Ashley Madison Review: The Perfect Place for Discreet Married Dating
You may have already heard of Ashley Madison – it was the dating site that got into hot water a few years ago because of a huge data breach, which revealed the personal details of their members.
Since then they’ve worked hard to rebuild their image and gain the trust of their members by improving the security and privacy of its site.
Ashley Madison’s motto is “Life is short. Have an affair®”, so they openly encourage extra marital affairs and open mindedness.
Ashley Madison member structure – who’s on this dating site?
|There are over 54 million members worldwide. Around 1.5 million are from the UK alone.|
|Ashley Madison gets new members signing up every day and approximately 220,000 new members each month.|
|Exact numbers are unknown, but Ashley Madison has worked hard to attract genuine women (instead of bots) to the dating site to make the gender split more even.|
Ashley Madison is most popular with people from the US, Brazil and Spain. There’s a wide mix of members, but all are seeking some kind of affair. Most members are middle aged.
How does AshleyMadison.com work?
According to Ashley Madison, the dating site is about so much more than just infidelity. Instead, couples can explore polyamory together.
The website is all about offering a discreet place for members to explore other avenues to their marriage, and allows you to find like-minded people in a secure environment where your spouse can’t find out.
Most people on the site are married or in a relationship, so it’s a place that connects these people together.
Sign up process – how to join AshleyMadison.com
During sign up, you’re not really asked for any personal details in order to keep your identity safe.
You’re instead asked to specify your marital status, details about your appearance, and your limits when it comes to what you’re willing to do.
It only takes around five minutes to complete, and in this time you can add a profile picture – which you can blur out if you prefer to stay anonymous. You can go back in to your profile at any time to make edits.
Ease of use
Ashley Madison’s user experience is really strong and well considered. Everything is clear, well thought out and easy to use.
All the main pages are grouped in one place along the navigation bar, but the one downside is that you have to scroll down the page to find it, which might not be that obvious at first.
Making contact, chat, messaging & notifications
If you’re a woman, you can message other members for free. For men, you’ll need to buy credits to be able to send messages.
There’s a chat feature and also a chat room, where you can meet and get to know other people.
You can also add favourite profiles to your list. And you can send winks if you prefer to break the ice before you send someone a bespoke message. Virtual gifts are an option too, but you need to pay for credits to send these.
Profile quality is a bit of a mixed bag. You’ll find that some profiles don’t fill out any information, but others are very detailed. Because many people are looking for an affair, they tend not to give too much away.
Many people also blur out their photos – choosing to keep themselves anonymous until they gain other members’ trust.
Ashley Madison mobile app for iPhone & Android
The Ashley Madison app is available to download on both Android and iOS, and offers all the same features as the desktop version.
It’s not really that much different to the online site, but the navigation works very well and it’s great for dating on the move.
Real life reviews for AshleyMadison.com
My head is still spinning. This man knew what to say in his profile and his first text to me. After that it was lust at first bite.
We are both are enjoying a no holds bar intimate relationship that is impossible with our respective spouses. It is so mind blowing that I have found a man so loving, vulnerable yet a risk taker that loves me as I love him.
My advice is be your real self and if you get a response, don’t wait too long to meet.
Side note, I am 63 and my lover is 70 – age makes no difference, but do tell the truth. I did have some men who I thought looked older, lie on their profile about their age. I never replied to them once they admitted the truth. So, tell the truth. Also, if your picture is good, women will probably respond, if it is not, they probably won’t. Take the time to standout with a nice picture and explain exactly what you are looking for.
From uk.trustpilot.com, 2019
Key features for AshleyMadison.com
–Travelling Man. If you travel a lot then you can send messages to up to 30 females who live in the area you’re visiting, ready for your arrival.
-Priority Man. This is a paid feature that makes your profile stand out to other members.
–Message Plus. Message anyone you’ve had contact with as a free trial for 30 days.
Is Ashley Madison safe?
Since the data breach, Ashley Madison has taken steps to improve safety across the site with a number of different features.
Not only are you never asked to share your personal details, but you can browse anonymously and billing is also kept discreet.
You can keep your photos discreet too, by blurring them out or adding face masks so you can’t be seen. You can give complete access to your photos once you find someone you trust.
As standard, Ashley Madison has a page dedicated to online safety tips that you can read through at your own leisure.
How much does AshleyMadison.com cost? What are the prices for membership?
Ashley Madison works on a credit system in order for you to be able to send virtual gifts, open, read and send messages, boost your profile and initiate chats. Women get this for free (unless you’re seeking other women) but men must pay.
- 100 credits: 0.47p per credit (£46.90)
- 500 credits: 0.26p per credit (£130.80)
- 1,000 credits: 0.21p per credit (£214.80)
Discounts, coupons, offers & promo codes
We didn’t find any discounts when trying to purchase credits on Ashley Madison, but it does work out cheaper the more credits you buy in bulk.
With Message Plus, you get a free 30 day trial after purchasing credits and allows you to read and reply to messages without using any of them.
- They’ve really improved safety and security across the site.
- It’s great for browsing anonymously and keeping your details hidden.
- The site feels very premium.
- You don’t need to subscribe but can purchase credits at any time.
- There’s nothing new to explore with the app.
- There are still some questions around whether some of the female profiles are bots to boost numbers.
- Men have to pay for credits while women don’t.
Is AshleyMadison.com a good dating site?
If you’re looking to have an affair or explore outside of your marriage then Ashley Madison is probably the best place to do it.
The website is incredibly premium, with loads of fun features and plenty of members to choose from.
The data breach could be enough to put anyone off and we totally understand why if this is the case, but since 2015 Ashley Madison has worked really hard to improve safety and security across the site and they’ve managed to pull it off really well.
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