Out sourcing your love life is becoming more and more mainstream. A lot of people now resort to finding potential dates online or hire a matchmaker and have someone do all the groundwork in finding a partner for them.

But how is online dating any different than matchmaking? Both may seem fairly similar methods of meeting “the one”, there is actually a huge difference between the two. In online dating you do all the work and are directly involved in profiling yourself and finding a potential partner. That’s great if you have lots of time on your hands and are into a numbers game. An alternative option is to have a professional dating expert with experience and expertise in bringing two compatible people together.  Although both dating systems aim to pair people up, online dating is often less specific in matching, thereby making it less effective compared to matchmaking.

In online dating you meet people with similar interests and hobbies, but they may not necessarily be compatible in other areas of their lives.  You also have the freedom to review thousands of profiles—the volume of potential dates seems endless! In the real world, this notion is virtually impossible. Too many choices leads to fatigue and exhaustion. Sounding all too familiar? 

Compare this to matchmaking.  After being interviewed, you are paired with carefully reviewed potential dates. An experienced matchmaker will reduce the volume of potential dates,  focusing  purely on quality  and zero in on the candidates who have the highest potential, and are  genuinely looking for a partner. The matchmaking process is as scientific as it gets—making it more accurate and with better results than online dating. This  consistent screening method substantially increases the chance of a successful match.

Matchmaking, simply put helps you get in the door but it’s up to you how to stay there once you’ve made it.  It helps you meet the right person, but it’s completely up to you to make the relationship work.

This editorial prepared by Jane Carstens

As seen in the 50 Plus Living section of the  Comox Valley Record , Vancouver Island   http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com


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