A personality test used by members of PerfectMatch.com, an online dating and relationship service, derives "perfect matches" based on similar and complimentary factors. In addition to the questions posed above, the initial analysis includes questions on literature, music, sense of humor, approach to money, romantic gestures and pet preferences to seemingly provide for more perfect matching. It is clear from the thorough assessment that the site caters to those seeking serious relationships, so seekers of one-night stands would fare better elsewhere. Each member receives a love and compatibility classification called a Duet Type, comprised of similarity factors (romantic impulsivity, personal energy, outlook and predictability) and complementary factors (flexibility, decision-making style, emotionality and self-nurturing). A member's Duet information is showcased in a five-tab profile which includes open ended questions and photos. PerfectMatch provides matches based on member's Duet information. Users can also use their own judgment to search through over four million active profiles using compatibility factors, keywords or custom (savable) searches. One helpful feature on the site is the bookmarking application which lets members organize people members they have contacted with notes for future reference.
Americans may be cutting corners these days but it seems they’re saving plenty of pocket change for love. In uncertain economic times, reports Market Watch, online dating sites thrive. Granted, the stats come from online-dating site Perfectmatch.com, which reports a 47% spike in members over the last quarter. An exception to rule? British men. 90% of 'em said they would give up on their romantic relationship to save money, according to a Skipton Building Society study reported by Debt Management Today. A YouGov study reported that 47% of 2,400 British adults said they would spend more money if they were in a relationship. Money issues aside, it seemingly pays to be in a relationship. Reuters reports that physical affection may serve as a buffer against work stress. Findings of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine has found that intimacy –be it holding hands or sexual intercourse- decreases levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Never mind stress. A Reverend at a Grapevine-based Fellowship Church is challenging married couples to have sex –which he compares to Super Glue- every day for a week, according The Dallas Morning News.
Have you ever seen one of those plain, black and white signs advertising an online dating site for a very specific area? Love Buzz used to see one that said "Single? SohoDating.com," and we always wondered if anyone used the site—the signage was so budget looking and we'd never heard of Soho Dating other than on those signs. We saw similar signs around other parts of Manhattan and figured someone was trying to corner the New York dating market. Little did we know, there was something much more widespread going on.
The clever tone of the site spills over the design elements, evidenced in each profile, which calls for longitude and latitude (instead of height and build) and "ganja"-smoking habits (midnight tokers and nicely baked members are welcome on the site). There are plenty of open-ended answers, such as "My therapist describes my personality as:" and "To get my lover hot, I:" Under "Media Stuff" users can reveal what they read on the can, what their DVD is usually spinning, and what their Jukebox grooves to-these are the site’s words, not ours! Profiles also include an insanity test (ink-blot inclusive!) and a purity test, the results of which classify users' "lusty purity" -as (strangely) republican/conservative, "super friek" promiscuous, plain "frieky" or playful. As one may guess, the questions are pretty personal, so users can chose to keep their scores private or public. Users can then use the results to screen members using the spam application, a saved search which that lets users hide from other members.
As the saying goes, (and as the great Michael Jackson has said) "It don’t matter if you're black or white." InterracialMatch.com is an online dating site for those that agree. Users join because they are fascinated by other cultures or especially attracted to a race besides their own. Run by parent site SuccessfulMatch.com , InterracialMatch resembles sibling sitesBikerKiss.com and PositiveSingles.com in appearance and application. While this happy online dating family does offer highly segmented audiences to online daters seeking singles in a specific demographic, SuccessfulMatch sites leave much to be desired for those seeking a seamless web experience on a pretty-looking page. Picky, picky!
Your single self may be a product of nurture and nature, but your relationships are a product of compatibility and chemistry, or so says Chemistry.com, Match.com's sister online dating site. Chemistry.com differs from its sibling site since it targets singles who are serious about finding long and meaningful relationships. Chemistry.com uses extensive personality profiling to access the personality type of its users and hand-select compatible matches. The fancy-schmancy personality profiling is based upon the work of Chemistry.com's very own biological anthropologist and expert on human attraction, Dr. Helen Fisher. The Chemistry.com profile consists of 100-plus statements such as "People should behave according to established standards of proper conduct," and "I feel emotions more deeply than most people." Chemistry.com users choose from four responses on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.
