WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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from, including Match.com (which seems to be the local favorite), eHarmony, PlentyofFish.com, and OkCupid; as well as religious sites, such as Christian Mingle and JDate.com. In addition, there are literally hundreds of other online dating sites out there, including more risqué sites such as Adultfriendfinder.com and Passion.com. So, how do you decide which one to use? Sarah, who is 46 and was married for 20 years before divorcing two years ago, tried Match.com, eHarmony, and OkCupid after her co-workers encouraged her to give online dating a shot. She says Match.com gives people access to an extensive choice of potential dates with similar interests and ages for a relatively low price. eHarmony is significantly more expensive and asks the subscriber to answer about 400 questions, some as obscure as "Do you push the shopping cart back after you get your groceries?" It also sends you matches instead of letting you search its database, like Match.com does. OkCupid, which is free, attracts "bottom feeders," Sarah says. She notes that she has been very pleased with her online experience. She met one man, with whom she had a meaningful rela- tionship, on eHarmony and has been seeing another for the past five months whom she met on Match.com. She says she has been on about 40 dates that resulted from online connections. Sarah was reluctant to be interviewed because, she says, there is still a real stigma in Wellesley to being divorced. She says in her experience there are a lot of "Bill and Hill" couples in this town, referring to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Sarah notes that many of her co-workers who are in their 20s use online sites, but says it's also good for people in midlife. In fact, accord- 90 Matchmaker, Matchmaker W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 20 percent of current committed relationships began online M E D I A B A K E R Y 088-096_WWMb14_online dating_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 4/24/14 3:30 PM Page 90

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