Most Dateworthy Man in the World – Jim

We have, hands down, the best young singles in the world on Sparkology. What better way to show the world than through video. Here’s Jim, member #4706.

A Princeton grad with a great finance career in NYC that’s just looking to meet a great girl to experience life with. Interested? Join Sparkology and meet all of our wonderful members!

Interested in starring in a future video? Contact us at service@sparkology.com.

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4 Fun Date Ideas You Can Book Online

Tension, anxiety, armpits moistened more than normal. A distinct fear arrives on the eve of every first date.

“How’s the hair?”

“Is my throat sore? Dammit, it’s sore. I know I’m sick. I should cancel.”

“Parachute pants could be a decent ice-breaker…”

Oftentimes, this pre-date anxiety arises from horrific first date flashbacks. The time in college you skipped through the quad singing Christmas carols only to find out your date’s Jewish. What about the time your nervousness led you to an hour long lecture about Dostoevsky?

Don’t worry. There’s a solution. First, it’s always a good idea to lotion your nostrils. Second, stand out by proposing an activity date! These aren’t your childhood activities like playing Clue over a couple PB&J’s—although a brilliant date idea if accompanied by a blanket fort. These activities placate the adult-child within every adult: Chocolate Tour, pizza-making, BYOB painting lesson, jazz lounge, trapeze (?!).

Not only is more dopamine released during new activities than a dinner, but the experiences create great anecdotes for you to build upon with each subsequent date!

With an NYC dating pool of about, like, 40% of NYC adults being single, shouldn’t your goal be to stand out and provoke excitement? Here’s a list of great date activities you can reserve instantly on Vimbly.com. By the way, all Sparkologists will receive $10 off of any Vimbly purchase. Just enter the code SPARKME-VBY upon your booking.

Wine and cheese tasting: Not only will you both indulge in a classy evening, but also you’ll probably learn interesting facts about wine pairings and tastings. It’s a perfect way to loosen up, chat, and enjoy a night out.

Comedy Show: Fun, relaxed environment. With cheap drinks featured at most comedy clubs, an improv show provides laughter and a great conversation piece after the performance.

Pizza Making: Honestly, what’s better than pizza?? Oh, that’d be making your own pizza. No need for explanation here.

BYOB Painting Class: Indulge in a bottle of wine and tune your inner Picasso. Again, this date ensures a relaxed atmosphere and instant conversation. It’s especially perfect if neither of you know how to paint. “That lily pad looks like a broken pencil on an elephant!”

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Huntley Club Comes to NYC: Benefits Sparkology Daters

Huntley Club‘s mission is to provide exceptional lifestyle benefits and events to our members, who are typically hard-working professionals in their 20s and 30s. Member benefits include standing discounts and VIP perks at our carefully selected partners, regular social & networking events at trendy venues, and exclusive rates on hand-curated treks to many exotic destinations. Our 200+ partners include Equinox Fitness, Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers, Tieks, Starwood, Ritz Carlton, Hertz, Uber, YogaWorks, Bliss Spas, Exhale Spa, and many others. We negotiate distinctive, STANDING benefits that our members can depend upon – we are not flash sale company.

Sparkology members receive over 30% membership to Huntley Club. Use code SPARK13 with this link. Valid through 5/31/13.

Prepare

Get yourself in shape by taking advantage of Huntley Club’s preferred rates at Equinox Fitness, where you will save up to $60 / month off of standard rates and see your entire initiation fee waived.

Huntley Club Equinox Young Professionals Sparkology

Dine

Take your date to one of the dozens of premier restaurants in Huntley Club’s partnership network and save up to 30% on your entire bill.

Huntley Club Restaurant Young Professionals Sparkology

Get Away

Take your relationship to the next level with a weekend away at any of Huntley Club’s hundreds of preferred hotels; you will save at least 10% off the guaranteed lowest public rate at all W Hotels, St. Regis, Westin, Ritz Carlton, Marriott and Fairmont properties (and many more).

