Do you believe in the "science" of online dating?

Yesterday's New York Times had an article by Alina Tugend called "Blinded By Science In The Online Dating Game."  In it she talks about different online dating sites like eHarmony and Chemistry and their claims of using science to better match up their dating clients.

I've used both sites and here was my experience.  A couple of years ago I sat down and spent an hour and a half filling out the detailed questionnaire that was supposed to allow eHarmony to match me up with the man of my dreams.

There were all kinds of questions about my activities, my likes, my dislikes and what I was looking for in a man.  I basically said that as long as the guy had a pulse, lived within a 50 mile radius and didn't pick his teeth using a switchblade, I was willing to meet him.

The problem?  When I hit the "find my match" button, eHarmony told me they had no matches for me.  None.  Zero. 

Then just a few months ago I tried Chemistry.  Their questionnaire took about fifteen minutes, asked questions about the length of my fingers, my spatial perception and my likes and dislikes.  When I hit their "find my match" button, Chemistry told me my personality was that of a "director" and then gave me a page full of matches for "directors."

Now I didn't end up dating any of those guys, but I was much more pleased with the results.

Have you ever taken one of those online dating, "scientific" questionnaires.  If so, what kind of results did you get?


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