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A better way to find the love of your life - Self Match

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Self-Match uses a double-blind matching custom survey approach to explore compatibility. The ... More

Editor's review

Published 30 Mar 2017

If you are looking to use the Internet to help form a meaningful relationship, there's a million ways you can do it on the net! Most relationship sites offer pretty much the same kind of thing with only a few breaking the boundaries to offer something a little different. There's no denying their worth though. According to a recent survey, relationships formed online are second only to meeting through mutual friends as the most common way for couples to get together these days. There was a story from the US a couple of years back that suggested that close to 30% of recent marriages there had their formative moments online. That's quite a staggering figure.

So let's assume that you've found yourself a potential partner or two - whether online or 'in the flesh' so to speak. How can you take it one step further and see if the two of you are truly compatible? Self-Match is a new relationship app that uses a unique and very comprehensive partner matching method to help individuals find their perfect partner. Their method is to use what they call a 'double-blind' survey to explore compatibility between potential partners while ensuring that both parties have total control over their compatibility exploration. The way they do this is quite simple. One partner chooses questions that are important and relevant to them from the Question Bank and answers them. They then send the very same blank survey to their potential partner via the Survey Submission form to the partner's email address.

When the partner completes the survey, both partners can view the Compatibility Report and see the percentage of matching responses. Users can evaluate the partner's responses as positive or negative and assign an importance value on their answers from 1 to 10. The app keeps track of the total number of positives and negatives as well as the importance valuation to produce a TrueMatch Score for each partner. In order to get the best out of Self-Match it's recommended that both sides answer surveys honestly and thoughtfully.

Let's get one thing straight. Self-Match is not a dating site. Apart from anything else, they have no database of members. They prefer to call themselves a partner compatibility application. Many dating sites virtually throw partners at each other based on flimsy details and similar interests, Self-Match tries to get to the heart of a partner's needs and desires by testing their true compatibility. This is particularly useful for busy online daters who don't want to wade through a whole bunch of maybes to get to the love of their life. Each member has a personalized dashboard with their photo and basic profile information as well as any gained information about their potential partners. Every time a new partner responds to a survey, his or her profile is added to the member's dashboard which also has links to each partner's Compatibility Reports and TrueMatch Scores. Members can save their favorite and most pertinent questions and even offer up their own questions for approval to add to the Question Bank. However, at the moment there are over 300 questions divided into 14 different question categories for users to choose from.

Self-Match offers three plans. The first and simplest is the one-off survey with 15 questions and a compatibility report for under a dollar. However, to get the best out of the site it seems silly not to upgrade slightly to the next option at US$2.99 and gives you access to unlimited questions, compatibility report and true match scores. If you're really serious, there are the Gold and Platinum plans that offer low monthly subscription fees. The site itself is very user-friendly and easy to navigate and is flexible enough to put all the control into the user's hands. Self-Match is probably not the right app for people looking for a short-term romance. It's depth of questioning and search for empathy are more for people who are looking for a long term relationship. That’s something we all want in the long run, isn't it?

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