Each New Year I have one or two resolutions for my dating life.I have taken dating classes, quit drinking, and made a point to adopt a healthier, more positive attitude about single life.Matchmakers, acting as formal chaperones or as self-employed 'busybodies' serving less clear social purposes, would attend such events and advise families of any burgeoning romances before they went too far.The influence of such people in a culture that did not arrange marriages, and in which economic relationships (e.g.
In cultures where arranged marriages were the rule, the astrologer often claimed that the stars sanctified matches that both parents approved of, making it quite difficult for the possibly-hesitant children to easily object – and also making it easy for the astrologer to collect his fee.
But this year I have a doozy: Rather than winging it in the dating scene all on my own, I have decided to enlist the help of a matchmaker, and here is why.
I made my decision over Thanksgiving, listening to the NPR podcast, , while in the car with my older brother and his girlfriend.
For modern matchmaking which tends to substitute information technology or game-like rules for the expert's finesse, see Dating system.
For matchmaking in online gaming, see Matchmaking (video games).