Many people dream of meeting their soulmate. Fortunately, with the increase in dating services with millions of users, there's no longer the need to leave it to fate. Instead, singles worldwide can make it happen and put themselves out there to meet interesting people. But with the number of companies popping up, it starts to be difficult to find the one that's going to work best. Although eHarmony and Zoosk have the same objective – to help users meet their future companion – they work in different ways. While eHarmony uses the founder's decade-long psychological studies to match people with compatible personalities, Zoosk follows its users dating preferences to provide better matching options.
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eHarmony incorporates the decade-long psychology studies of Dr. Neil Clark, dubbed the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility. When a user creates an account, they're prompted to do a comprehensive psychological test that customizes their page and will be later used to obtain the best matches.
That’s not where the customization ends, though. On the profile page, there are extra details that users can share, like their favorite books, movies, and so on. Users can also answer quiz questions that are displayed on their profile. Adding the most information possible is crucial since it greatly improves the search engine results and ensures people meet their best matches.
The matching page is user-friendly. It displays new possible matches every day with simple information such as age and location, and users can then click on the people they're interested in to see their full profile. Unfortunately, photos are blurred for non-paying users.
Free users also don't have many ways to communicate. While singles paying for a subscription can even send private messages, free users can only send an emote or an icebreaker. Premium users also get distance search, a detailed personality profile, and the ability to view the profiles of people who visited their pages.
Zoosk took inspiration from popular social media platforms, borrowing features that allow users to express themselves through their taste in music, sports, films, and games.
Setting up a profile is easy: users only need to introduce themselves by their name, location, and email address. After the user responds to a verification email, the account is created. Users are only prompted to share their photos and preferences after logging in for the first time. Additionally, users can share bits of trivia about themselves, like their idea of a perfect date and a description of their soulmate. For users who aren't sure what to write, Zoosk provides clever ideas to help them put together a compelling profile.
The search method is also straightforward. Users can set basic parameters like age and location, and profiles will appear. It's possible to send a smile or a ‘like', or to start a conversation right away. For those who are feeling a little more adventurous, there's also the option to use the Carousel feature. Here, randomly chosen people will appear, and users can accept or reject them. When both parties accept, it's a match and they can start a conversation with each other. There's also SmartPick: a feature that evaluates users' dating styles and preferred partners in the background and displays the best matching profiles.
While eHarmony and Zoosk are both reliable dating services for meeting new people, they work differently. On the one hand, Zoosk offers a better service for free, enabling users to see photos and message each other right off the bat. On the other hand, eHarmony provides a more thorough program due to the psychological test all users need to do. As a result, eHarmony has what it needs to present great matches right from the get-go, whereas Zoosk may take a while to understand the user's dating preferences. At the same time, paying customers will find Zoosk more attractive since its monthly subscription is cheaper than eHarmony’s, and it doesn't oblige its users to commit to long periods of time like the latter does.
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