By David Spark There used to be an old saying, "You won't meet anyone if you don't go out. Online dating allows us to meet MORE people by being a recluse. Not only will you see more people, you can find exactly the person you want, or so we've been led to believe. If you've always wanted an athletic guy, who's Mormon, likes travel, and lives within 20 miles of you, you can find him!
Now when this person doesn't turn out to be the love of your life, then something's obviously wrong with him. You know what you want. You checked all the right boxes. Database queries should be infallible. The guy was made to order. He just came out bad. I have seen this behavior more so in women, than in men. When I get into conversations with women about dating, they always paint a picture of who their ideal mate is.
I remember being in a car with three women who each went through a laundry list of criteria for their perfect mate.
All I could think was "good luck. So strong that people simply won't look at others outside of a specific category, such as religion. And in those cases, there's no point signing up for a general site like Match. In that case, join JDate.
Religion isn't the only "must have" criteria for some people. There are many many more. And for every criteria, strange fascination, or fetish somebody has, there is not only another person out there for you, but there's an entire market of interest.
Enough interest to launch an online dating site. On Saturday night, Valentine's Day, with my wife waiting to go out, I scoured the online singles scene and put together a collection of the most unusual and unique online dating sites. Online dating ONLY for beautiful people This is one of those sites that people want to simultaneously join, protest, and mock. The site owners maintain a poorly updated blog where they keep track of all their complaints. There's also a list of their criteria , plus they maintain a list of top ranked beautiful daters.
Online dating for terminally ill people I believe this site is on the up and up, but I don't think they beta tested it with many or if any members.
The site just launched on Valentine's Day and as of today there's a whopping 15 male members and 11 female members. The service sounds like it serves a needed niche, but maybe we should be happy that it remains unsuccessful.
Snail mail correspondence with locked up ladies Very low tech site where you pay a small fee to get the snail mail address of a woman in prison. If you're interested in this you should definitely read the FAQ.
The site owners don't know what these women are in for but they do warn you that any correspondence will inevitably result in requests for you to send money.
Dating for Star Trek fans Ladies, this is what you've been looking for. A chance to spend an entire evening discussing who was the best Star Trek captain and if the original Star Trek "Tribble" episode really was the best episode ever.
I guess there are a lot of people really into Star Trek. I'm still looking for "Mr. Matching singles through DNA You think eHarmony's psychological profiles will really find you the perfect match?
What you need is actual science. That sounds like torture. A lifetime of first dates with people chemically disposed to mate with you. Dating site for marijuana smokers Dude You ever go out on a date and think I'm about to say something really profound here Wouldn't it be great if I'm serious, stop laughing Wouldn't it be awesome if all the women you met smoked pot?
I'm not being funny, man. Online dating for intergenerational dating Are you an older man looking for a younger girl? Or maybe you're a young woman looking to date someone that looks like her dad. Either way, while everyone snickers "dirty old man" or talks behind your back "she's only after his money" , you can find that perfect mate that fits all the wrinkles or firmness you desire.
Online dating for geeks If you're questioning whether geeks make good mates, read this site's rationale for why geeks make the best catch. My favorite "geek dating" rationale is their lack of experience.
According to the site, the socially successful have become too confident to be intimate. Geeks' lack of past romantic success allows them to approach lovers with the zest of a neophyte. Online dating for people with STDs If you've got an STD sexually transmitted disease , then in the back of your mind you're always wondering if the person you meet is cool with it, and when would be a good time to bring up "the issue.
On this site there's no worrying because you'll know before your first date. Everyone on this site has an STD. Now you have something to talk about on your first date.
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