Huntley Club Vacation Young Professionals Sparkology

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Spring 2013: NYC’s Best New Date Spots

After a long winter, spring has finally arrived in New York City!  The weather is getting warmer, and it’s the perfect time to explore the city with someone special.  Fortunately, Sparkology and our friends at Guest of a Guest have got you covered… We’ve compiled a new list of the hottest hidden bars, swanky restaurants, and memorable activities across New York City.

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Washington D.C.’s Best Online Dating Sites: What Makes a Good Dating Site? (Part II)

Washington D.C.’s Best Online Dating Sites: What Makes a Good Dating Site? (Part II)

Washington D.C. at night | Best Online Dating Site

Sparkology has widely been lauded as “the most innovative and honest dating experience out there” and the best “elite” dating site.  As a result, we are frequently asked to discuss what makes a good dating site

Before signing up for any online dating site, we recommend that you consider:

  • What is entailed in registering for the site? Let’s be honest, you join a dating site to meet people — NOT to spend hours completing ridiculously long, tedious, and scientifically disproven compatibility tests.  Many sites utilize compatibility tests despite the fact that they have been repeatedly disproven by scientific studies.  Unfortunately, sites rely on compatibility tests because they tend to be powerful marketing gimmicks.  At Sparkology, we realize that our members’ time is a precious commodity, and we don’t waste it on gimmicky marketing ploys.  We strongly believe that your limited time is best spent actually talking to and meeting real people.
  • Does the site buy and sell profiles? Much like its refund policy, an online dating site’s business practices speak volumes about what you can expect from it.  While nearly all dating sites are run as for-profit businesses that operate to make money, many online dating sites are guided by a questionable moral compass.  According to BetaBeat, “every new dating site faces the same problem: finding souls to mate. Recruiting new customers is expensive…”  As a result, many dating sites take shortcuts and purchase profiles in bulk from other sites.  If real, these profiles are often purchased without the members’ knowledge or actual consent.Additionally, many of these purchased profiles are actually fake (the people don’t exist) and are merely used to inflate membership statistics so that the site appears more attractive to potential customers.Equally disheartening, many dating sites bury clauses in their terms of service, which most members never read, that allow them to sell or trade their members’ profiles with other dating sites.  When Sparkology was in its infancy, we were propositioned by a profile broker and angrily rejected the offer.  Sparkology never has and never will engage in these unethical practices.  We hold ourselves to a higher set of moral principles and value our reputation and members’ trust more than a quick dollar.  We strongly urge you to inquire whether or not any site that you are considering joining engages in these practices
  • Does the site use “ghost” profiles to inflate their membership statistics?  Another unethical strategy that even the biggest names & most mainstream players in the industry utilize to boost their membership statistics and lure in additional paying members is the “ghost” profile… These online dating sites show profiles of “lapsed and non-paying members” for two purposes: 1) There’s a hope that existing paying members will contact these non-paying or expired members and that the “ghosts” will pay again in order to respond; and 2) new potential members will come across these “ghost” profiles, not realizing that the accounts are inactive, and decide to join the site for the purpose of messaging the “ghosts.”To clarify, these sites present the “ghosts” just like their active members, so there’s no way for people to realize that they are being lured in by, or attempting to communicate with, a “ghost” account.  Besides being unethical, this practice results in low response rates to members’ messages, which incentivizes members to play a numbers game, sending out hundreds or even thousands of generic messages with the hopes of getting a response.Sparkology fundamentally disagrees with these tactics that tarnish the entire dating industry’s reputation.  In fact, our dating site was built as an alternative to other unscrupulous sites and our “spark pack” model was created to prevent Sparkology from devolving into a numbers game.

In closing, if you are located in New York or Washington D.C., we would love the opportunity to show you why Sparkology is the best online dating site for professionals.  Throughout 2013, we will also be expanding to other metropolitan areas like Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  Sparkology works tirelessly to provide our users with the best possible online dating experience, and we are constantly adding new site features and incorporating user feedback.

