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Matchmaking: Does it work?

April 10th, 2015

Everyone loves to play matchmaker. I can’t even tell you the number of people who have tried to hook me up with a member of the opposite sex. They include friends, co-workers, family, and even neighbors. There’s something really nice about knowing that you had a hand in finding love for another individual. But does matchmaking really work?

popular websiteThe problem with people playing matchmaker is that the strength of the matches relies entirely on who that person knows, and what they perceive will be a compatible partner for you. But how often can people be wrong? Moreover, how can someone, even a family member, truly understand your wants and needs enough to find you the ideal soul mate?

A much better matchmaker than humans, in my opinion, is science. Before you roll your eyes, consider this: Many scientists and experts have devoted their lives analyzing what makes people attracted to each other, and what the components are of a successful relationship. Wouldn’t it be great if you could tap into such research to find your own significant other?

Well, the good news is that you can do just that. Plenty of websites use the science of compatibility to find you matches based on complex algorithms. The most famous compatibility matching site is eHarmony, for good reason. Not only is it one of the most prominent online dating sites, it is believed the site has created more marriages than any other dating service, online or otherwise.

But how can you know if eHarmony’s system will work its magic for you? The answer is quite simple. You can use an eHarmony free trial from sites like This will enable you to join the site, take the personality quiz, then begin receiving matches all before you pay your first dime. You will be able to see first-hand what kind of matches eHarmony generates before you have to choose whether or not to become a subscriber to the site.

Recent changes even make it possible for you to communicate with your matches to a limited extent. This process is called guided communication, and differs from open e-mail exchange because of its restrictions. But it’s still nice to know you can get the ball rolling before you make your first payment. My suggestion is to join, then engage in guided communication with the people you are interested in. If someone is responsive to your efforts, then it’s high time to pull out your wallet and pay for a subscription. Until then, you can sake by using the site for free. After all, why pay for something before you really have to?

To get your eHarmony free trial, go here.