A reader writes:
I'm stunned at the ignorance of those focused on algorithms as the bellwether of success for Internet dating. One has nothing to do with the other. Internet dating is great because it provides options that bars don't. I don't know if that blonde sitting with her friends at the corner bar is single. I do know that blonde on Match.com is. I tried bars and traditional dating methods for years without success. I found my wife on Match in one month.
Another goes much further back, well before the rise of the Internet:
Your post prompted me to tell you of the original "Computer Match."
I had just moved to NYC and although I met many people, I found I didn't want to continue dating after a few dates and wished I had a better way to separate the wheat from the chaff. So, on a visit to George Washington University in D.C. I picked up an application form for "Computer Match" that promised a list of 6-7 suitable people for me. The application form was very long and detailed. This was in 1966, so the data was put on punch cards! Eventually I got my list of suitable men in my area who had also filled out an application. After three of them got crossed off my list, the fourth was a match and we celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary this year.
By the way, my husband hadn't intended to get married. He just wanted an easy way to get a date.
(Disclosure: The Dish and Match.com are both part of IAC.)