Have you ever considered online dating as a
way of meeting people. No, why not?
Online Dating – My First Time
by: Christine Hancock
Okay. I’ll take a look, but I’m not saying that I’m going to
participate in online dating just yet. I’ve heard the success
stories and the horror stories about online dating, but I do not
have any first hand experience to share with you on the topic.
What I plan to do in this article is take you with me while I
explore the different online dating services available on the web.
Brace yourself and buckle your seatbelt, I’m going to try something
I saw in a cartoon.
Just kidding. That’s something I like to say to the passengers in
my car just before I start to drive. Maybe that’s part of the reason
I’m having dating problems in the first place.
Okay, the first website I discovered says it’s a “free” online
dating service. Online, red flags always go up for me when someone
says that magic word, “free”. But, let’s take a closer look.
Well, it sounds good. It says it is, “an internet dating service
that provides a comfortable and intimate environment where you can
safely and conveniently search and find your perfect soul mate,
while having lots of fun. Thousands of dating ads of singles that
are looking for dating romance, intimacy and friendship is available
for you to browse through. Your ideal companion might be among them.
(site name deleted) brings dating to new frontiers, making
I’m having a little trouble with the comfortable and intimate
environment thing. They haven’t seen the room my computer sits in.
Safe and convenient sounds nice though. But if the website is just a
lot of personal ads, can’t I just get something like that at my
local news stand or in my local newspaper?
I think I’ll move on and take a look to see if there are online
dating services that provide more than dating advice and personal
Hmm, now I find myself on an online dating website that claims to
be the biggest online dating service on the web. It has a big
picture of Dr. Phil on the front. Almost scared me away, but I’ll
tough it out and stay to see what they offer.
Here is what they say, “Looking for more in a relationship and a
dating site? With over 10 years of experience in online dating and
relationships, (site name deleted) is the worldwide leader in online
dating and relationships. Where else can you find millions of
singles looking for love, just like you? We don't offer just online
personals, we are personal in our offerings - to help you find a
date, a relationship, a marriage.
Whoa! Marriage? I said I might try online dating. I never said
anything about marriage! And now I have the mental image of
“millions of singles looking for love”. Wow! Millions. Okay, so they
sound big, but what do they actually offer?
Well, first off, they don’t really tell you much about the
services they provide. Just a lot of information about the millions
who have gotten married through their online dating service. So I
bit the bullet and went to the sign up form to learn more.
Now comes the money question. $29.95 for a month or I can get
discounts for longer memberships. Then there is the Dr. Phil
MindFindBind program that costs more. Now I’m laughing because since
I am checking the online dating service out while typing this
article, I evidently have waited too long to make my decision
because a popup just came up to offer me assistance with making up
They do have some free services, but those are basically, create
a profile, look at profiles, etc. That’s just like the free services
on the first online dating website. You have to pay for the ability
to actually respond to any emails sent to you by other members or
block members or to see which members have taken a peek at your
profile. That all sounds okay, but if you go for the whole Dr. Phil
package you get an online dating tutorial, a video about online
dating, online dating workshops, and online dating advice. Wow!
Well, as I said, I haven’t decided just yet, so we are going to
check out one more online dating website together. Okay, this one is
free. They have a patent pending on their matchmaking idea. They
calculate your matchability in percentages.
The online dating method they use goes like this, “When you
answer a question in our improve matches area we learn: (1) your
answer, (2) how you'd like someone else to answer, and (3) how
important the question is to you. We collect these three values for
Your match percentage with a given person on (site name deleted),
let's call him b, is based on the values of (1), (2),and (3) for
questions you've both answered. We'll call that set S later in this
explanation:” Wow! I thought that just regular dating was
I think I’m going to keep checking out more
online dating websites until I find the one that is right for me. So
we just toured have been too much like personal ads, too expensive,
too Dr. Phillish for my tastes, or too complicated. I’m sure though,
just like finding the right date, there is an online dating website
out there for me and one for you too!
I encourage you to at least try online dating. But don’t stop at
the first online dating service you find, just like hopefully you
wouldn’t stop at the first singles bar you saw. Check out as many as
you need to in order to find the online dating service that is right
About The Author
Christine Hancock runs "The Personals Network!" There are
hundreds of online dating sites out there today, so how do you know
which one to choose? That's why we decided to build Online Dating,
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