I was reading the always helpful Atlanta Bargain blog about online dating services. It got me thinking that I have never met a real life matchmaker in person. I’ve watched them in reality television, marveling at their proclivity to read into single people’s behavior (SPB). It is rather interesting how they correct the bad SPB (seemingly for the cameras), allowing them to attract the right type of people. Paying someone to do some of the “hunt for compatibility” leg work almost seems like a great investment.
In some cultures, parents arrange the marriages of their children. What would be the harm in paying for a similar “arrangement” from a professional? I seriously considered signing up for a professional matchmaking service because I am very curious about my “diagnosis”. Perhaps I have overlooked something that needs to be adjusted before I am truly open to meeting a potential Mr. Right. Hey, I’m wise, but I never claimed to have it all figured out!
I asked my personal “love squad” what they thought about this and I got varying opinions. I think the general consensus was it seemed “desperate” and unrealistic. I don’t agree with that at all. Then again, I am a supporter of internet dating.
Ms. Cash raises a great point when she asks, “is it a worthwhile investment or a wasted expense” to pay money to aid in the search for love? Why do so many people feel strange about spending money on matchmaking services or paying fees for online dating? Is it different from making an investment in gym memberships or the costs associated with grooming?
What are your thoughts about professional matchmakers? What would you want to ask them?
How much or how little should we invest in dating? Does “you get what you pay for” apply here?