Helen says we're a clear Explorer/Negotiator couple—I'm the Explorer. What advice do you have for women who are considering online dating?Be honest, be yourself, and have a friend take a flattering photo. They're shorter than lunch or dinner—you can tell if there's a spark within the first 15 to 20 minutes. I've never felt so uplifted in looking at our data—4,000 first dates are arranged every week.I've tested other online "dating" and "personals" sites, and plan to review several of them soon.With design so poor, algorithms so lame, matches so weak, and support so unhelpful, I'm astonished they remain in business.As a paid member, I wrote to technical support repeatedly, explaining the most egregious errors, and recommending corrections. So, I documented a few of the problems here, hoping might be inspired to pursue some quality control.Whether it's the first or second, even the third time around, people need to know they can find a partner and fall in love.
We heard from two couples who never saw each other's profiles on Match.com, but they were paired by Chemistry.com, and now they're getting married. Yes, we've been in business for only a year, and we have a handful of marriages and engagements. Four years ago, I was a 33-year-old divorced mom from a traditional Jewish family when I met a guy from southern India who is from a Hindu family. Our backgrounds were so different, but we had chemistry.
The first couple to get married had a son in January. I couldn't stop thinking about him, had butterflies, walked by his office all the time to say hi. There are pluses and minuses to every combination; the test helps you become aware of what they are.