Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Love at First Book: Compatibility based on the written word
“A popular admonition goes, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover.’ Yet we do it all the time. We ascribe qualities of character to people based on their physical characteristics. And our language takes shape to reflect that attitude.” ~ Anu Garg ~
These days, online dating sites are popping up all over the place. Some are free and some charge monthly fees; some are dedicated to specific ethnic groups or religious ideologies, but all have one purpose in mind – hooking up singles so they become couples.
The granddaddy site of them all, eHarmony, is probably the most widely recognized service, but every so often another website enters the fray attempting to bring together strangers seeking a common bond.
The latest site, Alikewise, which is just barely a month old, has taken a completely new spin on the dating scene with their philosophy rooted in bringing together singles based on the books they read.
It’s an interesting concept. So far, Alikewise seems off to a slow start, but one never knows what will happen in the days or weeks to come.
When Anu Garg (see above quote) began his website, Wordsmith.org, in 1994 (simply for the love of words and language) who would have thought he would have over 900,000 followers today?
There’s something to be said for the power of the written word in bringing people together.
Enjoy the beautiful video from nomojofoyo’s YoutTube Channel, which includes some memorable excerpts from great literary works. One might say, “There is clearly passion in the written word.”