My online dating experience ended as abruptly as it started. I was looking to do something outside of my “comfort zone”, and gave Match.com a try. I spent just about 3 months or so online, perusing profiles and responding to winks until I came across a guy I actually wanted to meet in person. We dated for a short while, decided we were better off as friends and remain friends to this day. So while my brief foray into the world of online dating wasn’t a complete disaster, might I have found a true love connection if I had been more specific? These days, there’s a website out there for just about anything or anyone you’re into so dust off that profile picture and get connected with some new options.
Whether you’re a cat lover, gluten-free, you’re super tall, you happen to love clowns, or are Amish – there is an online community where you can be your true self and meet someone who shares those interests. But if financial stability is high up on your list of priorities, why not just cut through the clutter and date within your credit score? Billed as a place “where good credit is sexy," CreditScoreDating.com promises to match you according to financial compatibility based on the credit scores of you and your potential partner. I created an account and logged on (for research purposes only!), and while there doesn’t appear to be a way to actually verify whether or not folks are being truthful about their score, I suppose putting it out there at the beginning at least gets the conversation started right?
But while all of these sites are great for people who think they know exactly what they want in a mate, having the same food allergies still doesn’t necessarily guarantee compatibility in the dating world. A new biochemistry company is promising to match you down to a molecular level. Instant Chemistry is trying to revolutionize online dating using research statistics that have found that up to 40% of physical attraction can be determined through genes alone. Their research also goes on to claim that genetically compatible people experience higher fertility rates and have healthier children in general. So how does it work? When you sign up, you receive a kit in the mail that contains everything you need to swab the inside of your cheek and send the DNA sample back to the lab. Your genetic information is then used to determine your IC Biocompatibility Score. This score is then provided to a professional matchmaker or dating service to compare with potential partners to try to ensure the best match possible. It sounds a bit extreme to me, not to mention all of the privacy issues that are sure to pop up, but isn’t this what Darwin had in mind all along?
I have to admit that even now, and as a tech-life expert, I’m still on the fence about the whole concept of online dating. I’ll be attending the wedding of a friend soon who met her fiancé on eHarmony, but there’s a part of me that continues to hold onto the notion that the process should be more organic than a few clicks. That idea may very well be what’s keeping me single, but when it comes to dating I’ll stay offline for now – even if technology might have found my perfect match.
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