Adult Friend Finder was one of the first adult dating sites, and still remains high on the best-of list because of its numerous interactive features and increasingly large member base, although it loses points for a cluttered database of inactive users and high numbers of seemingly fake profiles. Adult Friend Finder was was recently purchased by Penthouse.com however, and it remains to be seen how or if the site will change with its new ownership.
Overview from the Adult Friend Finder Site
"You can make new friends, find the hottest singles, wildest couples and sexiest groups. Whether you're straight or gay, looking for sexy women or men, you'll find everything you want on Adult FriendFinder."
What a Adult Friend Finder Membership Includes
Adult Friend Finder offers a matching system for every fantasy, sexual want and gender you can imagine, including groups, swingers, exhibitionism, cross dressers, BDSM and email or phone fantasies.
Paid members have access to user blogs, instant messaging, forums, live cams, email and magazine articles, whereas trial users can only search the site and participate in some (but not all) of the many chat rooms.
A typical visit to AFF finds most new users overwhelmed by the number of people in their area that are looking for adult fun, but this should be taken with a grain of salt. Unfortunately AFF does a poor job of purging its databases of old members who have long since abandoned their profiles, and I encountered more than a few "professionals" on the site. That doesn't mean that the quality of matches were poor overall (especially in the larger metropolitan areas), but users need to be aware that a larger-than-average number of users aren't looking for casual, no-strings sex on AFF, bur rather, they are looking for new clients.
Filling out Adult FriendFinder's profile can be daunting. Although the initial sign up is relatively quick and easy, further review will show that the list of options that users can choose from to inform other members of their sexual interests and desires are vast and comprehensive. Every legal sexual act imaginable is listed, along with a ranking mechanism for each as to how interested the user is in that particular subject, along with their experience.
The downsides to AdultFriendFinder - and there are a few - are that you can't contact other members or truly search for them unless you pay for a membership, or have a member with a special membership (see costs below) contact you first. As well, I've found a higher-than-average proportion of members that use AFF as a means to gain new "clients" or haven't used the system in years. I assumed I'd get a swarm of messages when I first joined, as I do on most dating sites with larger user numbers, but I didn't hear a peep from anyone for weeks when first checking it out. Then when I did get an email, I wouldn't get a response for another few weeks, if at that. In my experience, the forums and chat rooms definitely were the place to hang out, and there was no lack of folks to talk to or meet up with on any given day of the week.
Unique Features of Adult Friend Finder
Adult Friend Finder's free chat rooms are usually teeming with people looking to meet up for adult dating, as opposed to many pay-per-use sites where the chat rooms are normally empty. And yes, that's right: some of Adult FriendFinder's chat rooms are freely accessible by any member, regardless of their status and payment history.
But where AFF excels is its searching mechanisms. Every combination imaginable is available at Adult Friend Finder: geographic location, gender, sexual orientation, sexual preferences, and what you personally have to offer (i.e. you are a bisexual couple or a heterosexual male).
Adult Friend Finder Membership Costs
Adult Friendfinder offers free registration and membership to all of its users, but limits contact (no sending emails or instant messages) and searches (only a certain number of people returned per search, with no options available to edit search terms). Some lucky members whose demographic information is favorable to Adult Friendfinder may find themselves with free access to the site, but this is becoming more and more rare.
For a smaller monthly fee, Silver ($20 USD) and Gold ($30 USD) members get their profiles moved to the top of the search lists, as well as access to all of Adult Friend Finder's services. Gold members have the additional features of added storage space, as well as keyword-based searches for members across the entire network.
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