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eHarmony Review

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Pros and Cons

• Membership is looking for a serious relationship.
• Proven track record of members finding love online.
• Good matching of potential partners.

• Monthly membership expensive - consider joining on a three month plan.

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eHarmony is not specifically aimed at the over 40s market, but the over 40s are well represented here. So don't let the advertising featuring people in their twenties and thirties put you off trying this excellent service.

eHarmony is very well established as the dating service to join if you are serious about finding a long term relationship or someone to marry. You shouldn't find people on this site who are looking for anything else.

For the ease of use and the serious intentions of its members, we have picked eHarmony as our top recommendation.

Full Review

eHarmony is all about serious relationships, they claim that their site is responsible for an average of 236 members getting married every day.

The eHarmony dating service uses a compatibility matching system specially designed for the UK. The matching system is based on a study of over 5000 happily married couples, and the results of this research are used to help find you a list of possible partners.

This matching system combines a set of Key Dimensions that the designers claim can help predict successful relationships. They include:

Core traits like adaptability, curiosity and intellect.
Relationship skills, such as conflict resolution.
Beliefs and values, such as spirituality and feelings about children.

Once the compatibility questionnaire has been completed you are presented with a list of possible matches.

When you see someone you like the look of, you have to sign up to a paid membership plan before you can go any further. As a paying member you get your first chance to make contact. Be warned some of the possible matches may not be full members so unfortunately you cannot communicate with them unless they decide to join the eHarmony as a paid member. This drawback isn't made clear when signing up to the service.

If you like the look of someone and you want to find out more about them you can send them five "icebreaking" questions which you select from a list. Then you exchange your must have/must not have lists. If these lists match you get the chance to communicate further. If you find the whole of this icebreaker/must have lists exchange long-winded and frustrating you can simply fast track by sending an e-mail using their internal messaging system.

This complex matching system does result in filtering out people who are not really interested in the kind of things that you are, and this can be a big advantage when you're looking for a serious relationship online.

eHarmony membership plans are as follows:

One month costs £34.95, three months £74.85, six months £89.70 and a whole year costs £143.40.

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