Hookup potential: 4/5 Features: 4/5 Design: 4/5 Content: 5/5
- Aims to put the science in dating
- Acts as a mediator to help find the best date for you
- Pretty orderly and methodological way of dating or meeting someone
The Full Story:
No, Chemistry.com is not a site to get lessons in the science of chemistry. But if you’re looking for using a bit of science in finding the right date with the right chemistry, then that’s what Chemistry.com is about.
The idea is, Chemistry.com will get your profile and dating preferences, checks its registry for members with matching profiles, then forwards those members’ info to you. You now then have to choose whether you’re interested in those members and start interacting with them.
The concept is pretty simple. The site is a mediator, or you can say a matchmaker. The site gets the best match for you based on the preference you stated in your profile. You start your profile by answering some questions, created by love doctor Dr. Helen Fisher. The matching profiles will then be made to meet by Chemistry.com and go on from there.
What’s interesting about it is that the search process for a potential date is streamlined. You don’t need to look through the members’ list manually because the site will do the matching and sorting out for you. You just wait for the matching profiles to be sent to you and make your selection from the list you’ll be provided.
But here’s one thing to note: there would be no interaction with other members until the site sends you some matching profiles. The issue is not whether you will receive matching profiles, for surely, you will. The issue is you won’t have a chance for direct interaction with the members like with other dating sites. In a way, the site acts like a wall between you and other members of the site.
For some people, that is one of the things that you’re looking for in a dating site—that free-flowing interaction. You would like to look at different profiles yourself and make your decision from what you see and read. You would want to chat or video chat the person you’re interested with directly for some real-time action. But that doesn’t happen in Chemistry.com. In other words, the thrill of the hunt is lessened to a degree. This is one thing you would miss when you go with Chemistry.com.
But on the upside, Chemistry.com can become a good venue if you’re looking for a serious relationship. Since everything is based on profile matches derived from personality and preferences, the chances of you and your match clicking would be quite good. Also, the whole process is done step-by-step, meaning you do take time to get to know each other before actually meeting (yes, the point is to let you meet your date in real life). So for the marrying types, Chemistry.com can surely lend you a hand.
But if you’re the one who’s looking for a quick wham-bam fling, then Chemistry.com might not be the one for you. As mentioned, you don’t have direct or unrestricted access to the members. No chat, no video conference, and no personal message, that is, until you get a match. Another is the step-by-step process can be lengthy and would entail a lot of waiting. It would be quicker to go to the local bar and nightclub to get that one night amour. And lastly, I don’t think Chemistry.com is designed for that purpose. From my impression of the site, it’s made to help people with matching personalities establish serious and deep relationships.
Though Chemistry.com puts a lot of “science” in the dating scene, is it fool-proof? Of course not. If you think their “science” is indubitable, then you’re the fool. The site just increases your potential for meeting compatible dates, that’s all.
Another thing to note is that you may have stuck to the whole process and ended up with nothing. Well, that’s dating for you. It’s not really the fault of the site, but then it could be frustrating to go through the whole thing and all you got from it is a “Thank you, it was nice knowing you.”
Here’s what I think about Chemistry.com: if you want to get a serious relationship, then the site can help you out. But if you’re just fooling around, the site can help, but other sites can do it faster and better.