Happiness in Love

Will Dating Your Look-A-Like Make You Happy?

By Laura Schreffler

Have you ever noticed those couples who just seem to fit together perfectly? No, I’m not talking about those cheesy pairs who accessorize like they’re going to prom on a daily basis, (minus the corsage, of course), but the duos who give you pause from your usual snark to sigh, “What a beautiful couple.” These toothy twosomes are the basis behind Facemate, a new dating site that promises to find you a yin to your yang that will actually resemble you. It just might take awhile…but when it comes to love, what else is new?

Gwyneth & Brad

I’ve always thought there was more to finding your true match — like common interests, chemistry and values — but is this semi-scientific approach the way to go? In the name of research, I joined and discovered that, to become a Facemater, you simply have to upload a photograph of yourself. After clicking on the ‘analyze photo’ button, nothing happens. Presumably our photographs are sent to a black hole somewhere waiting for Mr. Right Because He Looks Like Me to come along.

Sam Mendes/Kate Winslet

While I’m griping because I don’t believe I do have a male doppelganger, let me explain how the Facemate software works. The program hones in on nine different facial features – the eyes, ears, nose, chin and both corners and centers of the mouth — and voila! You’ve got your other half.

Our favorite couple, whether they look a like or not! Liz & Dick

But the site wouldn’t work as a dating site if it relied on matchmaking soul/physical twins alone; Facemate also allows you to match yourself up with guys who have similar styles/values.

While I do like the premise behind this site — because who wouldn’t love themselves? —  but waiting around for your perfect match online is the equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming – it might happen, but in a land far, far away (and you probably won’t be wearing a tiara when it does occur). But hey, whatever makes you happy, right?

Burton & Taylor

And in the meantime, if you see any blue-eyed, sandy-haired rascals who love music, wear nothing but T-shirts and love talking about love, send him my way, won’t you? Now that would make me happy alright!

 

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About the Author: Laura Schreffler is a former New York Daily News columnist who left the world of celebrity behind to focus on what makes her happiest — love and travel. She is the creator of LoveTrekker.com — a website devoted to these two passions that she fondly calls “looking for love in all the right places.” In her spare time she likes to play matchmaker for her friends, dream about her next vacation and gaze at photographs of Taylor Kitsch. For more advice on love, relationships, and happiness, check out http://lovetrekker.com & her book "Internet Dating 101". And follow her here at Happiness Series with her weekly blog about finding love.