2016 AdultFriendFinder Review
It seems not a week goes by that we don’t witness the launch of yet another adult dating site. Sex personals are very popular, but unfortunately, the niche has been invaded with services which offer little more than an endless stream of chat bots invitations to view what are mostly fake profiles.
When we first tried out AdultFriendFinder a few years ago, we were pleasantly surprised to find a service based on real interactions between real people. No fake profiles or chatbots to be found. The site also featured a massive video chat room and a vast library of user submitted homemade sex videos. The site was a virtual meeting place for people who love anything and everything about sex.
Fast forward to 2016. AdultFriendFinder now has many more competitors but is still the king of the hill when it comes to membership statistics. But has it evolved enough to compete with newer services? Today’s review will answer that question.
Site layout and navigation
AdultFriendFinder’s layout is both intuitive and user-friendly. At the top of the dashboard you’ll find a menu bar that allows you to easily reach the main functions of the site which fall within one of four major categories:
My Stuff is where you’ll find profiles that you’ve added to your favorites lists, as well as easy access to your profile and account information.
Search is where you can query the user database to find members that meet your criteria, whether they are online or not.
Live Action is all about interacting with people who are currently online via chat rooms, live member webcams or instant messaging.
Community is where you’ll find blogs, magazines, groups, and contests.
The who’s online section gives you an overview of new members that the system thinks you might be interested in based on past actions and information in your profile. You can use the tabs to view new members and those who are located in your geographic region.
Just bellow this section you’ll find two very useful navigation bars – the first offers one-click access to real-time activities such as member webcams, instant messaging and chat rooms. The second gives you quick access to member videos and photos.
The left sidebar is very important. This panel gives you an overview of your messaging and interactions with fellow members. It also gives you quick access to your favorite videos and photos.
While we’re pleased with the interface, we do have one complaint. When you log intro AdultFriendFinder for the first time, a large paid membership screen overtakes the interface. You don’t have to buy anything at this point, and you can close this window. I would have preferred it if the site gave new users a chance to get a feel for the service and its functions before presenting that screen. It seemed rather forward and I’m pretty sure some users might have wrongly thought they couldn’t proceed any further without paying.
AdultFriendFinder membership and authenticity
Regardless of what features are on offer on adult dating sites, they don’t matter unless you’re interacting with real people. The use of chatbots and fake profiles have gravely eroded the confidence people have in online sex personals.
For our 2016 review, we created a new member account on AdultFriendFinder to gauge the membership numbers and detect the presence of either fake profiles and chatbots. We’re happy to report that our experience was mostly positive.
AdultFriendFinder is still a very popular social network for people who love sex. At any given time, it’s not unusual to find between 70,000 to 100,000 people online and interacting within its various chat rooms and communities. The site has been online since 1996 and features over 40 million active members. Members include individuals who are single, swingers, straight, gay and transgender. The site is a sex positive community where everyone is welcomed, regardless of what kinks or fetishes they’re into. Every time we logged onto the site we found it to be alive with genuine members interacting with each other in both video and text chat rooms.
Best of all, we didn’t receive any fake emails or get solicited by fake bot chats. We received two “Icebreaker” emails from members welcoming us to the service – but they were both from real users, not bots.
Let’s face it. When it comes to sheer numbers, AdultFriendFinder is the best adult sex personals on the web. Period. Unlike many other sites, they never resort to deceptive tricks and gimmicks to lure members into interactions. No fake profiles. No chatbots. Just real people seeking out real sex partners for both online and offline play.
Adult Sex Dating and Personals
User profiles are at the heart of what makes AdultFriendFinder tick. The more detailed your profile is, the more people you’ll hook up with. It’s that simple. But here’s the rub. User profiles on AdultFriendFinder are very detailed and profound. They involve answering hundreds of questions that delve into your personality, physical traits, sexual preferences, as well as what kind of movies and music you enjoy. You can even complete a 100 question purity test.
