Online dating company eHarmony thinks it can help you fall in love and get job

Description: After watching his online dating company struggle against increased competition, Neil Warren came out of retirement with an IDEA to revive eHarmony.

Source: cnn.com.com

Date: Sept 22, 2013

Questions for discussion:

1. How much confidence do you have that companies can find you true love or the perfect job?  Explain

2.  What other types of decisions do you feel this type of software could help you make?  List and explain.

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57 thoughts on “Online dating company eHarmony thinks it can help you fall in love and get job

  1. Justin

    I don’t know if I can agree with there business model. I feel it takes some of the fun out of meeting people if they are completely the same as you. Sometimes the best part is by finding and meeting new people is being introduced to those who are completely different from you. They are the ones who can have profound effects on you, and can introduce you to things that you would have never otherwise been into. Sometimes the best and most rewarding relationships are those formed with completely different from ones self.

    I’m also kind of amused by these sites because I have a friends who parents got a divorce. They both signed up to the same online dating website only to have the site attempt to match them as a potential couple.

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  2. Shannon Storey

    I am generally skeptical about sites such as E-Harmony and Match.com but that is likely because I found love and 21 years of marriage the old fashioned way. That being said, I have a couple of good friends who have used online sites to find love and have been successful. It can be done! I feel there are many factors that go into this process that have to line up just right in order to find this success and will have to do so as well with the expansion into matching job hunters with companies that are hiring. The biggest factor for me is that there has to be 100% honesty given by both parties. E-Harmony can run as many algorithms as they want but if the information that they are receiving is not accurate, then their results cannot be accurate either.
    As far as the expansion from love to job matches I think that while an online search could be beneficial and helpful there is nothing that can replace face to face interaction. In person meetings are critical when it comes to finding the right match for a job. It is easy to portray who you want to portray online and it may take some time to be found out but not if you are sitting across the table from someone. This idea may just be crazy enough to work, but for me, I will continue to lean on the value of personal interaction and not on the matching of a third party.

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  3. Brett Hempel

    At a personal level i do not value the online dating scene. There is no doubt about it that it does have a value in society though. For Warren to mix the dating website with job finding, i think creates conflict. Separating them would be a more professional and progressive way of going about. But in defense i believe that if they have created a system of setting people up for relationships that same science could be used as well to match people with companies or vice versa. But precedent needs to be set that job finding a relationship seeking is separate. Most companies tend to frown upon workplace relationship,to me this collaboration suggests that these relationships are encouraged. I dont know how much further these websites could really go. Because other than relationships these algorithms couldn’t go any further. I’m surprised that they were innovative enough to make it relate to the job market. But if it has been proven to work with all these marriages then so be it .

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  4. Mel Durupt

    Online dating is one of the most lucrative internet businesses ever. It’s certainly a growing industry, with over 2 billion dollars in sales annually. With the average individual taking on more roles and responsibilities than every before, and every one of those individuals turning to social media and technology as their main form of communication, it’s entirely feasible that companies like eHarmony could help someone find love. The caveat is that a persons profile has to be truthful, and they have to meet someone who’s profile is the same. Often on a first date a person might not show who they really are. “You don’t meet the person, you meet their representative,” a friend of mine used to say. My mother used to tell me in every first encounter of my personal and professional life, “put your best foot forward”. If all that an online profile shows is your best angle, then I believe, like in real life, there’s a higher chance for failure. I like the idea that a person can meet your personality before your face. I think there’s genuine merit in this concept. And I like that meeting ‘the one’ isn’t limited to geographic location, I think it increases the changes that you meet a compatible match. And as for the job of your dreams, yes to this as well. A company in New York might be looking for a Marketing assistant next January. How on Earth would I ever know that if it weren’t for a third party company online? Having said that, besides love and work, I don’t know what other decisions I might use such software for. I suppose if I have a lightbulb ‘aha’ moment when considering question two as I get into bed tonight I’ll start it tomorrow and we’ll see in 10 years if I’m the next Neil Warren.

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  5. Katie

    Everyone is so used to being able to go online and google what they are looking for. When it comes to love, I think it is not something that you can find online and simply know they are the one for you. Sure you can ask all the questions and get all the right answers, but it is not until you interact and physically spend a significant amount of time with someone will you know what is possible. I feel that this is the same with the job world. You cannot truly know that one job is so similar to another until you actually experience it and put your time into getting to know how it operates. Matching jobs with people could potentially be a good idea but the success rate I do not think will become good enough to truly make it worth while. The level of differences in opinions can really become a challenge and the matching process would need to be extensive. It also promotes the lazy job search which I think needs to go back to being an active job search of being personal with your employers.

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  6. Fahad Saleem

    There is no way that a company like eharmony could find you “True Love”, BUT it would most definitely increase your chances of finding the true love when you dip into their pool of database.It’s just simple Math because it increases your number of interactions with people. Most of the people are limited to their limited geographical area or side of the town for example in bigger cities as Toronto where people have access to bars or grocery stores every corner of the street that you are only limited population and never get to interact to all of them or to screen them (short conversation) however, you can search, screen and be in contact with these people through internet. Internet is key here that makes it easier to date even all across Canada (Not practical but possible). What if one of the person on eharmony’s database is your true love. It’s your chance to take. Probability and possibility is there but there is no guarantee.

    Eharmony is a dating site and making it multi-use website is not going to help because there are other website who specialize in their respective fields for example monster.ca or workopolis specialize in job search etc. Yes eharmony can offer therapies etc something that is related to their main business, nothing out of the ordinary.

    Bottom line is: there is a possibility but no guarantee of finding true love on online dating sites.

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