Does Match.com Really Work?

So, it’s been a few years since you broke up with your girlfriend and while you’ve gone on many dates since then, you still haven’t found another woman who meant much to you. Your friends are starting to settle down and get married and though you’re not desperate at all, you are starting to wonder why it has to be so hard. You even agreed to a date with your mom’s friend’s daughter!

Since you’ve seen commercials for various Internet dating sites, you decide to check out a few of them, including Match.com. Although you’re a little wary of things that seem too good to be true, you’re hoping that this is the help you’ve been looking for to meet the “one.” Still, you’re wondering: Does Match.com really work?

Is Match.com Worth Signing Up For?

Only you can make the decision whether it’s worth taking the time to sign up on the Match.com site. You’ll hear stories from people that are good–I met my wife on Match.com–and stories that are bad–the women only seemed to want to date guys that looked like Brad Pitt. Hey, you’re the one looking, not them. Just because it might have or might not have worked out for a friend doesn’t mean that you’ll have the same results.

Since you haven’t yet had luck going about dating the old-fashioned way, the only real thing you have to lose by signing up at Match.com is the time spent registering on the site and developing your profile. Plan to spend some time doing this; the more accurate and truthful you are when filling out your profile, the less likely you’ll be disappointing your Match.com date when your paunchy, 35 year-old, brown-haired self shows up instead of the fit, 25 year-old, blonde attorney you pretended to be online.

How do I sign up for Match.com?

It’s “free to look” on Match.com, so the first thing the site asks you to do is just fill in your gender and zip code, and what gender and age range you’re looking for. After you do that, the next screen will give you a teaser of sort, showing you just a few photos of people in your geographic area who fit the basic parameters you just picked.

At that point, the site asks for your email address, birthday, and password, and for you to guarantee that you’re 18 years old or older. The next screen asks for your user name and if it’s already taken, Match.com will very nicely offer three fun suggestions.

To create your profile, you’ll be prompted to answer expected types of questions: eye and hair color, age, body type, relationship status, whether you have kids, whether you smoke, drink, or exercise, and your ethnic background, education level, and salary. It’s like completing those email surveys you get that you fill out just because they pay you to.

After you complete your information, Match.com will ask you to complete information about your preferred match. There is a funny note that warns you not to get too picky in the physical description, or it will limit your dating options. This sounds like advice from your mom!

Lastly, you’re given the chance to write “in your own words” about yourself and what you’re looking for in your perfect match. After you upload a (real) photo of yourself, you’ll be given some immediate results, but it supposedly takes up to 24 hours for the connections to be made. In the meantime, you can browse other user’s profiles on your own.

Does Match.com cost to use?

While you can create a profile for free, Match.com does have a pricing model where there are “members” and “subscribers.” You’re likely a member as soon as you pay.

If you’re going to go through the trouble of registering on Match.com and your intention in doing that is to keep on trying to find a compatible woman, then you should fork over the dough to at least try the service for six months. At the end of half a year, you may have wasted $150, plus whatever it cost you to take the women out on dates. But you’ll likely have met some great people in the process–and perhaps even your soul mate.

To copy a phrase from the New York Lottery: You gotta be in it to win it!