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Reader Review of eHarmony - 11
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Reader Review Submitted By: Layne Richards
Gender: Male
Age: 32

Dating Site: eHarmony.com
Rating: 3 (out of 10)

Review
After completing the long survey and filling out my profile, it took over a week before any "matches" were sent my way. I could read their bio, but not see any photos [big annoyance]. Who wants to pay $50 just to see what sort of people are your supposed "matches?" I then start getting requests for communication, but none of the bio's were worth the price of admission. Finally one was, so I used the "3mos for the price of 1" promotion and signed up.

The whole communication process was tedious. It took over a week before I ever reached open communication and finally got to see a pic of the person I'd been interested in [on paper]. Big disappointment. Her bio said exercising regularly and staying fit where important, but she was easily 30-40lbs overweight, quite a bit for a 5'1" frame.

This was, unfortunately, par for the course at eHarmony.com. During the 3 monthsI was on eHarmony.com, there were only ever 3 matches out of 50+ that I found attractive enough to actually meet with. None went beyond a first date. Unless physical attraction is of lesser importance to you, eHarmony.com will probably not be your cup of tea. Over the same period, I met 10+ people off Match.com, and of those wound up with a couple of good friends and two long term relationships.

eHarmony's BIG problems:

#1: Blind dates. You can't view photos until you've paid up, and even then most people [~80%] hide their photos till you've gone through the first few communication steps. If someone's hiding their pic, there's usually a good reason.

#2: When looking at someone's profile, you have no way of knowing whether they're a member or not. If they're not, they can't see your pic should you try to initiate communications, much less write you back. You could waist your time trying to communication with 20 different people and never know they're not a member.

#3: No body. eHarmony.com goes on the faulty "love is blind" premise. Nowhere in the myriad of questions you answer or preferences you can select is there any mention of fitness level, weight, or body type [eg fit/ average/ overweight]. You can only see someone's height, big deal, knowing someone is 5'7" doesn't tell you if they're slim and svelte or morbidly obese. Under your "can't stands" you can list overweight, but it's worded in such a way as to sound crass, and doesn't effect the matches you receive.

#4: Lockout. Once your membership expires you can't communicate with established matches. You're also locked out of your "mailbox" and unable to read/ review any previous correspondence. If someone had provided contact info and you didn't copy it elsewhere, you're SOL.

#5: One shot deal. If you wait a while to become a member, you will probably have several potential matches end communications because you didn't answer them in a timely manner. Once someone "closes" the match, there is no way to see their profile or contact them.

#6: Limited matches. I'm sure results will vary, but I received on average only 2-3 matches per week.

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