Zoosk Review – Forbes Health
“Zoosk is similar to most other dating apps,” says Leanne Leonard, a Texas-based licensed marriage and family therapist at Mindpath Health. Leonard is a fan of several of Zoosk’s features, such as the ability to temporarily hide your profile, and block or report members who send you inappropriate content. “This is a definite advantage in the dating app world,” she says.
That said, Leonard recommends being aware of scammers on this platform. “People can create fake profiles or have different agendas that may not align with your goals,” she says. “It’s important to be careful about the information you provide and how quickly you shift from communicating through Zoosk to personal cell phones or meeting in person,” she added.
It’s also a good idea to avoid making decisions based solely on a photo, advises Dr. Caleb Jacobson, a clinical psychologist, sex therapist, and host of the Sex Therapy podcast. “We’ve all met people who look good in pictures but aren’t so great in person, so don’t let the picture be the selling point,” says Dr. Jacobson.
Instead, Dr. Jacobson recommends finding out everything you can about their likes and dislikes. “Don’t just use the chat to flirt, use that time to see if you actually have similar interests to the other person,” he says.
In addition, Leonard recommends writing out a concise list of what you look for and don’t look for in a partner. “The most important part, in my opinion, is the profile summary,” she says. “This is where you can specify your goals and what you’re looking for. Adding a quick note about who ‘shouldn’t apply’ is helpful in trying to weed out unnecessary connections.”
Leonard also recommends being open and maintaining realistic expectations. “For example, if your ideal partner is a never-married business person with no children, but someone with an ex-wife and children piques your interest, take a risk and get to know the person,” she says.
“Another tip would be to get to know more people at the same time,” says Leonard. “It’s a bit like shopping, when someone pulls your focus in their direction, you’ll know when it’s time to disengage from others on the dating app and shift your focus to that one person.”
Leonard met her current partner on Zoosk, and according to her, they have lived happily together for three years. “Online dating through Zoosk was one of the most enjoyable experiences for me, especially after coming out of a divorce,” she says.