Tuesday, February 06, 2007

As Valentine's Day Approaches

I have that song from one of the internet dating service commercials stuck in my head because I am thinking of encouraging someone I know to get signed up for internet dating. I hear it's often successful. I just can't remember where I've heard it! I would love to hear any and all success stories, even if it's just that you know of a couple. Right now I basically only know that my mom knows two couples who met through eHarmony. So any one of you probably knows more than me! It would be especially helpful to know which service(s) brought success. I guess it would also help to know the general age of the people successfully matched- 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s etc. Anyone is welcome to comment on this one. Actually that's always true; I would appreciate everyone's help on this one!

6 comments:

Brit said...

I've been a lurker for a while now. I just had to comment on this! I am 25 and single. Most of my friends are married and have been for a few since since we graduated college.

However, the ones who are not married have almost all tried eHarmony. I think they've used that one b/c of the way they match people and the high way they value the persons desires for spiritual compatability. Most of my friends are Christians (as am I) and they've found that eHarmony values that. I was even a missionary for a couple years after college (stateside) and I knew SO many people in my ministry that used eHarmony! Currently, I know of 3 engaged couples (friends of mine) who met through eHarmony- one who's getting married this weekend! It's everywhere I turn. One of those couples met when her friends signed her up and forced her to do it. I guess it worked! I've never tried it. Personally, I still think it's a little bizarre (on-line dating and meeting) but that's just me. Though a lot of people I know would swear by their methods!

sara said...

I never saw myself as a big supporter of online dating, but I think it definitely can work. I think I can share this story with everyone...
Brian's sister met her current boyfriend and very soon to be fiance on some sight--don't know which one. This is out of character for her, something she tried very rarely. But he is wonderful, a Christian, from Nashville, and truly a great match for her and the whole family. She is the last person I thought would meet someone this way, so it must really work!!
Side note: I think if people meeet this way, it is helpful and important for there to be lots of interaction with friends and family, just to make sure you know what you are getting into. They have spent lots of time with the family, our kids, and friends, and I think this has given everyone a great comfort level.

jennifer said...

My nephew, who is about 24 or so, met his fiance through eHarmony. They are getting married in June. I haven't met the gal, but my sister says she's a great person. It seems to me that at a time in our culture where "dating" has become a euphemism for sleeping around, that on-line introduction/matchmaking services is a great alternative for people looking for serious relationships.

jennifer said...

My nephew, who is about 24 or so, met his fiance through eHarmony. They are getting married in June. I haven't met the gal, but my sister says she's a great person. It seems to me that at a time in our culture where "dating" has become a euphemism for sleeping around, that on-line introduction/matchmaking services is a great alternative for people looking for serious relationships.

rhb said...

Sara, I am so happy and excited for Brian's sister! That is great! Tell her "best wishes" from me- when the time is appropriate, of course!

Elizabeth said...

Okay, I am late coming in, but I do think sights such as E-harmony that are well-don can be helpful to people in today's culture. I actually have several friends who I would like to see try it, one of whom has completed the evaluation, but has yet to give the go-ahead and I really wish she would! I met a couple at a reformed church near Destin that met on E-harmony. The man had never been married(as far as I know) and the woman was a widow with three young children from St. Louis(she may have gone to Providence, who knows?). Anyways, they were obviously compatible not only personality-wise, but theologically as well, and E-harmony matched them up, and they've now been married at least three years. When I met them, they were engaged(it had been announced from the pulpit the Sunday we visited), and I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback when chatting with the man in the lunch line he told me how they'd met. I do think this is slowly becoming more common place. In the case of this couple, it worked for Christians, and for non-Christians, it's got to be better than meeting in a bar(provided the crazies are weeded out; not that there aren't crazies in bars anyways).

BTW--I got your sweet note two days ago. *blush* thanks...you're too kind...will write a more personally response later.

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