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6 MONTHS AGO |
Ditto re the lightness of the article. There are several websites ranking on google that are not covered. And I would appreciated Choice doing what I quickly do to estimate coverage, i.e. using narrow criteria such as an exact age and height to get a count of all members of that subset within n km of a particular locality, which allows accurate extrapolation. Choice could then follow through by paying to contact a small percentage of members to check that they are real currently active individuals; this would be expensive for large numbers, but could check if the smaller websites are stuffing their database with fake accounts. This is the sort of stuff I would expect a consumer watchdog to do, instead of relying on the websites' reported figures.An analysis of photos could figure out how many people use more than one website - there is nothing wrong with doing so, but it can mean that there is little point re being active on the smaller sites. You could also give more of a run down on demographics - e.g. RSVP seems more white collar, seemed OKcupid more blue collar. Personally, I've given up on PlentyOfFish, OKcupid (although I really like its concept), and eHarmony - they just didn't have who I wanted. The price of an RSVP stamp seems to dissuade time-wasting. The fact that they are cheaper in bulk perhaps encourages people to stay with the one account rather than proliferate accounts, which hopefully encourages honesty. RSVP seems to have won the critical mass war, although I could well imagine new paradigms such as enforcing honest self representation could allow market shifts. Thanks to Jane for raising iqcatch.com - I also noticed relationships.answers.com/adult-singles-dating/intelligence-based-dating-sites-for-mensa-minds has stuff on niche sites. Given that the wikipedia page listing dating sites seems to be dominated by vested interests, it would be great if Choice could provide moderation of members' reported experiences.Another useful thing Choice could do is survey a representative sample of the population re their experiences, and report that.Personally, I have found internet dating to be great - you get to think about compatibility before physical sexual attraction shuts down one's brain, so it has many of the advantages of the arranged marriages that have so long been the norm in most of the world. It might even lower the divorce rate. Reproduction is up there on Maslow's only shortly after oxygen, so it would be great if Choice could help us all do it more intelligently.
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5 MONTHS AGO |
Hi John,Thanks for your ideas. I'll make a note of them and when we next review online dating, we will add the sites you've mentioned to our list.Kind regards,Zoya SheftalovichCHOICE investigative journalist
5 MONTHS AGO |
Hi John,It sounds like you have a great ideas of how to go about evaluating dating websites. It's a shame that Choice didn't make more of an effort.(I'm also a bit surprised that no one from Choice has replied to our comments!)
6 MONTHS AGO |
To be honest, I was expecting a little more from Choice than just a rundown of the prices and a few opinions or case studies. How about some thoughtful criticism?
6 MONTHS AGO |
Yep, I agree, seems to be rather light on the review and the number of dating websites reviewed. Has anyone tried IQ Catch www.IQCatch.com I wouldn't mind getting a review for this site, apparently its supposed to be for smart / Intellectuals singles.
7 MONTHS AGO |
I met my husband via internet dating. And I know other 7 steady couples that have met that way (5 mid 30's & 2 over 50's). I suppose the stigma is fading out. We now find houses, jobs and goods online. So it only makes sense. Having said that, I did meet someone who was lying and was actually married. Very sad as her wife called me so I was honest with her. So overall a good experience but 1 in 4 is dodgy but you just move on. My guess is in a pub 3 out of 4 is dodgy so my take is you are better off with internet dating.
4 YEARS AGO |
It's entirely clear here that $name is a very important thing. I just believe the review could have entailed a little more information. lol ;)