- The site only requires minimal personal information. At the registration process, you only need to give out your birthday, zip code and email address. You don't even need to give out your full name, as other users can distinguish you by your username.
- Users have to answer a lengthy personality test, which is the bread and butter of the entire website. This is what determines your personality type, as well as influences which users will be matched to you. Several users on the site don't have an entry under their personality type, so it may be possible to skip the assessment.
- Unlike other dating websites, you can see other users' pictures even as a free user.
- It seems like the site puts a lot of emphasis on its user's pictures. Not only does the site allow you to upload a total of 30 pictures, but they also have strict guidelines in their T&C about what picture you use for your profile. To make sure your photos are accepted by the Chemistry.com team, you need to follow these guidelines:
- Solo photos are always better. If there's another person with you in the photo, you need to point out which one is you.
- No nudity or see-through clothes
- No copyrighted images
- Photos must not divulge personal information, such as car licenses, street signs, business names and scans of the company/school ID. Basically, anything that can jeopardize the user's anonymity.
- No photos of users engaging in illegal acts like drug use, violence, and obscenity.
- No posts with offensive hand gestures, or anything that can be deemed offensive to one's religion, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, etc.
Information in the profile
- With Chemistry.com, what you see is what you get. There's a single profile visibility setting for both free and upgraded users. This means that even as a free user, you have access to the full profiles of all users, even premium ones.
- the ability to add even more hobbies when you edit your profile under the Top Interests portion.
Users can upload a total of 30 photos; however, not all photos are good enough as your profile photo. You can upload any photo to your album as you wish; however, if you change your profile photo, your request will be put on hold while the team checks your photo for any T&C violations (see above). If you have a Facebook account, you can import photos from your Facebook to the website.
Overall, account creation at Chemistry.com gets a 4 out of 5. It is fairly easy and non-invasive, which is good news for people who don't want to give out personal details when creating an account. Although you can't really control what people see and what they don't when it comes to your profile, it doesn't contain any compromising information in the first place. This is because your profile is more about who you are as a person - your hopes, your interests and what you look for in a person.
Although the site is lax in terms of personal information requirements, the personality test is another story. It takes around 5-10 minutes to get through the personality assessment test, depending on how serious you are in answering the question. Most questions on the assessment contain statements, where users choose whether they agree or disagree with the statement. Occasionally, a question with a different format will pop up, but these are rare. Example of information that users need to fill up in their profile includes their political view, their religion, how many children they have, as well as their ethnicity.