Okay, for all of you Brits out there and other guys from parts of the Commonwealth, you will get the full impact of the branding choice behind the hookup site known as ShagBook. For the Americans in the audience, well, imagine if you came across a site called “GetLaidBook” or ” F*ckBook.” Okay, I think that with that we are all now on the same page — nudge-nudge, wink-wink.
ShagBook.com promotes itself as the place to go for adult dating. In its own words, “Hook up with hot singles worldwide looking for hot Adult Dating on Shagbook!”
Could it be that easy? Has our quest to find the best hookup site in the history of humanity finally come to an end? Can we now shutter this site and all retire to a life of endless drinking and nightly debauchery?
Well, it would be in poor style to answer all of these questions without first giving you access to our review of ShagBook. By reading it you will be able to form your own opinion. ShagBook, powerful or pathetic — you decide.
Shagbook Review Results
Final Word on Shagbook
In our opinion, ShagBook is definitely not the champion of hookup sites. Depending on where you live and how often you frequent the site, it does offer you some possibility for meeting a real woman for a hookup, but it can also fall flat. The fact that there are so few barriers against fake profiles also deters from the user experience.
Overall, we would rate ShagBook as barely passing. Consider it between a POOR and a FAIR rating.
— Pros and Cons —
- Been in operation since 2006
- Offers regional variants for many English-speaking countries
- Fast and simple registration process
- Lack of native mobile apps
- Mobile browser version can be slow and laggy
- Requires a paid membership for full functionality
- Presence of some fake profiles
— A Little Background —
ShagBook has been around since 2006. As its name implies, it started as a hookup site in the U.K. Later on, the developers of ShagBook began to launch regional versions of the site. Currently, there are unique versions for the U.K., South Africa, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zeland, and the U.S. There are also specialized niche variants of Shagbook for those who seek MILFs, BBWs, Grannies, as well as ShagBook sites for the gay community and people of color.
— First Impression —
When you first visit ShagBook, you will be greeted by a homepage which has an image of an absolutely stunning woman above the fold. Honestly, it may take you a few seconds to realize that there are bits of genuine information and actionable buttons on the homepage as well. (Yes, she’s that stunning. At least our editor thought so).
The most visible actionable button is where you must select what region you are visiting from. This will quickly reload the page and the purple-colored regional selection button will change into a button that is labeled “See Your Matches.” When you click on it, it will take you to the registration page for the country that you are located.
Mind you, as you do this, do not be surprised if when you close your eyes the image of the woman on the homepage continues to appear and linger in your mind. (Again, our editor. Forgive him, he’s a lonely and desperate man).
— Registration Process —
Registering for an account on ShagBook is fast. You need to be a registered user in order to gain access to the platform. Minimal information is required. When reading the site’s FAQ section you will even find a portion which tells you that you can “put whatever you want in your profile.” This same level of ambiguity is tolerated in the images that you can upload to your ShagBook profile.
Essentially, all you need to register for a ShagBook account is a couple of free minutes, your desired username, your choice of password, and a valid email.
The email is just so you can click on a validation link which will be sent to you.
What about verification that you are a real person? Bah, who needs that, right?
— Look at ALL Those Women —
When you log in for the first time as a registered user on ShagBook you will be initially impressed by the number of female profiles on the site. However, be forewarned, that initial excitement might turn into confusion or despair. ShagBook may have a lot of female profiles purportedly belonging to real women, but are they really?
Okay, at this moment, if you are new to hooking up online or if you are just an innocent soul just wanting to get laid, this is where we must dash a portion of your dreams. You see, all of those hot and gorgeous women that you will see on ShagBook are not all real. Yes, that’s right, some are fake profiles.
This does not mean that all are fake — only some. If you read ShagBook’s terms of service you will find a section that reads, “This site is an entertainment service… by using this service you accept that any member profiles, messages, and communication may not be genuine”.
Based on the experience of our testers, “may not be genuine”, is a very accurate way to describe at least one half of the profiles and message requests that men receive from this site. Most of these fake profiles likely originate from trolls and catfish who get their jollies off pretending to be hot women looking for sex. Others belong to sketchy individuals who may be trying to lure you into some sort of online honeypot. That’s when you will get tricked into sending them money or into joining another hookup site.
With that said, however, we must also state that all of our male testers did find and engage in some online chatting with women who they were confident were real single women looking to meet someone. The fake profiles on the site are easy to spot because they are all written to sound too good to be true. They will usually have a profile picture of an absolute hotty. If you have identified yourself as 40-ish male living in a middle-class town who is seeking some casual fun and you start receiving messages from a 22-year bombshell, chances are something may not be on the up and up. When it comes to ShagBook, just make sure to always be on your toes.
— Mobile Access —
Mobile access is important for hookup sites. Unfortunately, ShagBook lacks any native mobile apps. The only way to access it via smartphone or tablet is by using the mobile version of the site in your device’s browser.
Our testers indicated that this is hit or miss in terms of the user experience. On some devices, the mobile version created performance issues causing it to be slow and laggy. The desktop version was consistently fast and smooth.
— Cost —
Joining ShagBook is free, getting any useful functionality out of it is not. Unless you have a paid subscription the only way you can communicate with the potential hotties on its lists is via winks/icebreakers. These are just digital greetings that do not allow you to convey any substantive communication. In order to send a real message or to reply to one, you must pay. A one-month membership costs $12.00. This can be lowered to $9.34 per month by paying for three months in advance, $8.34 by paying six months in advance or $7.92 a month if you choose to pay for a full year in advance. If you do decide to upgrade, we strongly urge you to test the service for a short period of time before committing to a long-term membership.