Match.com Takes Innovative Lead
Many singles rely on the advice of friends and family in the early stages of meeting a prospective romantic partner. While this can lead to problems in a small town, people on the internet often feel a loss of social input. Recently, Match.com launched a program called "Match My Friends". This new service enables a friend or family member to create a personal for someone else. Aside from widening the dating pool of eligible singles, there are some other advantages.
In a small town, or local setting, it is virtually impossible to pretend you are someone else. On the other hand, one of the most difficult things about online dating is determining if a personal ad is accurate. With the advent of Match My Friends, individuals now have someone else to ask about a prospective single. Perhaps where one person does not see an inconsistency in a profile, a friend or family member will.
Aside from this, there is also the factor of confidence. They say there is safety in numbers. Perhaps someone that is shy or introverted will feel safer when there are friends and family available on the personals website. Even though love knows no rules, it can be very difficult for people to take that crucial first step in seeking a date.
Finally, the attempt to provide some elements of small town dating to online websites can help with the selection process. Because you can meet people from all over the world through internet matchmaking services, the choices available are often overwhelming. Unlike small towns, where social opinion can carry too much weight, the effects of social advice in online dating forums can be of advantage.
There is no question that online matchmaking sites can be very successful in helping people find romance. That said, without the opinions and advice of friends and family, some singles may have a harder time utilizing these sites. With the launching of "Match My Friends", people seeking romance now have a means of employing social criteria similar to small town models.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Jan 11, 2008 9:11 am
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