eHarmony – The reasons why I absolutely loathe your site.
Too many suburban matches – I honestly felt bad for these guys because many of them tried to contact me, and I didn’t see the point. I live in a city with 8 million people, I shouldn’t have to date someone in the suburbs when I have no reliable way of getting to them on a regular basis.
Too many matches that did not meet even minimum criteria – location, height, religion, political affiliation, etc. Sending me multiple “matches” that were well below my own height? Sure some guys might be fine with this but many don’t like dating women more than a couple of inches taller than them. Also I clearly said all over the questionnaire that I was agnostic and NOT RELIGIOUS! I would rather have fewer matches that actually fit my criteria rather than have hundreds of men that did not come even close to what I had indicated in my preferences. I could just get that from a non-premium free site. I also questioned the validity of a questionnaire that sent me men with CAT ALLERGIES!
Long process to delete a match – To get rid of a match is a two-step process. It doesn’t seem so bad but when a person has so many bad matches, it’s an extremely tedious process to get rid of them.
Too many matches with no photo – eHarmony is hardly cheap. If I am paying a premium for the service, I should not have to waste my time with profiles that don’t have at least one photo.
High Cost – The lock you into a three-month contract and have auto-renewal, I made sure my account did not auto-renew, but it is difficult to make sure that it doesn’t happen.
No Gays Allowed – I didn’t know that when I signed up. And had I known it, I probably wouldn’t have signed up. I am not gay but I don’t see anything wrong with being gay.
Questionable matching process – Suburban cops? REALLY? I am a creative stand-up comic, emcee and singer with a degree in Theater and Music, call me crazy but I don’t think a COP is probably my best match. I don’t think most suburban cops would think I was their best match. The amount of law enforcement matches was baffling to me.
Unethical practices – eHarmony recently sent me an email completely out of the blue claiming a member was sending me an “icebreaker”. I found this highly shady since I hadn’t been a member now for a year. I went to “unsubscribe”, but the link took me to a page to re-register my account. I could find no way to contact the company other than to sign up again for a service which I absolutely hated. So they are either using phony profiles to try to lure old members back to their site, or they are using deleted and deactivated accounts as bait for current members. I responded to their email basically saying there were committing fraud and threatened to expose them on this very blog. I decided to not wait for a response, as the whole experience really made my skin crawl.
The Incident that made me shut down my account
I went on eHarmony to answer an email from a “MATCH!” On eHarmony I get a ton of matches, but most of them live extremely far away, or are horrible. Despite their claims of superior matching abilities eHarmony doesn’t seem to pay attention to things like height, or religion as they have sent me more than one 5’2″ devout Christian. A man’s height is not a deal breaker but a deeply religious man is definitely a bad match for an agnostic, at least this agnostic. I find it all very frustrating since I spent an hour filling a long questionnaire when I signed up.
I finally had one member contact me who lived in Manhattan. I really didn’t have strong feelings for him as he was average looking and his profile didn’t say much. He lived in Manhattan though and wasn’t a cop! eHarmony loves matching me with members of suburban law enforcement. I have no idea why!
I thought, let’s try this so I started to do their whole question back and forth thing. On eHarmony unlike other sites has a very rigid way of communication. We had to go through a series of questions before setting up a date. He asked for my top favorite albums of all time, and the last five albums I listened to recently. It get why he might think that was important, but it seemed rather trivial. Asking about one’s favorite bands was something we did in college right? Like most people, I don’t buy full albums very often but I managed to cobble a list for him. He also asked me to type random things about myself and I obliged. I became aggravated because after several steps, and a lot of time and energy, I still knew next to nothing about this person.
His response, over a week later was to tell me he was allergic to cats. I wondered why eHarmony matched us in the first place since I think I had indicated strongly my cats and I were a packed deal. Things really got strange when he attacked me personally for my accordion, my ukulele and my use of punctuation. I admit maybe my punctuation wasn’t perfect, but it was online correspondence and he had asked for random things. I think I just gave him a list, and I was trying to write in these tiny boxes that eHarmony uses for its forms. I’m sure I wrote in fragmented and run-on sentences. Compared to the writing style I usually see on dating websites my prose was on par with Hawthorne or Poe. I guessed what upset him is that from the time he first emailed me until his second response, I had tried to shut down my account. I wasn’t that interested anyway and I hadn’t heard from him in over a week. He must have taken this personally or as some type of snub and thought his best defense was a good offense. I had gotten hostile reactions from men online before, but it was a little unsettling to get it on an expensive premium site, especially one that brags about it’s screening process.
So I told Mr. What are your favorite albums where he could stick it. During my three-month membership I went on zero dates and found most matches inappropriate or unpractical. I honestly couldn’t imagine dating someone in central New Jersey, Long Island or Connecticut as I would never see them.
Overall I would never recommend the site. If they’ve matched people it’s by luck and not their expensive service.
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