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eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
Lark News ^ | April 2007

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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1 posted on 04/05/2007 9:09:14 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Sick.


2 posted on 04/05/2007 9:10:48 AM PDT by Shyla
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To: Xenalyte; Gamecock; AxelPaulsenJr; Calm_Cool_and_Elected; ksen; Zechariah_8_13; Thinkin' Gal; ...

PTL ping list Ping!


3 posted on 04/05/2007 9:10:56 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

A paedophile’s dream site......


4 posted on 04/05/2007 9:11:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: Alex Murphy; Shyla

Humor alert!


5 posted on 04/05/2007 9:11:29 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Anything is possible when you don't understand how anything happens.)
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To: Alex Murphy
All right, I know it's Lark News, and I know what that means.

But am I the only one that wants to reach through the television and throttle that man 'til his eyes bug out?

6 posted on 04/05/2007 9:13:37 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Alex Murphy

“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.


7 posted on 04/05/2007 9:13:52 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Xenalyte

Doh! (Whacking myself in the forehead).


8 posted on 04/05/2007 9:13:57 AM PDT by Shyla
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To: Alex Murphy

It would be great in Muslim contries, no?


9 posted on 04/05/2007 9:14:11 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: Shyla

Please explain why this is “sick” to you.


10 posted on 04/05/2007 9:14:17 AM PDT by BagCamAddict
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To: Red Badger

Lark News is a site featuring satire, hence the word “Lark.”


11 posted on 04/05/2007 9:15:25 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: Alex Murphy

Please tell me this is satire.


12 posted on 04/05/2007 9:16:06 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (A day in the country is better than a week in town.)
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To: BagCamAddict

Well, if this was not humor, which it is, the very idea is sickening. I don’t think too much needs explaining.


13 posted on 04/05/2007 9:16:54 AM PDT by Shyla
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To: This Just In

Oh Thank God! I thought it was for real!..........


14 posted on 04/05/2007 9:18:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Relax. It’s satire. Dr Warren isn’t really doing any such thing.


15 posted on 04/05/2007 9:19:57 AM PDT by JamesP81 (Eph 6:12)
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To: Shyla
Absolutely. It's sickening.
16 posted on 04/05/2007 9:20:12 AM PDT by Vision ("Delight yourself with the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm37:4)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
Please tell me this is satire.

It is. Lark News is a humorous satirical website.
17 posted on 04/05/2007 9:20:35 AM PDT by JamesP81 (Eph 6:12)
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To: Alex Murphy

LOL! Kudos to Lark. The graphics are very convincing.


18 posted on 04/05/2007 9:20:58 AM PDT by upchuck (A living, breathing example of the Peter Principle. Oh, forgetful, too :)
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To: Shyla

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.


19 posted on 04/05/2007 9:22:52 AM PDT by BagCamAddict
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
It would be great in Muslim contries, no?

There are websites out there already. I know because the Indian workers in my office leave printouts of "horoscope-compatible partners" on the printer.

20 posted on 04/05/2007 9:24:47 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Red Badger

I can imagine your relief. I’m sure, FReepers initial reaction when reading the headline was on of shock and disgust, as was my reaction until I read the source.

We used to subscribe to LarkNews, until I found some of the satire to be a little too obsurd.

Frankly, LarkNews — in and of itself — is a reflection of the liberal media today. I find LarkNews to be more interesting and informative then the pop media outlits.


21 posted on 04/05/2007 9:25:56 AM PDT by This Just In
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To: JamesP81

Aaaaah...Lark News.

(Thanks. Usually I’m more preceptive than that. I swear.)


22 posted on 04/05/2007 9:27:55 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Alex Murphy

Yah know...it says something about how creepy we find Dr. Warren that so many of us immediately believed this article...


23 posted on 04/05/2007 9:28:12 AM PDT by RosieCotton
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To: This Just In

I’d never heard of it before today........Will have to make mental note to put it in with Scrappleface and The Onion..........


24 posted on 04/05/2007 9:29:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (If it's consensus, it's not science. If it's science, there's no need for consensus......)
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To: ArrogantBustard

the site seems like a dumping ground for old schrews.


25 posted on 04/05/2007 9:31:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Alex Murphy

26 posted on 04/05/2007 9:33:32 AM PDT by monkapotamus
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

That one got me!

Very nice work on the part of Lark News.

In this context, my review of eHarmony might be of interest to many of you:

http://www0.epinions.com/content_192455347844

D


27 posted on 04/05/2007 9:35:04 AM PDT by daviddennis (If you like my stuff, please visit amazing.com, my new social networking site!)
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To: Alex Murphy
That's funny!!!!

