Chemistry.com is an online dating site
specializing in compatibility matching based on a personality test
developed by biological anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher.
Incorporating 30 years of research on the science of interpersonal
attraction, Dr. Fisher was able to develop a system that's
impressively accurate at predicting which singles are most likely
to have Chemistry. A sister company of Match.com, Chemistry
incorporates a lot of the user-friendly features found on
Match.com, but with a more hands-on approach to computerized
How Chemistry.com Works
As a member of Chemistry.com you will regularly receive match
suggestions. Each suggestion will provide background information
about the person as well as an assessment of how your personalities
might fit together.
Paid subscribers will also receive notices when someone reads
their profiles or is interested in them. If you are interested in
someone you can click the "I'm interested" button, and
Chemistry.com will contact your potential match. You will then be
prompted to begin the "getting to know you" process by filling out
additional information about your relationship essentials. If you
are interested in someone who has expressed interest in you, you
will be requested to answer the same questions. Chemistry.com will
then offer a comparison of your answers with your match's answers,
so you can judge your mutual compatibility.
example of the characteristics comparison
If you and your potential match like what you see in your
compared relationship essentials, you will be asked to send your
potential partner several short questions.
Chemistry.com lets you send 6 short questions to potential
matches and even recommends questions that may be useful for your
Only after both of you accept the answers to these questions
will you be able to send direct emails to each other. The goal of
this directed process is to ensure that you are still interested in
each other after you get a little more familiar, but it also helps
ensure that you could have a comfortable first date.
When communicating on Chemistry.com, the process is quite
interesting and does help you learn about your potential partner
and yourself. The waiting process also gives you time to explore
other options and to make sure that you are not just over-eager,
but truly interested in pursuing each match. Chemistry.com provides
at least 5 match suggestions daily so you will always have
potential partners to review and contact.
If you begin a relationship or want to take a break from the
world of online dating, you can hide your profile at any time.
Doing so will prevent you from receiving any match suggestions and
will archive all current match suggestions so that you will not be
able to pursue these matches.
Before sitting down to complete Chemistry.com's member profile,
make sure that you have at least 45 minutes to focus on the task.
But don't be worried about the length of the registration process -
the questions are extremely interesting and contain a mix of
text-based multiple choice questions and questions that are based
on various graphics and images.
The Chemistry.com registration begins with analytical questions
that are broken down into the following sections:
Provide a 'snapshot' of yourself (2
Self-perception analysis (3 pages)
Communication Dynamics assessment (4
Personal Traits and Preferences section (8
Aspects of Identity questions (2 pages)
When the analytical assessment is complete, you will be asked to
answer basic questions about yourself and what you're looking for
in a partner. These questions focus on your appearance, ethnicity,
occupation and other straightforward questions. You will also be
asked to upload a photo, though you can opt to email it in if you
can't figure out how to upload it directly to your profile. Once
your registration is complete you'll receive your personality
assessment and will begin receiving match suggestions
Example of Personality Assessment
Chemistry.com is one of the few dating sites that offers phone
support as well as email support. A representative will answer your
call between the hours of 9am and 8pm CST from Monday through
Friday. I placed a call at 1:36pm EST on a Monday afternoon, and
received an immediate response from a representative who was
knowledgeable and courteous throughout the conversation. She was
able to answer my questions quickly and efficiently.
I emailed them at 6:20am on a Sunday morning:
Customer Support Form
I received an automatic response 4 minutes later:
Compare Chemistry.com's customer
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Customer Support Email Response
I was impressed to see that Chemistry.com's personality
assessment was highly relevant, and I found it useful that it
provided match suggestions with an explanation of how my
personality could potentially mesh with theirs. Chemistry.com
provided significantly more match suggestions than some other
dating sites I've used, and most of them seemed very accurate
because of the very personalized nature of its questionnaire.
- Enhanced personality assessment
- Useful personality comparison provided with each suggested
- Inexpensive pricing as compared with some other services
- Provides matches on a regular basis
- Customer support by phone
- No ability to search for a match independently