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Gay Parship is an affiliate of the popular online dating and compatibility site, Parship. Parship is one of the most commercially successful dating agencies in Europe, based solely on a personality and compatibility test designed in collaboration with psychologist Hugo Schmale of the University of Hamburg. Whilst we're not sure where the name Parship originates from, the model adopted by the site seems to have taken off, being successful in 13 European countries. The Parship network states its aim as being forging long-term, stable and meaningful relationships online, using the personality test to bring genuinely like-minded couples together. At the outset, we should note a couple of things that caught our attention whilst using Gay Parship.
There are a couple of things we’d like to get out of the way before the review begins properly. Even though the site overtly allows and encourages lesbian women to join the site and take the personality test, we were a little disappointed by how many references there were on the site's homepage to 'men dating men' and 'men finding the perfect partner'. Whilst it's a small niggle, it's not exactly very inviting for a lesbian audience. Similarly, when entering details on the site to begin the personality test, the site will only accept "Men interested in Men" and "Women interested in Women" as 'interested in' options, which means the test is obviously not suitable for bisexual women (or, indeed, bisexual men).
Another problem with the site layout, albeit quite a different one, is that it constantly refers you back to the payments page, which becomes quite irritating if you just want to browse the site without having to be redirected. As well as this, free members cannot view photos, rather they are all blurred out so any sense of romance is restricted to the information on a profile rather than physical attraction. Okay, the site is for “professionals” who are “serious” about long term relationships, but it does feel very restrictive not to be able to view even a single image of a potential date.
The personality test itself is rather interesting, if not, in parts, a little odd. The test takes around 15 minutes to complete and delves into a lot of different areas of your life - your lifestyle, social skills, profession, perception, logic and more - through a range of different question styles. Users who have taken personality tests for the purpose of dating before will notice that this test seems quite different to the simple tests hosted on other sites. The 'associated profile matching algorithm' that makes the whole thing tick requires the questions asked to be fairly specific so users will have to take their time as they complete the questionnaire. Saying that, regardless of how scientific the test actually is, we're not sure that every successful match will arise out of both parties being exactly, scientifically matched. Many users may be put off by the fact that real life dating doesn't rely on such scientific data, and as such, may find Gay Parship a little artificial. Subsequently if you’re looking for a site where you can sign up pretty quickly, this isn’t the site for you. Profile creation is interesting but quite laborious. Yet this is precisely what you want if you’re serious about a long term relationship because the more information the site requires, the more information you’ll get about potential matches and the fewer time wasters you’re likely to encounter.
Once results have been returned users have the opportunity to browse through the profiles of those who, according to the personality test, are perfectly matched to their personality traits. Results can be filtered according to a number of criteria, including age, location, income, profession and more, and users can then choose to get in contact with, or send 'interest' to whoever catches their eye. As far as we can see, there doesn't look to be an instant messaging function on Gay Parship, but users can contact others through the 'messaging centre' which is hosted on the site. Whilst some users may find that the pre-chosen matches takes the hassle out of searching for potential lovers, we did find it a touch sterile and wondered whether, for some, it might take some of the fun out of online dating. We also think that there’s a lot to be said for being able to search through profiles, as you may come across someone you wouldn’t have using the automated system.
Gay Parship is a unique type of dating, so it's difficult to compare it to other sites, though we did find the price tag to be quite high. If you’re the sort of person who is serious about meeting a partner, not just for a quick roll in the hay but for something deeper and more substantial then this might be the site for you. Its automated system is backed up by 30 years of research by professionals, and it really takes into account your personality in full, when done properly. Whilst the site clearly isn't for everyone, it does have the sort of quirkiness that will appeal to some. If you've tried other dating sites and weren't satisfied, and you're willing to pay a little over the odds, give Gay Parship a go!
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