It will probably take you between 30-60 minutes to complete a detailed profile, but rest assured the process isn’t tedious. It’s mostly questions that require you to rate things on a scale using radio buttons, or multiple answer questions. Pretty straight forward stuff. The purity test is especially fun, and you can choose to display the results of this analysis on your profile if you wish to do so.
Profiles can also include photos and videos. It’s entirely up to you to decide how much (or how little) you want to reveal in your profile, but keep in mind that you don’t have to show your face in either photos or videos. Also, be mindful of mirrors or other objects in your camera’s field of view. You don’t want a picture of your parents hanging on the wall in the background of your profile pic. That would be awkward.
When it comes to preferences, AdultFriendFinder shines. The site offers very granular control regarding what you see and how the system communicates with you via email notifications. We were able to configure our account only to contact us when we received an inquiry from a truly qualified potential sex partner. This control also extends to what communication you receive when online via their instant messaging service.
Concerning demographics, I would roughly break down the site as 50% males, 30% swingers, and 20% females. These are numbers that I compiled from my general observations from my immediate search area – they will fluctuate somewhat depending on your jurisdiction. The good news here is that the users are real, so you’re fishing in a well-stocked pond of fellow sex enthusiasts. Are many of them swingers? Absolutely. If you’re into group sex, you’ll feel right at home here. And if you’re looking to get into the swinging scene, this is a great place to meet a female who may share your passion. So let’s be clear, AdultFriendFinder isn’t about romantic encounters, and it’s not pretending to be. This site is about making new sex contacts, whether they happen online or offline. And in this respect, the site delivers on its promises.
Search functions are where AdultFriendFinder excels. You can get very granular with your queries. Looking for a bisexual, single female who is curious about swinging and lives within a one-hour drive of your location? No worries, the system will hook you up. The search engine will find your perfect match based on gender, marital status, sexual preferences and body type. Combine this with location and personality traits and you’ve got a powerful tool that will scour through 40 million-plus profiles to find a sex partner that meets your exact criteria.
One quick note about your search results. As we’ve mentioned before, AdultFriendFinder does not use fake profiles or chatbots to lure new members. This means that the profiles you see in your search results are real. Potential contacts come in all shapes and sizes. Like going to a swingers club, don’t expect everyone to have perfect bodies and personalities. It’s a real melting pot out there, but then again, that’s part of what makes this adult social network so much fun!
One new feature I should mention are AdultFriendFinder points. These points are earned by completing your profile and interacting with other members. The more active you are on the system, the more points you earn, the more bonuses you can unlock. We love this concept. It not only encourages users to interact with each other, but it also rewards you for doing so. Nice touch!
Live Interaction Features
At any given time, you’ll find about 70,000 members online and interacting with each other on AdultFriendFinder. Many of these members are checking their messages, replying to people who have written to them, or searching for new contacts.
But many others are hanging out in one of the many chatrooms that you’ll find on AdultFriendFinder. The chatrooms come in three varieties: text, video and instant messaging.
The video chat rooms are very popular. We’ve found that whenever we logged in, roughly 1500 adults were getting naked and showing off in front of their home webcams. The system even allows you to tip performers with any points you have earned.
A few notes about the video chat rooms. When we first reviewed AdultFriendFinder, the video chat rooms were 100% free. That is no longer the case. You’ll now need a gold level membership to view live member webcams. In fact, there is little you can do on the system now without a membership. While a free membership will give you a general feel for what’s on offer, you really can’t get to the good stuff without a membership. The good news is, memberships are quite affordable, starting at less than $10 per month for gold memberships.
As far as the webcam feeds go, expect to see naked people of all shapes and sizes. Unlike sites like Chaturbate and MyFreeCams, these are not pro-am sex models so don’t expect people with perfect bodies. We should also note that the video quality of member webcams is all over the map. Some people have pretty good webcams and fast internet connection speeds, while others have poor quality webcams and very slow internet speeds. Your mileage will vary here.
