Chemistry.com Review: Online Dating
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He Said/She Said Ratings
We took two volunteers, a man and a woman, and had them sign up for each online dating site, fill out a profile, look at their matches, and then give us their impressions. We also asked them to choose their favorite online dating site, resulting in our Guy's Choice award (Match.com) and our Lady's Choice award (Chemistry.com). Here's what they thought:
"...Chemistry.com wasn't great for me, but it wasn't bad either. I don't know, maybe I'm hard to match, but after the initial slate of 10 or so matches, it stopped giving me new ones. I like how the site looks, it feels personal, but the matching felt kind of simplistic, based more on personality types (leader, builder, etc.) which I don't place a lot of stock in, personally. I'm more into common interests, I guess. Having said that, I think one of the matches was pretty good, at least I liked her."
"...Overall, I really liked the highly personal feel of the guys' profiles and felt like this site had a lot of cool people to choose from... I had to do some "sensory perception" tests and there was also a part where I had to tell them if my index finger was longer, shorter or the same length as my ring finger. The background/preferences portion of the profile quiz was much better. The questions were relevant and fun to fill out.
What was really interesting was that when I finished the profile and got my matches back, I swear the quiz picked up on some of my more hidden traits. Some of the guys who I was matched with were into obscure books or movies I like that hardly anyone else does. So maybe there was something to that sensory perception, index finger bit after all. "
Chemistry.com was created by Match.com to cater to users who are seeking a committed relationship with a highly compatible partner. Like eHarmony, Chemistry.com suggests matches based on a detailed personality test. Unlike eHarmony, Chemistry.com goes beyond matching similar personality types to insightful analysis of how different personalities are likely to compliment one another. This type of online dating site is not for everyone, but it is very well designed to serve those who are truly serious about finding a soul mate.
Creating a free profile on Chemistry.com requires a bit more time and effort than most online dating sites, since you will be taking a personality test in addition to providing basic information about yourself and your desired partner. The personality test includes puzzles and questions that may seem strange or irrelevant, but the result is a fairly insightful analysis of your major and minor personality types, as well as the personality types with whom you're likely to be compatible, and dating tips specifically tailored to your personality. As with Match.com, you'll also write a minimum 200 word description of yourself and your ideal match, upload a primary photo and have the option to add up to 25 additional photos.
Unlike most online dating sites, Chemistry.com does not allow you to search or browse though potential matches. Instead, you will only be able to view profiles that are suggested by Chemistry.com's matchmaking system. This means that the matching criteria you indicate in your profile are especially important, since these preferences, along with the results of your personality test, will be used to help select your suggested matches. It also means that Chemistry.com offers more privacy than most online dating sites, since your profile is only visible to those whom the system has identified as a compatible match.
You'll receive up to five new matches each day, and you'll be able to review each suggested match's profile, photos, a graphic highlighting your common interests, and a brief prediction of how your personality types would be likely to click. You can discard the match if it doesn't seem promising, decide later if you aren't sure, or, if you are a Chemistry.com subscriber, you can choose to start getting to know your suggested match. If you choose to discard a match, you'll be asked to give a reason so that the system can provide more accurate matches in the future.
You must review and categorize your matches in order to continue receiving new suggested matches. Meanwhile, your profile will be suggested as a potential match for other Chemistry.com members, who may indicate interest in getting to know you. Suggested matches aren't sent simultaneously, which reduces visible rejection and increases opportunities for potential matches. Although you are able to review suggested matches for free, you will only be able to review the profiles of members who have indicated interest in you once you have subscribed. This can pose a problem for subscribing members, who have no way of knowing whether the profiles that interest them belong to nonpaying members who will be unable to respond or even review the subscribing member's profile.
When you decide you'd like to get to know a suggested match, you'll begin Chemistry.com's four-stage communication process. During the first step, both you and your match will rank different criteria that often come up during relationships, such as neatness, feelings on family life, or pets, and review each other's answers to see if there is enough compatibility to move on to the next stage. During the second step, you'll each choose two pre-written questions for the other to answer, and then you'll review those answers. Once you have completed the first two steps, you can communicate through Chemistry.com's secure email system without revealing your personal contact information. If all goes well, Chemistry.com will facilitate a casual meeting at a public, mutually convenient location, so that you can gauge the level of chemistry between you and your match. These steps are designed to make the process easy and comfortable for both you and your match, but some users may find it excessively time-consuming.
Those who are eager to view or meet as many potential matches as possible are likely to find Chemistry.com frustrating. But for those who are patient and dedicated, Chemistry.com could be the perfect place to find true love.
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Chemistry.com Forum Posts
- How many emails will I get?
The amount of Emails that you would receive would really depend on your involvement in the website. The more that you interact with people yourself...
- How many emails will I get?
If I join, how many emails will I receive daily? Thank you, Bobbye
- Unique matches?
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- Unique matches?
What are your unique ways of getting matches?
- Can I change my location?
Thanks for your question! It sounds like maybe you'd like to change your location on Chemistry so you'll see matches in Dallas, where you live? We are...