The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Online matchmaker

When young women in the musical Fiddler on the Roof sang "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match" they had to rely on their village specialist.

Now they could log on to their computers and browse www.eharmony.com, which offers matchmaking that is built on extensive research and clinical experience about what makes marriages work.

After 33 years as a psychologist specializing in marriage counseling, Neil Clark Warren says he took down his shingle and launched the Web site "because divorce is ravaging our country." While Warren emphasizes his Christian understanding of marriage, he designed eharmony to appeal to everyone. He spent six years developing the site, studying 2,000 married couples to isolate what makes their relationships happy or unhappy.

As a result, eharmony assesses how couples match up to 29 categories, such as caring, energy, adaptability--even grouchiness.


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