Regardless of what dating site you decide to try, we wish you the best of luck with your online dating experiences.  We sincerely hope that you are able to find a site that meets most of the above criteria and adequately satisfies your needs.  Remember, when it comes to love, you shouldn’t have to settle.

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New York’s Best Online Dating Sites: What Makes a Good Dating Site? (Part I)

New York’s Best Online Dating Sites:  What Makes a Good Dating Site? (Part I)

New York City Skyline | Sparkology is the top online dating site in New York

Pretty much everyone has heard the statistic that nearly 20% of all married couples within the last 3 years met on an online dating site.  Interestingly, couples that meet online also tend to get married much quicker than their counterparts that meet in the “real world”: 18.5 months versus 42 months.  This telling statistic makes a lot of sense because on the “right” dating site, you have the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals that are truly “looking for love” – not just a one night stand.

While we obviously consider Sparkology to be New York’s best dating site for professionals, Sparkology is still in the process of expanding to major cities across the country.  As a result, we often get people asking us what makes a good dating site.  We tend to respond by explaining that there is no single online dating site that is perfect for everyone.  With that said, you have to find a dating site that fulfills the criteria that is most important to you.  For example, we recommend that you ask yourself the following questions before clicking an online dating site’s “join” button:

  • What type of people are you looking to meet, and what type of relationship are you pursuing?  As a wise friend once said, “If you’re going to play in the sewer, then you can’t complain about the rats.”  Some sites like Sparkology strive to foster relationships in an exclusive online dating community, while others… Not so much. You have to be honest with yourself and decide what you’re really looking for.
  • How does the site want you to meet someone?  In other words, does the site allow you to search and browse its members, or is functionality limited to receiving a finite number of matches by email each week and/or month? For whatever reason (perhaps they wanted to save money on development costs or they arrogantly think that they know what’s best for you), some half-baked sites have decided that it’s a bad idea for users to be able to search for potential matches themselves.  Instead, these sites insist on emailing their users a couple of potential matches each week.  You deserve the best of both worlds.  It can be helpful to have a dating site identify potential matches for you, but you should always have the option to conduct searches, yourself.
  • What is the customer service like?  When you consider joining a site, you may have some questions…  If it’s difficult to get in touch with a real person — whether it be by phone, email, or some sort of live chat feature — BEFORE you’ve opened your wallet, good luck getting a hold of someone once you actually become a member.  If it’s difficult to get responsive and helpful service before you have a problem, it’s probably a good indicator of the type of “help” that you’ll get in the future… (e.g., billing issues, difficulty deactivating, problems with sites features, etc.)
  • What is the site’s refund policy?  It’s an awful idea to join an online dating site with the expectation that you aren’t going to be satisfied with the service… Mindset is important. However, the reality is that sometimes things just don’t work out—and neither the website nor the user is to blame.  So you’d think that most sites would value their reputation enough to have generous and responsible refund policies, wouldn’t you?  Well, you’d be wrong.  In fact, it can be quite difficult to find another dating site that shares Sparkology’s philosophy on refunds.  Nevertheless, an online dating site’s refund policy is important for reasons aside for enabling you to get your money back.  It’s likely your best insight into the dating site’s business practices…  For instance, the refund policy can help answer questions like:  Does the site actually value you as an individual, or does it merely view you as a credit card number?  Is the site truly concerned about its users’ experience, or is the site primarily concerned with swiping your credit card before you can get away?  While it may sound cheesy and cliché, Sparkology is truly committed to helping our users find love and we want our users to have the best possible experience.  Our refund policy reflects that sentiment.  You should find a dating site that does too.

Stay tuned for Part II in our series about what makes a good online dating site… In the mean time, please sound off on what YOU think the most important characteristics and features of top dating sites are!

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