|CatholicMingle.com - Catholic Dating Site Reviewed |
For Catholics who are looking for a website where they can meet people who share in their beliefs, CatholicMingle.com provides a wonderful service. Registration for the site is quick and simple – you’re asked for your basic physical info, a brief description of yourself, and a few questions about the importance of Catholicism in your life.
Once you’ve registered, you’re taken to the main page. There you can find daily inspiration (often in the form of Scripture), love advice, upcoming events for the site and for Catholics, as well as different polls that anyone can vote in, and of course, a quick search bar for finding other members.
The advanced search features of the site are very in depth – they allow you to use any of the vast number of profile details as search parameters. Once you’ve pulled up a list of members, you can (as a standard member) send smiles, view profiles, contribute to the “Would You Click?” feature, which is similar to the popular website Hot-Or-Not in terms of rating members, and you can see photos.
Each profile is very in depth, covering everything from the type of life you live, your fashion, what movies and music you like, and the essay sections are on topics like your current Five Year Plan, what your ideal first date is, etc.
One of the more innovative features of the website is also a part of the profile – the Color Code Personality Test. It’s a somewhat long meme by some standards, but is very in depth. You’re shown words and asked to pick which describes you better, asked about different situations, and lastly, given multiple choice questions to answer. The test breaks you down into percentage groups of four different colors representing the different parts of the human psyche, and explains what each one means.
After completing the test, you’re shown the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type as well as the wants and needs of each color. In addition to this, you’re given recommendations for what ‘color’ type suits you best and have the option to view members matching that. The system itself was originally designed by Dr. Taylor Hartman, who has spoken on The Today Show and The View about the philosophy and science behind the color coding.
There are other features on CatholicMingle.com beyond the standard profile listing and searching; there are message boards that cover a wide range of topics, with sections for current events, Question and Answer (for both men and women, although either gender can reply in either section), religion, food, entertainment, prayer requests, and more. The boards are not heavily moderated, but this is in part due to the fact that standard members are not able to reply; only paid members can post comments on the forums.
Paid members also have a number of other advantages on CatholicMingle.com – they are able to email other members, use the proprietary Instant Messaging client on the site, and they can send customizable e-cards, smiles, and more. Beyond that, as a paid member one can have their most likely matches (i.e. the highest compatibility as determined by the site’s own algorithms and the Hartman color coding) sent to their email inbox. Paid members also have full access to the message boards as previously mentioned, as well as the ability to get one click reviews. For an additional fee beyond the standard membership cost (although substantially smaller than the actual membership price), you can add ‘stand out profiling’, which is your standard ‘high priority’ listing, bringing your profile to the top of any search results in which you would show up.
All in all CatholicMingle.com is a site full of features that set it apart from the rest; the color coding is an interesting concept and something that one doesn’t find in a lot of other sites. So whether you’re looking for someone to date, someone to share your faith with, or just a community of other secularly minded individuals, give CatholicMingle.com a try.