I can't imagine going to some web site to get matched up with someone. If you want love and affection, get a dog. If you need sex, a hooker costs less than eHarmony does.

28 posted on 04/05/2007 9:39:50 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (Hey mister, can you spare a carbon credit?)
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To: Alex Murphy

This is just weird. The guy that runs that site seems to be a pretty conservative, Christian guy. Very odd concept.

Granted, play dates are a good thing for kids, but the “life partners” part for a 6 year old is disturbing, where are we, Pakistan?


29 posted on 04/05/2007 9:41:33 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: RockinRight; Alex Murphy

WHOOPS! It’s Lark!!!

Leaving quickly now...


30 posted on 04/05/2007 9:42:00 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: isthisnickcool

I met my fiance, right here on FR.


31 posted on 04/05/2007 9:43:01 AM PDT by RockinRight (Support FREDeralism. Fred Thompson in 2008!)
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To: Alex Murphy
We just moved out to a more rural area and are having trouble finding kids for our son (who just turned 3) to play with. Sometimes we drive into town so he can play with his old friends or invite them to our house. It sounds like this eHarmony thing is not intended for our problem though.

There actually are kids living in our area, but they seem to stay indoors. We also have some Russian neighbors who have some sort of weird religious or ethnic reason for not wanting their son (who only speaks Russian) to come out and play. He stares out the window when our son is playing outside.

32 posted on 04/05/2007 9:44:30 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: Alex Murphy

Somebody explain to me what kind of “personality” a 5 y/o exhibits, and how much of those benchmarks are present when this person is 25 y/o...

Please use reeeeeeally small words, as I am just a dummy who went to a one-room school.

This is beyond sick. Is there nothing that some folks won’t do for money?????


33 posted on 04/05/2007 9:46:49 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Alex Murphy

You truly cannot tell whether something is real or satire these days.


34 posted on 04/05/2007 9:47:04 AM PDT by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: ridesthemiles

I never use caps but this is for everybody’s benefit.

READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR
READ THE REPLIES TO THE THREAD. HINT: HUMOUR


35 posted on 04/05/2007 10:00:56 AM PDT by raj bhatia
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To: Alex Murphy

Is it bad that me, a first time mom, thought that this wasn’t a bad idea? I’m just protective of my boy!! (yes, I get it’s a joke!)


36 posted on 04/05/2007 10:02:35 AM PDT by arizonarachel (Lord, thank you for this miracle!)
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To: the_devils_advocate_666

“It would be great in Muslim contries, no?”

We should get a reading from the Imam on this. But wait a minute. Are young, unmarried females even be allowed to keyboard with members of the opposite sex? Or would it be OK if a male relative were in the same room at the time? This Sharia stuff is really hard sometimes...


37 posted on 04/05/2007 10:23:45 AM PDT by Clioman
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To: RockinRight; isthisnickcool
I met my fiance, right here on FR.

I met my wife here on FR.
38 posted on 04/05/2007 10:25:49 AM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: ArrogantBustard

>> But am I the only one that wants to reach through the television and throttle that man ‘til his eyes bug out?<<

I’m glad to find out I’M not the only one.

The man makes my flesh crawl.


39 posted on 04/05/2007 11:01:04 AM PDT by SerpentDove (If you believe Al Gore, I've got some carbon credits I'll sell you.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Anybody who responds seriously to this thread, especially with angry references to pedophilia, ought to have their posting privileges suspended for a month. ;)


40 posted on 04/05/2007 11:04:21 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Wise men don't need to debate; men who need to debate are not wise." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Alex Murphy

WTF??


41 posted on 04/05/2007 11:05:08 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Killing all of your enemies without mercy is the only sure way of sleeping soundly at night.)
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To: TalonDJ
I met my wife here on FR.

I know of at least one FReeper who met someone else's wife here on FR.

42 posted on 04/05/2007 11:07:32 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: BagCamAddict

You stated that you do not find it sickening. If you don’t, then why should it it matter how I feel?


43 posted on 04/05/2007 12:12:01 PM PDT by Shyla
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To: Alex Murphy


WHAT THE HELL....

44 posted on 04/06/2007 12:12:34 PM PDT by HOTTIEBOY (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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To: BagCamAddict

How about just plain friggin stupid.....


45 posted on 04/06/2007 12:16:02 PM PDT by HOTTIEBOY (The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.)
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