Dating has gone digital.
With online-dating websites, you might be able to find
that unique person who gets what you’re all about, quirks and all. And
Internet dating is for singles of all ages. Following is a selection of
popular contemporary online-dating sites.
Launched in 1995, this is one of the most recognized
dating services worldwide. Match.com features an
easy-to-use website, which allows you to simply type what you’re looking for
and get an instant list of matches by profile details or just photos.
Match.com also gives you side-by-side comparisons of your own requirements
and the requirements of potential dates. This allows you to consider (or
quickly discard) profiles.
MatchMaker features a user-friendly site and offers one
of the most in-depth profiles on the web.
This popular dating site has thousands of new profiles
added every week, so residents of all but the smallest towns should have no
problem finding local people to check out. Free members can let others know
they are interested, but they must upgrade to a paid membership in order to
communicate beyond that. MatchMaker also supports
voice greetings, automatic little messages you can use to spice up your
eHarmony is different from other online dating sites.
For starters, you can’t browse other peoples’ profiles. Instead, after
filling out a lengthy questionnaire (more than 250 questions, though they’re
almost entirely multiple choice and quick), eHarmony analyzes your answers,
looks at certain preferences you set (such as how far away your matches can
be, whether you care if they have children, etc.), and gives you a list of
people you should be compatible with.
Is there only one match out there for each of us? Dr.
Helen Fisher, Chemistry.com’s chief scientific advisor, doesn’t think so.
Dr. Fisher believes there are multiple people in the world who are
compatible for each of us, but she thinks there is more to finding a person
like that than searching for someone who has a big list of things in common
with you. You’ve got to have chemistry — hence the name.
The sign-up process is involved, but you’ll probably find it fun and
enlightening if your goal is to be matched with people on more than just the
simplest of criteria. To enhance your privacy,
only your fellow paying Chemistry members are able to initiate contact with
you. Plus, your photo is revealed only when you’re comfortable doing so.