I set out to complete the contest and so I will continue until I do! However, I guess I view this more as a "How to lose a guy in 10 days" experiment then my own personal journey to find someone.
That being said...
If Mr. Right is on the internet, I did NOT find him. Chemistry.com let's you sign up for a free profile on a sort of trial basis. Along the lines of those Match commercials that say 'it's ok to look'. Isn't it amazing how stalkerish the internet has made us all?
So in my inability to trust the internet to be able to find me the perfect match, I did not pay the 50 bucks to try Chemistry.com for a month. My friends and I all made the rule that we didn't have to shell out tons of money to complete these challenges so we've had to modify several challenges. Though, if they'd done a better job with the suggested matches they sent me I would have considered paying and going on a date with someone just to see how it went.
However, I was really unimpressed! They sent me 3 guys a day for as long as I continued to regularly reject them as completely unsuitable. I did this for over a week, just to see...they never got better!
Now don't get me wrong, I don't think finding the right person for yourself is about looks. However, if I put a type into my profile it would be advisable to send me people who are not the polar opposite of my description of what I like! They did it to the guys they suggested me to as well. I would go to some of their profiles and it would say they were attracted to tall women for example. Well at 5'4 on a good day, I hardly qualify.
Chemistry.com continued to send me these. Also, they sent me guys who didn't meet my personality or lifestyle requirements. I listed Christianity as my religion and rated it 100% important that the person I would end up with agree. They sent me several non-christians (including one person who didn't even believe in a religion at all) and none of them listed religion as a high priority in their lives. That wouldn't have gotten us far, now would it?!
One particular guy they sent me as a match didn't have a job. Now, I understand we're in the middle of a recession. But I listed career as one of the aspects of my life that I place in pretty high esteem. It's important to me to be professional! I would prefer to date someone who also cares about having a career. I think this is even more important at my rather young age. If they're not motivated now, then when? This person was a student, but he was also 28. Probably time to graduate friend.
I listed football as a primary interest of mine. They matched me with several guys who don't like sports! What?! I'm sorry but that's just wrong. How would they ever fit into my family? If you don't watch Sports Center and I'm going to have to teach you all the positions on a football team on our first trip to see my family, you're not making the cut. Period. I had week long nightmares of questions like 'What's the quarterback do?'. Ugh.
Ok, so the other feature of my trial membership with Chemistry is that they send me e-mails when people select that they are interested in me. Hmm. Problem with this is they don't actually let you see the person's picture or profile until you pay the $50. Touche.
After the 10 or so guys they thought I'd have 'chemistry' with, there was no way I was paying $50 to see who liked me!
So before I Debbie Downer internet dating, I should take the time to say this method has been successful for several of my friends. None of them have used Chemistry.com though. Actually, if you have a story (good or bad) about internet dating then let me know - maybe I will post it! : ]
Coming Next: Southwest Airlines!