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Match.com is a well-known singles site that opened in 1995, and today is considered a pioneer in making online dating into the mainstream. Match has grown to be one of the largest and most successful online dating sites for singles and now boasts more than 15 million members with active profiles posted and about one million paying subscribers from more than 246 countries around the world.

Recent research studies on online dating have examined just how effective the online dating website algorithms actually are appear to suggest that romantic relationships started online really don’t reach fruition until two people actually meet face-to-face in person. Realizing this fact, Match has recently announced it will soon take online dating offline as it employs its ‘matching’ software to create a series of 3,000 real-life singles nights events in 40 countries around the world to help more singles get to know each other face-to-face. So far, relationship experts are applauding the decision by Match because they know getting people in a room together is what can push a beginning romantic relationship to the next level, and that Internet dating really doesn’t work very well unless the people can actually meet with each other.

Although online dating has been often touted as the new way everyone would find love in the future, even Match’s President, Mandy Ginsberg admitted that “Online dating has been an effective way to meet, but it’s not always the best way to get to know someone.” Now the website will try to use its computer algorithms to carefully select couples that it hopes will match well in person, and will sort them by age and interests as well. Much like an offline version of the algorithm the site currently uses to suggest dates, the new offline meetings which Match calls “The Stir,” will include many different events to get couples together. Match anticipates that half a million people per year will attend the new events which will include bowling nights, cooking classes, tequila tastings, dance lessons, rock climbing and many other interesting variations on the meet-in-person theme. Match says the events will better address the fundamental pitfalls of a typical night out for single people that can often result in meeting people you don’t really like.

It will take some time to see just how well-received Match’s new “stir” events are, but how you meet someone is usually less important than meeting the right person, and knowing that they might meet someone in person might make single daters feel more inclined to be more open. Overall, the move by Match seems to underscore the fact that there is no substitute for communication in person, and the success or failure of a new relationship depends mainly on the degree of compatibility experienced in that all-important first fact-to-face meeting.

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Most people are aware that online dating has become an American success story within the last decade. Although the combined membership of internet-based dating services now exceeds well over 50 million users, online dating has taken some time to ramp up to the point where it has overcome its initial stigma as a less-than-desirable way to meet available singles for romance and more. [ Read the Full Review → ]

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The fling. The hookup. The complete fulfillment of the id; the thing we all want, but all the gloomy grumpy people tell us we’re not supposed to want. These same people should have to answer why suffering in a miserable boring relationship is somehow any better. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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Looking to leave a lasting impression on your date, but not ready to invest in that private helicopter tour? Try these alternatives that will show you’re in a romantic mood without a huge tab at the end of the night. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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They say when you meet someone to avoid politics and religion, because they can be so divisive. But Religion can truly be the ultimate ice breaker, saving you the trouble of looking for things that you have in common on a date: the most important thing is sharing a belief system. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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New Year’s resolutions are generally goals that people set and commit themselves to accomplish in the coming year ahead. The resolution can be a personal goal, project, or maybe the cessation of a bad habit. While some research has suggested that only 10 or 12 percent of people declaring [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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The rumors are true. I have a boyfriend! He is charming, cute and quite the rock star between the sheets. I can’t believe I got this lucky, but I’m here to tell you that you can get a hunk like mine; as long as you follow my advice. For starters, let me tell you how we met. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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Every day, more and more people are using the Internet to reach out and find that special someone. Many fantastic online dating sites such as Match.com and SinglesNet.com make it easy for their users to “go fishing” for that perfect match. However, dating and flirting online comes with some unique challenges. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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Now that you’ve finally scored a date with that girl you’ve been chatting with for many weeks, you now stressed about making a great in-person impression. One of the biggest complaints from women is that men don’t take care of their grooming. Let’s take a look at 5 easy ways to clean yourself up for your date. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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The world is changing. This is why so many people are turning to such websites as DateAMillionaire.com and MillionaireMatch.com. Here, people can really find people of substance to date. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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They say that honesty is the best policy. Think long and hard about this statement and you may come to the realization that not only is this policy good for others, but it can be good for you as well. In the world of dating in general, people are often not upfront about what they really want. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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The online dating world can seem scary at first, and convincing a friend down on their romantic luck to enter the dating world can be a struggle. Online dating offers plenty of excitement and the opportunity to broaden your matchmaking horizons, though getting started is often difficult without support. [ Read Full Blog Post → ]

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