Online Dating Services

By: Jon Henshaw, M.A.

There are millions of singles who are looking for someone to date, and possibly someone to marry. For many singles, bars, clubs, and community settings don't appeal to them, or simply haven't given them what they're looking for. As a result, many singles are turning to online dating services.

Online dating services have been around for several years now. In fact, many people know someone who has met and married after using an online dating service. This article looks at two popular online dating services, and offers a compare and contrast between their offerings.


eHarmony has recently become one of the premier online dating services. It was started by Dr. Neil Clark Warren, a counselor, researcher and public speaker. His mission is to help millions of people find the right partner for life-long love and happiness.

eHarmony focuses on 29 dimensions that they consider to be the most important components in relationship success. Those dimensions include values, character, intellect, sense of humor, spiritual beliefs, and passion. They include these dimensions in their patented Compatibility Matching System™.

Their screening process is one of the most rigorous in the industry. Although eHarmony claims that this enables them to match someone up with the right person, many people have complained about not being matched with someone at all. Another complaint often heard about eHarmony is that they will only match heterosexual couples. is one of the oldest and most successful online dating services. They tout themselves as the number one online dating service, and claim to have inspired twice as many marriages than any other online dating service out there.

Unlike eHarmony, will help match up any type of couple (man seeking woman, woman seeking man, woman seeking woman, and man seeking man). As a result, their inclusiveness in relationship types has increased the amount of people they can market to, and has contributed to their success.

Although it doesn't appear that most people are finding their lifelong partners through, many people have reported as a great way to find dates. It appears that's service is geared more towards giving as many dating options as possible, instead of finding that perfect soul mate, like eHarmony attempts to do.


If you're looking for a soul mate, and you're heterosexual, then eHarmony is probably your best bet. However, don't expect to get a lot of matches. If you're just looking for dates, and you're not as concerned about finding your next spouse, then is probably your best choice.

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