Sunday, April 26, 2009

What You Should and (Should Not) Show In Your Online Dating Photos

Here's an interesting article from Examiner.com. It offers up some tips on what people should and should not see in your online dating profiles. In a nutshell, unless you're wanting to attract guys who are after one thing and one thing only, it's not a good idea to feature a revealing cleavage shot in your profile picture. Likewise guys, if you're truly trying to find a new girlfriend, don't include pictures of yourself without your shirt and your pants pulled down to almost obscene levels. To read all the tips they offer up, go to this page on Examiner.com.

If you really are trying to find your soul mate online, we recommend either PerfectMatch.com, eharmony.com, SinglesOnTheNet.com or Chemistry.com. Good luck and please use some common sense when posting photos online...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Michael Phelps Is Dating Anti-Gay Marriage 2009 Miss USA Runner-Up Carrie Prejean

Well, you knew it wouldn't take long for Michael Phelps to put himself back in the spotlight. The smoke, no pun intended, is barely evaporated from his dope smoking incident, and now he's reportedly dating the beautiful and very controversial 2009 Miss USA runner-up who made anti-gay marriage comments during the recent Miss USA pageant. Here's the scoop from AceShowBiz.com:


14-times Olympic gold medal winner Michael Phelps reportedly is dating 2009 Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean. The first media which brings the news to public's notice is Radar Online, claiming in an exclusive report on its site that Carrie's grandmother Jeanette Coppolla has confirmed the twosome's love relationship.

"Carrie and Michael have been out to baseball games and lunch," Jeanette says in a statement. "He always calls her when he is in town and they go out." Jeanette goes on revealing, "Carrie knows that he has dated a lot of girls but she enjoys going out with him and isn't serious about being in a relationship with him," adding that "he's a nice guy and she likes him."

Friday, April 17, 2009

Western Men No Longer A Prize To Chinese Women

Here's something I would have never thought of. Due to the unstable economy here in the states, only about 16% of Chinese women say they're interested in an Western man. This is sharply down from the 40% who used to be looking for a Western suitor. This data comes from a recent article from the Asia Times Online called In China, White Man Loses Mojo. Here's an excerpt from the article:

According to two recent nationwide surveys by the matchmaking website hongniang.com, mainland women keen on finding a foreign partner plunged from 42% to 16% over the past year.

For that dramatic decline, you can blame the financial crisis, which has made Western society - especially its male avatars - look unstable to Chinese women considering their romantic (which tends to be intimately linked to their financial) future.

The decline of the white man's mojo had been evident in Hong Kong since the handover from British rule in 1997, with dating services reporting that it is rare these days for Chinese women in the city to seek a Western partner. While the British ruled and ensconced themselves in posh homes on Victoria Peak and other exclusive areas in Hong Kong, there was often a cachet attached to dating a Westerner, especially an Englishman.

But that era has passed, as has any sense of Chinese inferiority. Economically, Hong Kong, a city of seven million people, caught up with its Western counterparts well before the handover. Using the Atlas method of calculation, Hong Kong's per capita income as of 2007 was US$31,610, according to the World Bank.

The read the complete article, go to this page on ATimes.com.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Homosexual Harmony or Violation of Scripture?

Christian members of eharmony are very upset over eharmony's decision to create a dating site specifically for gay and lesbian singles. The site is called CompatiblePartners.net, and it's sparked a tremendous amount of controversy within the eharmony universe. Here's a little excerpt from an article in the Chicago Tribune called Homosexual Harmony or Violation of Scripture?

eHarmony, the online dating service that matches its members based on patented compatibility research, launched the Web site CompatiblePartners.net this month as part of a settlement with the New Jersey attorney general’s office. The settlement stemmed from a complaint filed by a gay New Jersey man who alleged eHarmony violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by not pairing same-sex couples.

As part of the settlement reached in November, eHarmony agreed to offer CompatiblePartners.net, market it in gay media and reel in the first 10,000 singles by registering them for free.

Paul Breton, a spokesman for eHarmony, cautions that charter members of CompatiblePartners.net are not as scientifically guaranteed to find marital bliss because same-sex matches made so far are based on the company’s research regarding heterosexual couples. The gay singles that sign up are essentially guinea pigs, he said.

“We haven’t done that level of research at this point,” he said. “It’s using the exact same matching models.”

Breton explained that eHarmony’s matching models take the qualities of happily married couples and apply those to singles. According to the company, algorithms that weigh and combine 29 different dimensions of compatibility—fundamental values, personality traits and interests—can predict the success of certain relationships. Spirituality is one of those dimensions, Breton said. But he wouldn’t reveal how high it ranks.

What are your thoughts on this?

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