The text chat rooms cater to just about any fetish you can think of. But a word of caution. Some chat rooms tend to be very “cliquish” and newbies can be seen coming a mile away. Our recommendation – take some time to observe the conversations in a chat room before jumping in with your thoughts and opinions. And when you do feel comfortable, make sure to introduce yourself to the group. This will go a long way towards getting you integrated into the forum. Just make sure that you’ve got a genuine interest in the topic at hand.
For more general hookups, look for chat rooms that cater to your geographical location. This is a great way to interact with people nearby who aren’t into any specific kink or fetish.
Another fun tool is the AdultFriendFinder instant messenger. The messenger client opens in its own window and allows you to quickly sort online guest by age and distance. We love using this tool with the distance filter to anonymously chat with people in our own city. It was a quick and easy way to immediately interact with local singles and couples who love sex.
At some point in your exploration of AdultFriendFinder you’ll find an option called Live Model Chat. Be aware that these are not member webcams; this is a completely separate section of the service that features professional webcam models who perform for tokens and tips. Nothing wrong with that per se, but be aware that they are not the same thing as Live Member Webcams, which feature members who have elected to turn on their home webcams to explore their exhibitionist side.
AdultFriendFinder Community Features
AdultFriendFinder has many fun community features that help define the platform as a real adult social network in every sense of the term.
First up are Blogs. All members can create personal blogs which in many cases are diaries of their sexual adventures. It’s a fun way to keep tabs on your favorite contacts and catch up on what they’ve been up to since your last chat.
Next up are Groups – one of my favorite sections on AdultFriendFinder. The system features thousands of groups that cover just about every sexual fetish. You can search the group listing by keyword, topic, and location. I searched for my city and found lots of active groups, many of which introduced me to local sex parties that catered to just about any fetish. If you’re looking to get hooked up with the underground sex scene in your city, this is where you should start your search. I found a great local swingers club that I had never heard of and am looking forward to attending and meeting some of the couples I’ve chatted with online.
Next up are AdultFriendFinder Magazines. This section of the service features articles written by members for members on a number of different topics. Dating and sex advice articles mostly, but also sections on health, fitness and even adult humor. A little something for everyone here, so feel free to explore and maybe contribute some of your own know how.
And last but not least, the site features a Contest section. New themes every few weeks, with lots of great prizes. Most contests require photo or video submissions, and it’s lots of fun to view the various entries and vote on your favorite performers.
User Submitted Sex Videos
This is a feature of AdultFriendFinder that never gets the respect it deserves. The site features a giant library of user submitted sex videos. Over 10 years worth of submissions. That’s over 895,000 thousand videos with hundreds of new clips being added every day. These are genuine amateur videos and the fun part is that you can contact the performers via their profile. The only complaint I have is that the video section needs better search tools. A keyword search box would be especially helpful. Nonetheless, this section of the site alone provides an unlimited amount of some of the best amateur porn on the internet.
We can confidently recommend AdultFriendFinder to anyone seeking to meet new sex partners for either online or offline play (just remember to always play safe and practice safe sex!).
Unlike the vast majority of adult dating sites, this is one of the few services that doesn’t use fake profiles and chat bots to attract new members. The site is all about strength in numbers, and their numbers are very impressive. They are the #1 sex dating site worldwide and that’s no accident. They offer a solid product with an easy to use interface and a rich set of tools that encourages interaction with fellow sex enthusiasts.
The site also features active forums that help connect users with local sex events taking place in their own communities. We have never come across a service that offers a comparable set of features. AdultFriendFinder is, without a doubt, the best adult sex personals for open-minded singles and couples. It is the go-to site for anyone who loves recreational sex.
Disclosure: I have been an affiliate of AdultFriendFinder for many years. Some of the links and pictures included in this article contain my affiliate link for which I may earn a commission. I was not paid to review AdultFriendFinder by any third party.