In preparation for Valentine’s Day this Saturday, our i-Desk will be taking a week long look at one of the internet’s most traveled routes; on-line dating.
Before technology ruled the world, we used to rely on our families, friends, churches to help us find love. The internet has opened up a world of opportunities to search for Mr. or Ms. “Right”.
For some it can be a living nightmare, but for others it’s love at web site.
We’ve heard the romantic love stories advertising dating websites, stating so-and-so met on the internet, fell madly in love, and live happily ever after.
Is this a realistic way to find true love? One thing’s for sure, it has become an acceptable way to search for that special someone.
Shelby Wyatt has been internet dating for years because she says, it’s hard to find time to meet people elsewhere. “As people’s lives have gotten busier, corporate America demands more and more of us. We find less and less time for ourselves and the little black box upstairs, the computer, allows me to interact with people, whether it be local, in the next town, within the state, a couple towns over, or even all across the world if I want to.”
The internet has turned what was once a dating pool, into an ocean of possibilities.
So where do you start?
The big dogs in the computer-dating world are E-harmony and Match.com.
Research firm Harris Interactive reports nearly 250 E-harmony members marry every day in the United States as a result of being matched on the site.
Match.com promises you’ll find the love of your life in six months, or your next six-month subscription is on the house.
But Wyatt said the company makes you e-mail a ridiculous amount of users every week or the deal is off.
Once you fill out a lengthy profile on both sites, you can view your matches for free. But as soon as you want to contact any of them, be prepared to pull out your credit card.
Although pioneers in online dating, these two aren’t necessarily the best or the most likeable.
Of all the internet daters WWAY interviewed this past week, the name that constantly came up is Plentyoffish.com. With more than ten million singles signed up, this one’s a catch because it’s completely free.
OK Cupid is another free matching service; one attraction to the site is users can create their own questions for potential love interests rather than be limited to a pre-set list of questions. Created by the same guys who invented spark notes, OK Cupid is similar to social networking sites and is geared towards college students.
Internet dating may not be for everyone, but Wyatt said, don’t knock it ’til you try it. “It’s the new, the new way of meeting people and if you go about it in the right way and you’re smart about it, you can have a lot of friends. And it’s like I tell people, I said even if we don’t click, you never can have enough friends.”