If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Match.com wants to get in on some of the Facebook action. They are debuting new features that will allow Facebookers to meet up and keep track of Match.com dating enthusiasts. This meeting of new media and newer media may be a little uncomfortable for the younger crowd, we'll see.
From Channel News Asia By Wong Siew Ying SINGAPORE: The Social Development Unit (SDU) aims to have 30 dating agencies accredited in Singapore by 2010, and industry players said this will then pave the way for an association of matchmaking companies to be formed. Five dating agencies are set to undergo training in December to prepare to be accredited, and the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) said more will be done to help level up these companies. Tango’s Take
Some people want to be in a relationship but just don't want to engage in the sex part. Sometimes there are physical complications and sometimes the reasons are emotional. A new British dating site caters to this asexual crowd that want love and companionship, but no sex.
They were expecting to meet a men fitting their profile but ended up on a series of bizarre dates. Who's to blame? The plaintiffs think they should be compensated for their wasted time and dashed expectations.
From The Houston Chronicle By Alexis Grant Women who date online are likely to take precautions to protect their personal safety when first meeting a man face-to-face, but often are much less careful about protecting their sexual health once that encounter moves to the next level, a Houston-based study has found. While the women who were surveyed went to great lengths to screen online acquaintances before meeting them, nearly a third reported having sex on the first date and three-quarters of those said they did not use condoms, according to the study by The University of Texas School of Public Health. Those behaviors reflect a "virtual intimacy" the women developed with men online before meeting them in person, said the study's author, Paige Padgett. Tango’s Take
From The Boston Globe By Carolyn Y. Johnson Joyce Dales went through 30 guys on Match.com before she found her Jedi Knight in shining armor. "I was either too strange or they weren't strange enough," she said. Eventually, she found and married Jeff Dales, a "recovering lawyer" from Nottingham, N.H., who was geek enough to sprinkle Star Wars references into his first flirtatious e-mails. But the long list of rejections, from teachers and lawyers and other professionals scattered among the millions of profiles she encountered on popular dating sites, showed Dales that people like her had a problem: Online dating -- once the domain of geeks -- had gone completely mainstream.
Online dating sites eHarmony and Chemistry.com are in a lover's quarrel writ large. The sticking point: Should a site be allowed to outlaw would-be members? Anyone who's tried online dating knows that sooner or later, they'll probably be rejected—by a potential suitor. Yet over one million would-be daters have been blocked from joining online dating site eHarmony. Now rival dating site Chemistry.com is capitalizing on the site's rejection policy, with a 10 million dollar ad campaign calling attention to the fact, and positioning itself as a welcoming, come-one-date-all alternative.
See what a year of online dating does to one author. In the first few months, I went on seven first dates that went nowhere fast. I received four "winks." I ignored six men. Four men ignored me. Then, as winter gave way to a glorious spring, I experienced my first sustained epistolary romance. I received a lovely note from a fellow writer. Within nine days we had exchanged 57 emails...
Dating can be tough. Dave Singleton, author of Behind Every Great Woman There’s a Fabulous Gay Man:Advice from a Guy Who Gives It to You Straight, suggests first date locales that help both of you feel comfortable and where you might even (gasp!) have a bit of fun.
Looking for love can be about as much fun as having your teeth cleaned. Forget about the mundane dinner and movie. Kristine Kern, self-described as "one of the dating masses" talks to Dave Singleton, author of Behind Every Great Woman There’s a Fabulous Gay Man: Advice from a Guy Who Gives It to You Straight and The Mandates: 25 Real Rules for Successful Gay Dating. Together they came up with a few refreshing first date ideas that can help you get a better idea of your prospective partner. Also included: bad first date ideas.