Online dating does not guarantee marriage for everyone.
Duh. In fact, far less people marry than don’t. Again, duh. If you’ve been single long enough, though, it’s easy to become cynical and jaded about marriage and about dating in general. It’s good to be reminded occasionally that online dating does work for some people. And for those who are risk-averse, it’s good to be reminded that there’s no harm in giving it a try.
The following are interviews with people we know personally—people who met online and got married. The cool thing about these interviews is each of the couples share stories of approaches that worked (as well as things that didn’t), how they overcame their own cynicism, and what they liked best about the site they were successful with.
Even if today is not the day you sign up for online dating, it’s good info to read and file away in case there’s another Friday night that you decide you’re ready to give it a try (or try it again):
We Don’t Shout It from the Rooftops, but We Met Online and Got Married :: “I was off and on (mostly off) eharmony for about 5 years. It was late one evening and I saw the commercial for a free personality, compatibility test. I was bored and decided to see what kind of woman that eharmony would say is my match.”
Online Dating Doesn’t Work? Well, We Met Online and Got Married :: “If there is a word for “vehemently opposed to the idea of ever pursuing a relationship online,” then that was me. But I lived in a super small town, worked a lot, had chronic health problems, and am very introverted. My close friends – and even my parents – helped to convince me that attempting something online was only logical. So I did, with great skepticism and my plans to write a book about the excruciatingly painful experience it was definitely going to be.”
We Met Online, Dated Long Distance, and Got Married :: “It wasn’t until I moved, started a new teaching job, and became happy with who I was that I thought about it. I visited my brother in California one Christmas and met his girlfriend. They were perfect for each other. I learned that they were matches on eharmony. I went home and a month later signed up.”
We Met on eharmony and Got Married 6 Months Later :: “On January 16th we met in person, and on March 13th we got engaged. In April, we got married. We had planned to get married in the fall but moved up our wedding to April. We were tired of being apart due to long distance.”
We Met on Match.com and Got Married :: “Three of the four guys I went on a date with were strong believers. One I am still friends with, and I pray for him to find the perfect match. Another helped me see the importance of refinancing my mortgage for a better rate (not with him or his company, he was just a thoughtful man with a great understanding of finance) and another helped me learn another skill I want to find in a man. The men I met were great, helpful and kind, and one made me fall head over heels in love, so I am truly pleased with this experience.”
We Met on Christian Mingle and Are Getting Married :: “If I met someone out dancing or something, I would probably spend the same amount in drinks. And this way, I’m able to be much more specific in what or who I’m looking for. It’s very much worth it, if you’re willing to take the time and really try. If you do, quality people, like Arica, are out there, which is worth way more than what you pay for the site fees. You can’t put a price tag on what she means to me.”
We Met on eharmony and Got Married :: “When people ask, we tell the real story of how we met. It doesn’t bother me how we met at all. What is ironic to me is how we became the ‘ultimate success story’ for online dating because it finally worked, when we both had good and bad experiences trying it.”
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