Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Criminal Background Checks, Online Dating, and the Rock of Love

Last month, the state of New Jersey enacted a law requiring online dating sites to reveal whether they do background checks on members. Apparently, Match.com doesn't do them, having concluded they don't offer extra protection. Another company, True.com, does.

Critics question whether background checks promote a false sense of security. For more information, click here.

Changing the subject, I did watch Rock of Love the other night. In this episode, our vinyl-haired hero made at least four headband changes (that I counted; I kept flipping back and forth to the Grammys).

Bret dealt with a couple of the LSEs who failed to meet the evening's challenge, which had something to do with motorcycles. To punish the women, he forced them to put on bikinis and clean his very own personal motorcycle with a toothbrush.

He truly is the type of man every parent hopes her daughter will grow up to marry.

As far as the Grammys went, I enjoyed seeing Ringo Starr and Tina Turner. The Foo Fighters blew me away. Amy Winehouse's speech made me cry. What stress that girl must be under! I hope she will recover, and I wish her the very best.


Anonymous said...

I decided to try online dating for the first time last year with true.com because of their promise that they do background checks to make sure no one has serious criminal records and to confirm that no members are currently married. Well, the first person I started actively communicating with turned out to still be married and in the midst of a very nasty divorce with restraining orders and everything and had also been convicted of domestic violence and assault. I was able to find all of this once the guy gave me his phone number, but apparently true.com couldn't. When I called to cancel (since they don't allow you to cancel online) and explained to them what happened, the guy on the phone actually laughed because he was embarrassed and saw the irony. I'm not necessarily blaming them, but it definitely demonstrates that a site is not any safer just because they claim to do background checks.

Terry said...

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