Amy Borkowsky, who lists her age as "somewhere between Carrie and Samantha," is looking for Mr. Right, and what better way to reach a large pool of potential mates than during the XY's must-see televised event? She's been campaigning on her website SuperBowlSingleGirl hoping to raise approximately $3 million for the ad spot. Borkowsky has so far raised a mere thousand dollars and only a few open slots during the big game remain, but the innovative singleton is hopeful an advertiser might like her cause and feature her in an ad, if she's unable to buy one herself.
If you're an internet user (hey there you!), you've probably seen ads for Adult FriendFinder—they're those banners promising that there are live women in your zip code waiting to have sex with YOU! Now, maybe you've wondered if these women really exist. Turns out they do. In his investigation for Radar, writer Teddy Wayne signed up for AFF with three distinct personalities: a straight man, bisexual woman and gay guy. Most of the his findings are what you'd expect on a casual sex site: profiles include lots of photos of erect cocks, his female profile received more far responses than his male one, and there seems to be way more men than women on the site (despite the fact that AFF says half of its members are women).
Grape growers and winemakers are starting to get together the old fashioned way: online. It appears the principles that run online dating are pretty excellent for supply management in an almost commodity business. Just like online dating, you just have to be sure that the person you're dealing with wants your grapes inside their bottle for the right reasons.
Thinking of lining up a date on the Internet? With more than 800 dating sites online, choosing a dating service has become as complicated as choosing a mate. This primer will give you pros and cons of sites large and small, so you can minimize your hassle and maximize your chances of finding love online.
Online dating threw me an unexpected curveball: my career. As a professional writer, I gave men an easy topic to make conversation about in their initial flirtacious emails: "Where do you work? What do you write about?" The problem is, these men already knew my first name was Jessica; I knew that as soon as I gave them any other clue about my work, they'd be off and Googling. That's certainly what I did to a fellow JDating journalist who worked at a major entertainment magazine told me he once interviewed Blake Lively: it took three seconds to figure out his real identity.
When you feel like you're the last single girl you know, jump online: There are dating sites for fitness fanatics, hotties with herpes, and gold diggers. What's this? You're not a cyclist with genital sores who's planning to marry up? Lucky for you there are plenty of mainstream dating sites as well. But even virtual pickup centers that cater to everyone have a demo they do best. Our friends over at awesome new lady-site Lemondrop (welcome to the web gals!) have a breakdown of the male/female ratio and average ages on various dating dotcoms.
Would you date someone with an STD? Would you want them to be honest about it? Honesty is understood at PositiveSingles.com, an online dating community for those who reject a life of seclusion as part of their STD-prognosis. Whether they have HPV or HIV, members can use Positive Singles to find romance, friendship, or simply support. Each member's specific STD is cited on their profile alongside otherwise-standard information, and users can sift through profiles by searching for specific STDs or any other information. Genital herpes and HPV seem to be most prevalent on the site, according to a Love Buzz browse. As for profiles, photos can be posted but are not necessary, making anonymity totally possible. But, by and large, you'd be hard-pressed to find a member with horns, or any scarlet letter whatsoever. In fact, most members who post pictures are pretty good-looking–so much so that the vast number of photo-free profiles is a bit disappointing.
Earlier this week, I wrote about a questionable Craigslist personal ad that a supposed "SWF "had posted, listing her highly specific requirements for a man. Thankfully, the ad—calling for a man with such particular qualities as owning three to five North Face items—was fake. Boinkology created the listing to test how well a neurotically picky woman would fare in the online dating sea. Apparently, the response was surprisingly positive.
When looking for love, most singles leave no stone unturned. There are more and more creative ways to meet men—speed dating, singles rock-climbing, Facebook—but while online dating has made placing personal ads de rigueur, blind dates still get a bad rap. While no one wants to listen to their dental hygienist's neighbor's son snort laugh through dinner, a thoughtful setup—done right—can get you a pleasant evening, and maybe the love of your life.