Skip to comments.‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
Posted on 12/27/2013 6:15:14 AM PST by Gamecock
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 eHarmonys 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 theyd been eHarmony-ed by their parents.
I felt ripped off, Dockery says. Theyd been parading suitors before me for four years.
She does admit that the people in her cluster are all very good friends. Its 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 dont mind the whole semi-arranged marriage thing, as long as Im an active participant, she says.
eHarmony does not expect the program to be controversial.
Were just refining what parents do already, says the spokesman.
That poor kid is getting an unhealthy dose of girl-germs!
I met my wife om eHarmony almost 9 years ago, and I find this a little creepy...
I’ve heard eHarmony is very selective in who they choose to accept as a client. Divorce, ordinary vices, etc. are grounds for refusal. Wondering if that’s true.
Frankly, I think the idea of marrying a person a lot like you is lazy and limiting. Opposites attract. If I marry a person like myself, what are they bringing to the party? I might as well stay single.
Well, to the converse, there is no way in Cowboy Hell I would marry a woman who is a fricking rabid liberal. I don’t care how good she looks or is in bed.
I didn't suggest one should marry outside the species! Just outside your comfort zone...
There used to be a time when I played with my neighbor’s kids anytime both of us feel like it.
Now we have “Play Dates”, What the heck!! Playing is by appointment now !!
What have we become?
I find it a whole lot creepy...
Why would a 8 year old need to find a "life mate" or even a "play date" on the internet ?
What type of weird parent would subject their child to this "experiment"
This whole thing makes my opinion of this company seriously downgraded...
Great idea at first...but this is way over the line...
It's not that "but "opposites attract", "complimentary personalities attract". Somebody who likes to talk needs somebody who is content to listen. Somebody who is freaked out by spiders needs somebody who doesn't mind crushing spiders. Somebody who likes to cook needs somebody who appreciates good cooking.
Well, touche’ Funny....
Hey...stop picking on the homo's .../ S
Strange. Neil Clark Warren never struck me as a pot smoker.
I catch them inside a cup or paper towel and throw them outside. He loves to squish them and get icky bug juice all over the floors and walls. Does this mean we are incompatible?
I generally catch them in a paper towel and either toss them out (if convenient) or crush them(if not). But I generally tell the females "they're good protein..." before getting around to it.