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Dr Helen Fisher. She’s got the lab coat, she’s got the PhD, but does she know what’s really going on when it comes to relationships? Well, she’s been consulted on a number of issues on TV channels across the US, and certainly has a long history in anthropology. She is the resident science buff (or chief science adviser, if you prefer) for Chemistry.com, a dating site which matches you with other members based on your personalities.
When you decide to register with this site, you need to go through a questionnaire process. This takes about 10 or 15 minutes, and is simple to complete. There are questions about how you spend your free time and what you feel your best qualities are, as well as a few peculiar options such as your finger lengths. We’ve no idea why this might be relevant to your dating life, but the good doctor seems to think it is.
Once you’ve finished the questionnaire, you’ll start to receive profile matches. You can check out each match and what they have to say about themselves, as well as their photos. Profiles include a little about a person’s appearance (such as their eye colour, height, body type and ethnic background) and quite a few details regarding their interests and personality.
The personality profiling works based on a simple 3-variety model. According to the site, you’re an Explorer, a Builder or a Director. Each is meant to have a particular outlook on life and dating, with certain attributes being more or less attractive and compatible with other models. This seems a little limited, but the site doesn’t really go into much of the reasoning behind each category, or how they come to these conclusions. We must place our faith in the doctor.
Possibly one of the best features of this site is the in depth profile building. You can include lots of information about your hobbies and interests, history and future plans. This helps other members to decide whether or not they think they would get along with you. You can easily find your matches, although photos cannot be viewed until you view the full profile, so it takes a little longer to search through them all.
Free members can send winks to show they’re interested. If you’re a free member and you receive a message from a member with Free Replies, you can read and respond to their messages. Subsequently, you don’t necessarily have to pay to communicate with other members. There are also free communication days where all members can talk for free, which is a nice little extra. Alternatively we’d recommend trying the site’s 3 day trial to get a feel for what’s on offer.
Whilst we weren’t always convinced as to the relevance of some of the personality questions, we do feel that Chemistry.com offers an opportunity to meet single people without having to search through millions of profiles. Profile pages are detailed and you can upload plenty of photos to show off your best sides. Prices are a little high for short contracts but should still be affordable for most, particularly if you manage to take advantage of the free trial period and free communication days on offer.
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