An eHarmony Experiment

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This The New York Times science section has an article by John Tierney with an interesting dating service twist. John had decided to find out if he and wife of 12 years would be considered a good match by eHarmony. They each registered separately and answered the 250 plus questions as honestly as possible, with many of their answers being the same or very similar. The only exception was, they said each of them was divorced (you can't join eHarmony if you are married). Johns wife got more matches overall but John did get several dozen over a week. Both had said they wanted nearby matches (they had entered the same zip code in both of their profiles) and most of the matches they both received lived in their area but the one match they where looking for wasn't there. They where not match to each other.

John did contact Galen Buckwalter who is eHarmony's vice president of research and development to see what was going on. Galen is a psychologist and helped design eHarmonys matching system. He offered John some advice, which in the end, did not produce the result John was looking for, a match with his wife. It looks like John couldn't crack how eHarmony matches singles, but I am glad to know it is deeper than just having similar answers in your profile. I find most matching systems do work and are a helpful guide. I just don't think anyone has cracked the question, "How do you find your soul mate?".

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