Online Dating and the Scientific Method
A particular subset of online dating services that has gained prominence over the past few years is web sites that offer a more scientific method to matchmaking, using various tests of compatibility and personality to derive the best possible matches. Irish daters have begun to turn to Parship.ie for just such a service, using a psychometric testing to take some of the guesswork out of landing the perfect potential mate.
Those that support this type of test-based matchmaking tout it as a way to delve a bit deeper into finding out what really makes online singles tick. Sure, a profile with pictures and a description are good, but they can sometimes be fairly formulaic and predictable. These types of personality tests cut through all of that and attempt to hit a deeper level of disclosure of a person's true nature. In the United States, eHarmony.com takes a similar approach to matching up only those couples that are compatible based on some questionnaire responses.
Parship, for one, has seen tremendous success through the approach, having garnered 2.4 million daters eager to take their search for love online. The site touts the credentials of the particular test used by pointing to the scientists and psychologists that derived the test, all based at Hamburg University. Whether that sways you or not, there is at least some kind of scientific basis to the test (Freud and Jung are cited).
For many singles, both online and off, such a scientific approach to dating may seem a bit out of sorts with the emotional process finding someone special can be. Whether such a service would do well by you is really a matter of personal preference. If you believe that you can get to the core of what makes someone tick by perusing a wide array of possible matches and communicating to find out more about the ones you like, there are countless dating services that do just that.
However, for those that think a more scientific, systematic approach can save some time by turning up only those daters that are potentially compatible based on shared thoughts and personality traits, personals sites like Parship are just perfect.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com May 13, 2007 5:24 am
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