Would Background Checking Applicants Benefit Online Dating Services?

Posted by Kristina Taylor
July 2, 2010

Would Background Checking Applicants Benefit Online Dating Services?

If you’ve ever been set up on a really bad blind date, you know how valuable it would have been to had that date “screened”, at least informally.  But how about formally?

There’s a move afoot to encourage online dating services to background check their applicants in order to better serve the customers looking for friendship, love or companionship. 

Would background checks actually help?  We definitely think so — check out these top three advantages to online dating sites’ comprehensively screening clients:

→ There would be a smaller, but stronger, pool of candidates from which to choose.

→ The online dating company could ask for a premium price.

→ The clients of online dating sites would feel more comfortable with this kind of “cyber dating” knowing that part of the worry has been erased.

This isn’t to say that background checking would be a cure-all for every concern a dater has.  But it could produce huge advantages for both the clients and the company. 

We’ll keep you posted if/when we learn of an online dating service that’s switched over to background checks

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