Finding love and compatibility through online dating site… is it for you?
It may surprise you to know that there are 8000 online dating sites in the world, 2500 of which are in the United States.
Online dating, as we know it, began in the 1990s. However, according to Wikipedia, there were multiple attempts since 1959 to connect people based on common interests and their quest to find true love. Among the first established and still well-recognized online dating sites are Match.com in 1995, JDate in 1997, eHarmony in 2000, and Christian Mingle in 2001. Check here for the best dating sites.
I can speak personally and passionately about eHarmony. As a fairly new radio interviewer in 2003, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Neil Clark Warren, co-founder of eHarmony, who is also a Clinical Psychologist, and Christian Theologian. It was an unexpectedly intriguing and interesting conversation. Here was a way for people to meet each other that was scientifically based, specifically 29 Dimensions of Compatibility. These dimensions include but are not limited to Emotional Temperament, Social Style, Cognitive Mode, and Values and Beliefs. (For more information on the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility see www.eHarmony.com).
One of the most significant things I took away from our interview was contrary to what I had always heard—”opposites attract.”
He believes that they attract, yet often attack, so couples should be more similar than dissimilar in their core beliefs and interests.
Fast forward 10 years, and I found myself on eHarmony.com after a long term marriage ended. My own “happily ever after” is that I met my match there and we married in 2015. Even now, it still seems surreal that we first connected on a dating site and actually got married! But as busy professionals, sometimes options are limited. We remain thankful to have found each other and to have found ourselves in Greenville. We both acknowledge that the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility must work. Take it from me, the reality is that there is someone out there for everyone and if you are lucky, it just may be a click away.