Match.com and eHarmony both play on the same field, so to speak, so if you are thinking of signing up to an online site, how do you choose between them? Both are dating sites targeted towards a large audience of people in different demographics, with different interests. These are two of the pioneers in online dating, and the two of them take the matching of their beloved members very serious. Let’s take a look at eHarmony and Match to figure out why one is more suitable for you than the other.
eHarmony started in 2000 in the USA and opened up in the UK in 2008. The site is based on finding truly compatible matches for people to engage in long-term relationships. The site asks every user to fill in a very long, exceedingly detailed questionnaire. These questions are the result of over 35 years clinical psychology experience plus a further three years of research and development. Dr Neil Clark Warren worked with couples for almost four decades and became aware that extreme differences could cause irrevocable splits between couples over time, no matter how strong their initial bond was. He used his wealth of experience in conjunction with Dr Galen Buckwalter’s work to come up with the premise of the site and scientific formula that endeavours to create the best matches for successful long term relationships.
Given the scientific background of the site it is not too surprising that the website as a whole has an almost clinical appearance to it; a strong sense of calming therapy being not too far away to analyse your feelings and ‘diagnose your best connections’ almost! eHarmony is currently available in, as well as the USA and UK, Canada, Brazil and Australia, and they have plans to expand even further afield. A unique questionnaire is formulated for each new country of operation in order to ensure the best possible matches according to the culture and people that will be using the site.
Match.com is the grand old person of the dating site world, having started way back in the infancy of the internet practically, in 1995. The site’s managers are certain that they are responsible for large numbers of marriages but are unable to provide statistics, as this was not a routine practice back then! With an avowed aim of taking the lottery out of love, Match.com works hard to find the perfect partner for you. They also offer the ‘Daily 6’; six new profiles that may be of interest, sent to your inbox each day.
The more you respond and interact with other people on the site, the more you are raising your profile, hopefully with the end result of you catching the eye of the one. Match.com also asks for a wealth of information as likes and dislikes but also encourages users to spice it up a little and look at people whose profiles are opposite to what they might typically like, just in case of a case of opposites attract being true.
The site is extremely packed with links to advice, articles, information, how-to sections,… and some rather nice-looking young people’s profiles too!
The main difference between the two sites is that eHarmony only sends links to people which it believes are very good matches, a business-like solemn approach. Whereas Match.com encourages their users to mix it up a little and get to know a great range of people, to widen your social circle.
Which One Should You Go For?
That depends entirely on what you are looking for by joining a social site like eHarmony or Match.com. If you are looking for a long term relationship with someone suited to you literally on a scientific level, then choose eHarmony; but if you would like a wide range of friends to help you discover what it is that you are looking for in a relationship, then Match.com can help you broaden your horizons.
Best Dating Sites of 2022
|Editor's Choice 2022|
Get the Best Deals on Dating Sites
Sign up to our newsletter to receive the best dating advice from our experts and get the best deals on dating sites.