Wednesday, September 29, 2004

I'm a liar. So date me.

Beliefnet is launching a new dating service called Soulmatch, which aims to shidduch off couples "on the same ethical wavelength."
Among the questions you're asked:

  • "The last time I lied and was sure it was the right thing to do..."
  • "If you could retire one of the 'seven deadly sins' to make room for a new one, which would you lose and what would you add?"
  • "What do you consider the most spiritual experiences?"
  • "Imagine this: a tornado is minutes away from your home. You get your pets and loved ones to safety and have just enough time to run back and grab 3 things. Everything else will be destroyed. What would you save?"

It would be easy to poke fun, but I actually think this is the right approach. Those who answer these more personal, quirky questions honestly can come up with some surprising stuff. Gary, for example admits that his deadliest sins are envy and gluttony, and that he lied to get credit; Elizami lies to stop her parents from arguing; and Toymaker once drove back five miles to help out a group of four who were stranded at the side of the highway late at night. Katherine once saved someone's life by going into a crashed car, but needs you to agree with her on gun control and the death penalty; looking hasn't done anything for a stranger, and in a tornado would rescue his stereo and video game.
Personally (if I were single...) I'd award extra points to people willing to be honest about their worst faults online. But the truth is, any question which isn't 'My idea of a perfect date' will make a nice change for those on the Internet dating circuit. JDate, take note.

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