WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- How many times has this happened to you: You show up for an online date, and the person you were hoping to meet is nowhere to be seen. Instead, you meet somebody who looks vaguely like the photos you've seen, and acts like somebody you'd never say hello to in real life.
It's happened to me more times than I care to remember, and it's happened to millions of others. It's not fair, it's not right, but it's a reality.
For every first online date, there is a risk that you're about to meet a liar. Yes, I know, it's not nice to just dismiss so many people at once, but let's face it: For everyone out there trying in earnest to meet their match, there is at least one person who is simply using the inherent anonymity of the internet to get something they otherwise couldn't have.
Men lie about their height. Women lie about their weight. Both men and women lie about the kind of shape they're in. Both men and women lie about how much they drink; and yes, both men and women lie equally often about their general appearance. Translation: They post photos that are old, photos which are taken from odd and overly favorable angles, or photos that conspicuously omit important physical features – such as everything south of the neck.
Am I sounding like a superficial jerk right now? Maybe, but when we meet people, we want reality to match the idea we have in our heads – and the Internet is the best tool invented by man to hide that reality. And that goes for all people.
We hate being lied to, but sadly, no matter how pointless or time-wasting a date based on a total misrepresentation may be, people still do it.
One of my own memorable experiences involved a girl who categorized herself as 'fit' on OkCupid, and showed up at least 40 pounds heavier (but 6 inches shorter) than me.
That's not even the worst of it. Sometimes the most unattractive aspect of a human is an ugly personality. Somebody who, for example, might storm out of a date, having screamed in the middle of a half-empty restaurant, because they failed to notice the word 'divorced' on a profile.
These are problems you generally don't run into when meeting people the old-fashioned way. Typically people who meet in person randomly for the first time, or meet through a mutual friend, get more or less what they expect.
Today that feeling of comfort, security and familiarity can finally be found when dating online thanks to a recently launched website, GotScored.com.
GotScored isn't a dating site. It's a place where online daters can share their experiences, and rate the people they've met through online dating based on objective criteria. This isn't a site for flaming the guy who didn't pay for dinner, or for bad-mouthing the girl who didn't return your text. It's a site that asks the important questions. Questions like:
- Did this person look like their photos?
- Would you trust this person to keep your secret?
- Would you trust this person to babysit your 5 year old niece?
- Would you be excited to introduce this person to your friends, or parents?
These are real questions, addressing real issues – issues which would almost always be covered when you meet people the traditional way.
GotScored is, for lack of a better description, Yelp for online dating: Honest opinions from people who are looking for value from their time and money.
But the site goes farther than that. Online daters often use multiple online identities. GotScored has the brains to aggregate multiple online dating profiles based on common personal data like phone numbers, Facebook profiles or email addresses (used for reference only and never shared) so that if you got burned by JoeCool1 on Match, you won't get burned again by JoeAwesome2 on Zoosk.
GotScored tracks and evaluates who you've reviewed, how you reviewed them, and how you were reviewed, and employs a smart algorithm to generate a credibility score. Trash too many people, and your credibility will suffer. Stay even and balanced, and you will build an online reputation which all daters, from all dating sites and apps will be able to see, appreciate, and use to their, and your, benefit.
And GotScored isn't just for dating. It can be used to rate your Facebook friends, your casual acquaintances, or anybody else who has an online footprint.
It's an idea whose time is long overdue.
Log in with one click right now, and take a test drive on the first social network where what you see is what you get.
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