While it’s generally accepted that you may need to put some in some extra effort while pursuing a romantic partner, actively looking for friends may be viewed as out of the ordinary or desperate.

When both people like what they see, a connection is made. A little bribery can go a long way (for some people). Couples who’ve locked down a serious relationship can join the $10 per month couples section of the site, which offers date night deals by city.

Carrot Dating doesn’t want its users to settle for their second choice. Sometimes called the “anti-Facebook,” this app encourages people to get offline and go out in the real world.

The true intentions (“trints”), which can range from “let’s talk” to “coffee” to “romance” to “hookup,” aren’t revealed unless there is a successful match.

But singles can leave a hint if they’re feeling brave.

This site is for singles who are ready to mingle but not ready to commit. It’s free, which is probably why Ok Cupid remains pretty high on the popularity list of traditional dating websites.

Lengthy profiles and questionnaires make this one of the more thorough options of late, which means more potential for some serious matches – or some serious liars.

Using Facebook, Hinge sends you a selection of friends-of-friends every day at noon.

A simple profile photo followed by age, job and education information are all users have to go off of when they rate the potential connection on a scale of one to five.

Grindr calculates exactly how many feet away your next potential match is. Those interested in putting passion first can find a match based on sexual chemistry, with ihookup.

The ultimate goal – if you’re both interested – is to end up zero feet away. Don’t expect to find a long-term relationship here, though – shocking, I know.

Thirty-year-old writer Rachel Bertsche chronicled her adventures trying to find new female friends in her book released December 2011, “MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend.” After she moved to Chicago, she found that making new female friends wasn’t all that easy -- she had to actively go out and find them. Bertsche said that after publishing “MWF Seeking BFF,” lots of women contacted her to share similar experiences: I heard from so many women on their own BFF searches because friends had moved, or their pals got married and had kids and suddenly had less free time, or because they wanted to settle down and their besties were still looking to party all the time.