Skip to comments.eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
Posted on 04/05/2007 9:09:13 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
PASADENA — Four years ago, match site eHarmony quietly launched a new initiative, eHarmony4Kids, to help parents find mates for their children. The new program, whose tagline is "Play Dates, Life Mates. eHarmony for Kids," has worked so well that the company is rolling it out nationally this year.
"People want to steer their kids toward compatible potential life partners at an early age," says an eHarmony spokesman. "Core beliefs are in place at a young age so we can help them do that."
Parents in Nashville, Seattle, Sacramento and Boston were secretly invited to participate in the field testing. They had their kids, ages 5 to 17, take the online personality test. Then eHarmony matched them up with other kids they deemed compatible.
The parents did not tell the kids what was happening but encouraged email friendships, play dates and online chatting.
"We told her it was like having a pen pal," says one mother whose daughter was 8 when she joined the test program.
eHarmony also encouraged parents to form "affinity clusters" of half a dozen or more kids, any two of which were likely to pair up and marry, according to eHarmony's test results.
"Working in clusters allows your child to have some modicum of choice, instead of just ramming them at one other person and hoping for the best," says the spokesman.
One set of parents colluded to have the kids in their affinity cluster attend the same college. One of them, Kate Dockery, 19, enrolled at Azusa Pacific University where she and several classmates later found out they'd been "eHarmony-ed" by their parents.
"I felt ripped off," Dockery says. "They'd been parading suitors before me for four years."
She does admit that the people in her cluster "are all very good friends. It's kind of eerie how well we get along," but she says she would have rather found that out on her own than through eHarmony.
"I don't mind the whole semi-arranged marriage thing, as long as I'm an active participant," she says.
eHarmony does not expect the program to be controversial.
"We're just refining what parents do already," says the spokesman. •
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A paedophile’s dream site......
But am I the only one that wants to reach through the television and throttle that man 'til his eyes bug out?
“Play dates. Life Mates”
That is just bizarre. Doctor Neil Clark Warren is really reaching to line his pockets with this idea. Apparently, from the article, there are plenty of pigeons out there.
Doh! (Whacking myself in the forehead).
It would be great in Muslim contries, no?
Please explain why this is “sick” to you.
Lark News is a site featuring satire, hence the word “Lark.”
Please tell me this is satire.
Well, if this was not humor, which it is, the very idea is sickening. I don’t think too much needs explaining.
Oh Thank God! I thought it was for real!..........
Relax. It’s satire. Dr Warren isn’t really doing any such thing.
LOL! Kudos to Lark. The graphics are very convincing.
Again, please explain why you find this sickening. It isn’t sickening to me or alot of people, so apparently it does need explaining to me.
There are websites out there already. I know because the Indian workers in my office leave printouts of "horoscope-compatible partners" on the printer.
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