sugar daddy," and lots of ways to find one.

Sugardaddie.com is another great outlet for women wanting a wealthy guy. As Sugardaddie.com approaches two decades of existence, let's take a look at what makes it a good site.

60 percent of Sugardaddie.com users are women. The ages are spread out compared to SugarDaddyMeet, but it's still primarily women who are 18 to 24.

While it's very easy to sign up, Sugardaddie.com doesn't have a Facebook registration option.

Sugardaddie.com can help bring your considerable fortune as a sugar baby, both financially and romantically.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

20+

Number of Members

9 Million

Sign Up
Time

5 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Sugar Daddy & Sugar Baby

PROS

  • Active User Base
  • User Friendly & Easy Sign Up
  • Strong Verification Process

CONS

  • Limited Features
  • Takes Some Time To Go Through Profiles

3. Rich Meet Beautiful

You might not yet have the bank account figures to be called "rich," but if you consider yourself beautiful, you should join this site.

RichMeetsBeautiful is about pairing the money-rich with the looks-rich. You'll be in a world of people who look good and live well.

Before it was even a year old, RichMeetsBeautiful was climbing the ranks as one of the best sites for sugar babies and daddies.

Unlike other sugar relationship sites, it's got way men than women. 55 percent of members are male, and many of them are in their 40s and above.

RichMeetsBeautiful lets you sign up quickly. You can use your Facebook account to join as well. 

Then, you can begin showing sugar daddies why they should put their money on you.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

3 Million

Sign Up
Time

10 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Sugar Relations

PROS

  • Free Messaging for Women
  • Strong Search Options
  • Chatroom

CONS

  • Doesn't Provide Matches

4. Sugar Daddy For Me

Finding a sugar daddy isn't only about finding someone who's got some funds at hand.

You need someone who you can trust. SugarDaddyForMe can be the site for you.

Founded in 2004, SugarDaddyForMe has been an excellent resource for sugar babies and daddies.

It should be encouraging to hear that there's more equality with gender representation. 60 percent of the users are female, and 40 percent are male. ​

SugarDaddyForMe's reputation as a dating site seems bound to only grow. 

Anyone with any kind of curiosity about this sort of relationship should try joining this site. 

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

25+

Number of Members

4 Million

Sign Up
Time

10 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Sugar Relations

PROS

  • Users Can Look At Profiles With A Free Account
  • Excellent Features
  • No Charge For Messaging

CONS

  • Unattractive Site Design
  • Free Users Can Only Send 3 Messages Per Day

5. Miss Travel

As its name implies, MissTravel is meant for those who want to see the world.

However, that definitely doesn't exclude sugar babies. There are many wealthy jet setters looking for some arm candy during their travels.

MissTravel works by having users list trips, which others can request to join. 

It's pretty much a dead heat between male and female users in terms of gender presence. As you might expect, men tend to be older, while women tend to be younger.

MissTravel shows just how many varieties of sugar baby dating can come in. If you're a woman, you can enjoy free messaging.

Try MissTravel if you're a sugar baby who's ready for adventure.

Gender Ratio Breakdown


Recommended Age

20+

Number of Members

3 Million

Sign Up
Time

5 Minutes

For Singles Seeking

Travel Lovers

PROS

  • User Friendly Site
  • Free Messaging for Women
  • Travel Oriented 

CONS

  • Not Explicitly for Sugar Relations

Editors Conclusion

When you're pursuing something like sugar baby dating, you need to know that you can trust the sites as well as the people.

You have a particular dating interest, but that doesn't mean you'll settle for anything. These sites help fight against that perception.

We think you'd be best off getting a paid account with
SugarDaddyMeet. This site has become hugely popular for very good reasons. 

There are millions of users and many success stories. There is no risk in signing up for Sugar Daddy Meet as there is a free trial. Best of luck! 


Top Transgender Dating Sites Reviewed (Updated for 2020)

People love online dating because it gets rid of a lot of guesswork. There's far less game-playing involved, as you quickly know if someone is single and if their desires are similar to yours.

However, online dating is by no means foolproof. Many people can find it challenging to find sites that work for them.

Transgender individuals can have a tough time with dating sites. They can feel like they're being left out in the cold due to sites not attending to their needs.

But if you know where to look, your dating experience online can be excellent. Let's dive into the top dating sites for transgender people.

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Benefits

Today's Deal

  • Privacy
  • Free Messaging for Trans Women
  • Quick to Sign up
  • Allows Nudity
  • Large User Base
  • Chatroom Feature
  • Free Messaging for Trans Women
  • Easy Signup
  • Chatroom