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How well does online dating work?

Online dating sites are ubiquitous. I seen tons of commercials these days for sites such as eHarmony and Match.com, which arguably are the two 800 pound gorillas as far as Internet dating goes. And I’ve certainly met my share of people who have utilized these sites heavily.

online dating profile on Match.comBut does online dating work any better than traditional dating? Sites like eHarmony and Match.com certainly want you to think so. In the aforementioned commercials, it is often stated that people who use these sites are more likely to get into a relationship or get married. To be honest, I’m not sure how much I believe such statistics.

But perhaps the right question isn’t whether or not you have a better chance of finding someone with online dating. After all, dating sites only offer you another avenue for meeting people. Once you actually meet someone you start dating, the rest is up to you.

The one area where online dating definitely helps is that it may speed up the process of finding someone to go out with. I remember that before dating sites were popular, it took some people a long time to find a date. I doubt this is the case if they use a dating site. It also gives shy or busy people an easy way to get into the dating game. So while I’m not sure if the relationships that start online are more likely to succeed, it does seem true that participating in a dating site gives you more good opportunities to find a date in the first place.

So which dating site is right for you? If you like to sift through hundreds of profiles and make contact with people yourself, the best choice is Match.com. On the other hand, if you prefer a more intimate approach, where you are “introduced” to matches through a highly complex and well-respected algorithm, you best option would be eHarmony. The lastest eHarmony free trial from OnlineDatingTrials.com allows you to communicate with other members for free.

It’s important to note that according to eHarmony, their site generates more marriages than any other internet site. So I guess it boils down to what exactly you’re looking for at this juncture in your life.