Ashley Madison: one of the most popular fuck sites the internet has ever seen.
Millions of people all over the US use Ashley Madison to connect with other disappointed spouses. It's a way for the sexually frustrated men and women of America to relieve their stress and well, have an affair.
I was never one for sites like these, but after trying it out for a couples weeks - I've been converted.
So let's jump in and find out why Ashley Madison is making big waves in an ocean polluted with shitty dating apps.
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Even people who don't use affair apps know what Ashley Madison does. In 2015, a major leak of personal information was extracted from the site. You can imagine what happened to those poor suckers.
But now, the site has increased security measures that make hacking into it virtually impossible. With that added protection, the site has become much more popular than it ever could have been before.
The first thing you notice when you log onto the site is its massive user base. Just like AdultFriendFinder, Ashley Madison likes to boast about their highly concentrated users.
And who can blame them? When you have more members than any other risque meet-up site, that really says something about your product.
Most of the members are in the United States, but many of them lie in Canada and Brazil as well - so don't get too down in the dumps about being in South America. At least you can cheat a little before dying of malaria.
Anyway, Ashley Madison's impressive homepage is something to marvel. It's a homepage most other sites could only dream of - but is it really as good as it looks?
We are about to find out exactly that. Let's take a closer look at some of its features.
Since discretion is everything on Ashley Madison, they give you the option to blur every one of your photos, only unblurring them once you give someone the key to do so.
This seems like a no-brainer on a site that's dedicated to cheating, but I have to note how well it works. If your identity is compromised, it could be earth-shattering. So knowing your identity is safe on Ashley Madison can be a big relief.
With this specialized feature, frequent travelers can arrange for their profile to send 30 messages to 30 girls in an area they'll be arriving near shortly.
That means you can directly message 30 potential fucks before your plane even lands - not bad, Ashley Madison.
So you found a hottie, and you can't stop coming back for more? Well, now you can add them to your favorites list. That means you can instantly go to their profile from your sidebar whenever the mood strikes you.
Your favorites list can be just about as long as you need it to be, so don't worry about finding TOO many fuckable women (if that's even possible).
Sending a "wink" to someone on Ashley Madison is kind of like poking your friend on Facebook. The only difference is, you might end up actually poking these girls with something else.
Be careful though, because these "winks" are going to cost you credits - and those credits aren't cheap.
Messenger tools are usually pretty bland, so it's surprising to see a site actually put effort into a feature that everyone uses so much.
You can use the messenger as much as you'd like during the first 30 days of your trial, but it'll cost you a pretty penny after that.
Ashley Madison knows that you (probably) have a joint bank account with your wife, which is why they made using PayPal as simple as possible.
Other than PayPal, you can use credit or debit to pay for your guilty pleasures. Now, let's see how much this membership costs then.
With the basic package, you receive 100 credits for the low price of $59.00 - which might seem a little steep considering how few credits you actually get, but the pricing tends to get better, the more you buy.
Honestly, I wouldn't even consider buying the basic package - only because you can get so much more with some of the larger ones I'm going to cover here.
The classic package is a little more reasonable. All you have to pay is $169.00 to get 500 credits.
When you do the math, that's only $0.39 per credit - which isn't bad at all when you consider how far 10 will get you. This option isn't a bad call, but I think the next one is really something special.
Ah, yes - the Elite package. Nothing makes you feel like a big spender than something titled "elite," does it?
This package will get you (you guessed it) 1000 credits that you can use to access messaging, winks, and much more.
Not only do you get more credits than you'll ever need, but you also get 30 days of the "priority man" feature that allows you to boost your profile like never before. Not a bad deal if you ask me.
The features Ashley Madison provides are out of this world. While none of them are unique to Ashley Madison, alone, they all work together wonderfully.
I found myself using most of these features quite a bit, which is a breath of fresh air after dealing with so many dating/casual sites that only give you the basics.
The features that help you protect your identity are my favorites - and I'm sure they're yours too. Because without the ability to hide who you are, the site would be pointless.
I also really love the page's layout for browsing profiles. The people on Ashley Madison know how important selection is when it comes to having an affair, which is why they made their methods for finding them so useful.
Not only are this site's features useful, but they're easy to use too. At no point did I experience confusion when using my features. And now that I think about it, I don't think I encountered any bugs either.
The sign-up process is super easy, and the messaging feature works like a dream.
I'd also like to mention how amazing their free 30-day trial is for the messenger since sending messages is such an important part of hooking up.
Ashley Madison is great and all, but their membership "credit" system is pretty annoying. I just hate feeling like I'm running low on credits all of the time.
The credits are required if you want to use any of the features that actually let you interact with people. The "winks" and messages require credits every single time you want to use them.
Many times when I loaded up a message I'd sent to a woman, I would get an "unread" notification that never went away. So I feel like there should be some way to tell how long these accounts have been offline before you spend your hard-earned cash trying to message them.
The only other problem I have with the site is its cost.
The credits (the thing you need to do anything on the site) cost a ridiculous amount of money. I could understand if the starting credit price was $40, but $59 seems like a lot.
Sure, you're using the best affair website available, but is it really worth the $169 charge on your credit card for only 500 measly credits?
I don't know.
After using the site for a while now, I can comfortably say that it's (kind of) worth the money.
Assuming that you're an upstanding businessman with money to spend - then this site is for you.
If you're just a guy who's tired of fucking his wife but doesn't have a lot of disposable income - then maybe not.
I love the features you get when you sign up, but I don't love constantly spending money to access them.
Overall, I'd give Ashley Madison 4/5 stars.
It's a quality website with a lot to offer, but it lies behind a fairly large paywall.
At the end of the day, though, it's a great site that'll help you find a quick fuck in no time at all.