For quite a while now, sites such as eharmony and chemistry.com have advertised the notion that they can find your true love using scientific algorithms. While it's probably beyond the scope of this site to examine the actual science and validity behind such algorithms, it's not out of the question to explore whether such systems can actually work. After all, if you can leave it up to a computer to find an ideal partner for you, wouldn't that be a lot easier than doing all the work yourself?
It's definitely an appealing idea, and perhaps that is why sites like eharmony have become so popular. And with science and technology making great strides in recent years, such matching systems are bound to only get better. Already, we are beginning to understand more about human relationships simply by looking at all the data gathered by dating sites like Okcupid and eharmony. I for one would definitely support dating sites openly sharing all of their findings for the benefit of humankind.
In this article, let's take a specific look at eharmony. If you spend any time analyzing the site, it should be obvious that the site has one clear goal, which is to find the love of your life (presumably leading to marriage). It would follow then, that the number of marriages that eharmony is responsible would be a good measure of how successful it is.
According to the latest claims by eharmony, the site has led to over a million marriages, which by itself is quite a stunning number of marriages. But when you think of the fact that over 16 million people have tried eharmony, that means under 10% of them actually succeeded in getting married because of the site.
But I've found that the 16 million members is somewhat misleading, because the number of current members is always much. much, lower. Although it's hard to get precise numbers, I've heard that eharmony has less than 1 million active subscribers. So the actual number of people who subscribe to eharmony (which is more meaningful than the total number of members, which can include a ton of free members or people who simply joined using a free trial membership of eharmony), then the success ratio starts looking much better.\
If you actually compare eharmony to dating sites, it looks ever more favorable, since eharmony, while not being the largest dating site on the Web, has generated more marriages than anyone else. I guess it ultimately comes down to what you're after. If a long-term relationship is what feels right for you at this juncture in your life, then eharmony seems to be the winning choice as far as dating sites go.