I’d seen the commercials and heard the radio ads and like everyone else, I was curious about Chemistry.com. The site claims to move you “beyond personal ads” and into the scientific world of on line dating – lofty goals, Chemistry. Their “patented” personality test (why are they all patented? How do you patent a personality test?) is endorsed by Dr. Helen Fisher and claims to take their matchmaking to a whole new level. I was excited to get my feet wet on the Chemistry dating site, and thus began my Chemistry.com review.
The sign up page was simple enough – no credit card needed to get past this point, and as I had expected, Chemistry was really hyping this personality test business. Again, “woman seeking man” was the default, which the psychology major in me finds fascinating. The page was predominately red and featured a large picture of a pretty, presumably single woman, inviting me to join and start dating.
I knew I was in for a long and tedious profile process, but if the results were good, I also knew it would totally be worth it. Like with most of the popular online dating sites aimed at “scientific” matchmaking, Chemistry.com warned me right up front that it was quite the undertaking.
I must say that the first question caught me off guard as it asked me to compare my hand shape to some drawings on the screen. Are we gonna make Thanksgiving hand turkeys, Chemistry.com? The next few pages of questions were different from other online dating websites I’d seen, asking me about my family, my friend group, and even my sock drawer. One thing I appreciate about all the dating websites that use personality profiles is that they often have thermometer-type measures available to track progress, making the whole thing seem less interminable.
By the by, the Chemistry.com profile was the most fun to take as it included cool graphics and photos and even some games, but man was it long. Like, 45 minutes long. Brad Pitt better be on the other side of my matches.
After the Login:
Before I was allowed to really dive into my single matches, I was offered the opportunity to become a subscriber on Chemistry.com. Digging later determined that you can’t really do much on Chemistry, including emailing or messaging without subscribing. The rate is around $25 per month for six months which is pretty standard as far as online dating websites go. For the moment I skipped this step and went straight to the personal ads (as Chemistry hates to call them) which were really a series of snippets, no photos, about the local singles in my area. Interesting choice by the Chemistry dating site not to include photos but it certainly lent some authority to the idea that they’re trying to find my love, darnit. I was shown ten matches initially and told that if I ranked the profiles I’d come back tomorrow to find more. Again, a clever way to get me to really utilize the dating services Chemistry has to offer rather than just spend all afternoon looking at singles and then never returning. The men I was matched with were actually pretty spot on – certainly better than the finds on most of the free dating sites I’ve visited. There’s definitely something to be said for the matchmaking services that come from filling out a tedious personality profile, that’s for sure, and Chemistry.com (more or less) hit the nail on the head.
There were lots of fun features to mess with on the Chemistry dating site, and the first place I went was to check out my own profile. Apparently I’m a “negotiator” which sounds less like people would want to date me and more like they’d want to buy a house from me but hey… The cool thing about how Chemistry.com works is that once they pick a single match for me, they compare us on every level and show me exactly what common interests we have and how our personalities would complement each other. As a dating service, Chemistry really knows its stuff – my matches shared many common interests (Camping! Cooking!) and their personality profiles really did seem to match up with the guys I’ve been guilty of dating in the past.
There were all kinds of tabs for me to view singles who were interested in me, my “matches” and alter my own search criteria, so the possibilities were pretty endless. I could easily segregate guys into different buckets including my “not reallys,” a “decide later” tab, or even an “interested in” column. The more I played around with things, the more information Chemistry.com acquired on what kind of man I was looking for. It’s a simple strategy, but it all added up to one of the best dating sites I’ve seen so far.
I am happy to report that my Chemistry.com review lived up to all the hype. I was expecting to be disappointed at the offerings or the matchmaking services offered at Chemistry, but honestly, it was just the opposite. The guys I was shown were the type I’d actually try dating, online or not, and those Chemistry offered were the best dating services I’ve seen yet. I liked how easy the site was to navigate but also how painless the (dreadfully long) personality profile felt, which was compounded even more when I saw how successful my efforts had been. For my money, I’m pretty sure I’ll go with Chemistry.com – truly a great mix of dating agency skills and twenty-first century fun. The Chemistry dating site is really all anyone can hope for Up With the Kardashians …Join