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Have You Used an Online Dating Service?

People find true love in all kinds of situations. At the bus stop, at work, on line at a coffee shop, at parties, at bars, you name it. So what if you've exhausted all those options and are still on the singles scene?

Luckily there are always online dating services and there are many to choose from: Match.com, eHarmony, JDate, Matchmaker (cute name), PerfectMatch, Great Expectations, and Yahoo! Personals just to name a few.

These services do all the work for you. You can simply sign up, make a profile, and they'll send you emails telling you about people you are compatible with based on your interests. The idea is brilliant actually, and it makes meeting new people pretty easy if you're game. Two of my friends are actually in long term relationships with men they met through one of these services. So I definitely think they're worth a shot.

So I'm wondering, have you have ever signed up for an online dating service? If so, have you met anyone? Do you think they're a good idea or a bad idea?

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
There needs to be a "Yes, but I decided it's not for me" selection.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
I met my guy on a dating website... we've been together 8 months.... so ironic that we both still think its weird, but glad we did it!
dwhite-1217 dwhite-1217 9 years
ive been thinking about it....but im young, so really wondering how many young guys are out there(like under 25?_
maddiemay maddiemay 9 years
I was very weary about doing the online thing but as I had just moved to a big city and a lot of my friends were guys I figured why not as hard to meet a guy when you're hanging out with other guys! ;-) I literally posted a profile on match and, like xlove, got an email from a guy and it was as though it was meant for me. Showed a few girlfriends who totally agreed and so had to sign up to reply. We went out the next week and have been together since.. 2.5 years.. we live together have 2 dogs and a cat and are in it for the long haul! I was very lucky that it worked so quickly and I know that's not the norm! I've had a few friends sign up after I met my b-friend and have also had success. Two are actually already engaged! I know it can have a 'stigma' but seriously- you really get to learn more about a person and know that they are wanting a relationship as well. I know there are sketchs out there- but isn't meeting someone at a bar worse? That's how I met my ex and well now he's an 'ex'! :-) The way my b-friend and I view it- it's just another avenue to meet someone! Especially in a big city!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I met my boyfriend on okcupid.com! =D Been together for over 13 months, coming up to 14 months soon. =)
popsugarjunkie popsugarjunkie 9 years
We did not use a dating serves to meet. However we did chat with each other a few days before we had our first date. We have not spent a day apart since our second date, and have been happily married for over 5 years now.
valepere valepere 9 years
I met my guy online (not with one of the dating services though) 10 years ago :)
demeter demeter 9 years
Yes
ginghamgirl ginghamgirl 9 years
i met my hubby in myspace. :) haha.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
i'm married so i don't need a date. and while i like the idea of weeding out the dates with info you give to the service, i think a walk in dating service sounds safer. there are just so many freaks out there and it seems like anyone could create a fake profile in a few minutes. walk in agency's SEEM to have a little more protection.
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
I signed up for a few and didn't have any luck after about 4-5 months, so I deleted my accounts.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
lol Pop...i met my boyfriend at a bar and when our eyes met...i just knew he was the one! ROFLMAO ;) okay okay, really i just knew i wanted to do him! ;) hehe...
jainette jainette 9 years
wow all those stories are amazing,especially yours cam,so romantic=)
chicaparati17 chicaparati17 9 years
Yep! Yahoo Personals, met this great guy....got to know him....liked him....love him AND we have been married for 3 years! :)
cam cam 9 years
I always thought it was kind of sad, people meeting online. I knew it wasn't for me. While my little brother was in Iraq with the Army for the first time, my friends and other brother all signed up for Myspace. They kept telling me how great it was, and how it made keeping in touch easier. So, in order to keep in touch with my brother I signed up. I did the BARE minium at first, and then got a little more into it. I would always get messages from random guys, but never responded. Then one faithful day I got this message from a guy with the same name as my little brother, and in his pic he was in uniform. His email was so funny! He was giving me a really hard time about something I had put in my profile. I was impressed that he ad actually READ my profile, and didn't say anything about me being "hot" or wanting to "hook up". I wrote back, and long story short we got married on 07/07/07!! I would never have thought things like this work. But I think for us is was the perfect way. He was in IRaq, and so for the first part of the relationship we could only write, and talk. This allowed us to really get to know each other before anything physical ever happened. If you had asked me 2 years ago if I would even date a guy I met online, I would have said no way. So keep an open mind you never know!! :) As a disclaimer, we might just be the exception. I think there are a lot of dishonest people out there, and online is a great way to exploit someone. So, please don't use my story as an example of how all online relationships work. Take it slow, and be careful. Listen to what the person says, and then see if everything matches up with the way they act. Me smart, and talk to friends a lot, and if any of them start seeing things that are off, listen! But I also wouldn't say not to met people online. I met an incredible man that way! Never say never ;)
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Thanks Citizen. I totally mean it about the screening process though. I think one cant be *too* careful, ya know? Popgoestheworld: UGH!! That makes me crazy (as you can see) - people ASSume that you are some kind of loser and have no life other than the internet - just totally wrong and judgey Very cute story on how you two started seeing each other. I think it isnt always about staring across the room and knowing -thats the cookie cutter version of romance girl, you have your own right there. Being the first person you emailed and ending up in a relationship doesnt sound like the norm... :)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I hear you, Alisha! I hate that people assumed I went to online dating because I had no luck elsewhere. I had just broken up with a long-term boyfriend and I wanted to go on some fun dates. It seemed like an interesting thing to try so I did! My BF was 32 at the time, and I was 25. He had his profile set to only find 27 - 34 year olds or something, so I emailed him and asked if he'd be willing to make an exception to the rule! Well he was, and the rest is history. He was the first person I emailed and the only person I ever went on a date with from match.com. I don't think that's a normal success rate :) Honestly, I'm a romantic at heart and sometimes hate that we didn't like, stare across the room at each other and instantly know we were soulmates. But despite that everything is great!
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Alisha_Stilleto, very good points, by the way...
Home Home 9 years
I don't know if I should admit this, but my fiance and I met on Craigslist. Neither of us was expecting it to work out, but crazily enough, it did!
anniechacha anniechacha 9 years
Like Nicachica I have tried both Match and eHarmony and didn't have much luck. I guess its just not for me.
citizenkane citizenkane 9 years
Cute Stories!! I couldn't do online dating, but some of the best couples I've ever been around met online. I think its a great way to meet a significant other if it fits your lifestyle.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
Thanks alltherage, that was sweet. Yeah, he is definitely everything I ever wanted (and then some) in a partner. We live together, he's my absolute best friend and I think there's nothing better than that. I think everyone should take care in the "screening" of the people they meet whether they meet them online or in a bar. You NEVER know who you're dealing with. You only know what they choose to show you.
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 9 years
FYI LadyP, because a person opts to use an online service does not mean that they have a problem with dating. I personally have no issue meeting men. I dont need to approach them ever, I have my pick. But I chose to go online so that I get to decide what I like, and pick. I dont settle. I hand select. lol Considering how many people here mentioned that they met their significant other via a website, that comment was asshat-ish.
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