Dating professionals

People who use online dating services often complain about outdated photos and phony profiles.

But rarely do profiles require a statement of minimum income.

One thing's for sure -- there's no shortage of dating sites. Fittingly for a site in a region that cherishes its history and traditions, Successful Singles has been around since 1984, which is not quite the Colonial Era but actually predates the Internet as we know it.

No one really knows how many there are but the answer is somewhere in the thousands. Successful Singles even goes so far as to announce that it is not an online dating site, instead proclaiming itself to the "the premier social introduction service in Boston."Rather than using algorithms to match clients, Successful Singles uses a more personal approach, starting with a 10-minute phone consultation followed by a 50-minute face-to-face meeting, after which it promises introductions within 10 days.

The approach seems to work with the upscale client base it's targeting.

At Consumer Affairs, we don't hear much about Successful Singles but what we do hear is pretty positive."I spent months online with no success.

Consumer Affairs' founder and former editor, Jim Hood formerly headed Associated Press Broadcast News, directing coverage of major news events worldwide.

He also served as Senior Vice President of United Press International and was the founder and editor of Zapnews, a newswire service for radio and television. After all, the world is full of them and they're fairly evenly divided in terms of gender, height and so forth.

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Professors don't want to run into students, or CEOs into their clients: Ms.

Khanberg wouldn't disclose how many members were currently signed on, although she did acknowledge that approximately 50% of applicants are accepted.