Author Topic: ‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide  (Read 352 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online DCPatriot

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 30,615
‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:20:00 AM »
‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide



PASADENA — Four years ago, match site eHarmony quietly launched a new initiative, eHarmony4Kids, to help parents find mates for their children. The new program, whose tagline is “Play Dates, Life Mates. eHarmony for Kids,” has worked so well that the company is rolling it out nationally this year.

“People want to steer their kids toward compatible potential life partners at an early age,” says an eHarmony spokesman. “Core beliefs are in place at a young age so we can help them do that.”

Parents in Nashville, Seattle, Sacramento and Boston were secretly invited to participate in the field testing. They had their kids, ages 5 to 17, take the online personality test. Then eHarmony matched them up with other kids they deemed compatible.

The parents did not tell the kids what was happening but encouraged email friendships, play dates and online chatting.

“We told her it was like having a pen pal,” says one mother whose daughter was 8 when she joined the test program.

more at: http://www.larknews.com/archives/653

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family".    ...Mother Teresa

Offline alicewonders

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 13,053
  • Live life-it's too short to butt heads w buttheads
Re: ‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 09:40:01 AM »
That's just creepy.  I wouldn't want my kid "matching up" with someone on the Internet.  Aren't we trying to teach kids that could be dangerous?  Are younger people so socially crippled that they can't make friends the old-fashioned way?
Don't tread on me.   8888madkitty

We told you Trump would win - bigly!

Offline mountaineer

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 34,044
Re: ‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2013, 09:42:48 AM »
The story is from what appears to be a humor site.
Just being unique doesn't make you useful.

Offline alicewonders

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 13,053
  • Live life-it's too short to butt heads w buttheads
Re: ‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2013, 09:56:18 AM »
The story is from what appears to be a humor site.

I sure hope it's parody, but the sad thing is that it is so believable these days. 
Don't tread on me.   8888madkitty

We told you Trump would win - bigly!

Online DCPatriot

  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 30,615
Re: ‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013, 10:01:52 AM »
I sure hope it's parody, but the sad thing is that it is so believable these days.


Geesh.....had me fooled!  Sorry!    :shrug:
"It aint what you don't know that kills you.  It's what you know that aint so!" ...Theodore Sturgeon

"If you want to change the world, go home and love your family".    ...Mother Teresa

Offline mountaineer

  • Member
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 34,044
Re: ‘Play Dates, Life Mates’: eHarmony for Kids goes nationwide
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2013, 10:03:30 AM »
Like Alice said, it's hard to tell anymore!   :shrug:
Just being unique doesn't make you useful.


Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo
Smf