How to Choose a Dating Agency
Firstly, work out what you want
Secondly, choose a dating agency
Today I’d like to talk about first step.
Daters tend to fall into one of two categories:
- Those who want to have a bit of fun, play the field and meet plenty of people.
- Those who are looking for a partner for long – lasting relationship and for whom it’s more important to find that person, than to meet a lot of people.
Which category you fall into will tend to determine your choice.
Category one people will find attractive those agencies where volume is on offer – these will tend to be internet-based solutions. Internet-based agencies usually have a low or zero sign up fee, which tends to attract large numbers of registrations. However, because it’s so easy to sign up, anyone can, so you should expect to have to do a fair degree of sifting to find people like you.
You should also bear in mind:
• Most internet-based dating agencies do not undertake any form of ID-check or validation of the details people provide, so there is always the possibility that the person you are looking at on screen and emailing backwards and forwards is not the person they say they are. 33% of internet daters actually ADMIT to lying in their profile.
• It is said that around a third of internet daters are already in a relationship and are just looking for someone better or playing the field.
• Internet dating agencies usually have more men than women registered (it doesn’t take a genius to work out why). Typically, dating sites are around 60% men but can be as high as 75% men in some cases.
Category two people are generally likely to be better off with solutions where they can be reasonably sure that people they meet are also looking for a serious relationship. These are more likely to be off-line agencies who take the time and effort to interview every client.
• Because most off-line dating agencies charge a joining fee and most will undertake an ID-check, they tend only to attract people who are serious in their dating intent.
• Many off-line agencies interview prospective clients (though not all agencies do this, so don’t take it for granted), so they tend to offer profiles that are a tad more reliable than the average internet dating profile.
• Off-line agencies (by their very nature) don’t usually publish your image or details on a public website, so they’re a safer option for those concerned about identity theft.