Matchmaking can be defined as the process of bringing two people together for the purpose of marriage. The process involves an intermediary or facilitator who acts as the matchmaker.
With more and more people content at letting the Internet play cupid, online matchmaking services keep popping up left, right and center. But can they really help you find the person of your dreams?
And what's the difference between matchmaking and dating? Well, dating does not require marriage as the only end goal. Marriage is the end goal and purpose of matchmaking.
Often a person may be eager to start a family, without having to go through the hassles of dating and courtship, and the commensurate expenditure of precious time. For such a person, a matchmaking service may just be the answer.
Among many other types of matchmaking services available include:
1. Independent matchmakers or “experts"
2. Social networking services
3. Radio station datelines
4. TV matchmaking and dating services
5. Print personal ads and singles publications
6. Speed dating and singles events
7. Online matchmaking services
Of all the above and other methods out there, online matchmaking services may be the best way to go. Why?
Because of internet access, immediacy and anonymity, twenty four hours a day, as well as tools for interactive communication such as Instant Messaging and video chat, not to mention the huge number of available singles.
Plus, online matchmaking services offer the best value in cost. Usually the fee is charged monthly and cancellation is easy. Compare that with per-word newspaper/magazine ads.
How do matchmaking sites work? A true matchmaking site will require you to input lots of details about yourself as well as the type of person you are looking for. This in order to find your most suitable prospect(s), beyond mere physical attributes.
How do you find the right matchmaking service? Being a billion dollar industry that it is today, you can bet on scam and fly-by-night companies to be galore. Well, the answer is TTT (Tried, Tested and True). Always go with a reputable site that also offers a free trial.
Don't be tempted to go with a completely “free" site. Free usually means pay in other ways (like the site selling your information or bombarding you with advertisements).
Can you really meet quality, committed singles online? Many happy couples who have met online say their paths simply would not have crossed had they not met online. And, most are interesting, honest people who are successful in their careers. That they are paying the subscription fee demonstrates their commitment.
Though no guarantees are offered, online matchmaking services can be the fastest, most convenient way to get you connected with your soul mate.
David Kamau is webmaster of http://e-datecentral.com , which reviews dating and matchmaking services. Find reputable online matchmaking sites at http://e-datecentral.com/personals/matchmaking.htm