10 Online Dating Services You Won’t Believe Actually Exist
Online dating has never been more popular than it is now, and it’s not uncommon anymore to actually know someone who managed to develop a successful relationship after signing up on a dating site and using it to meet up with potential matches.
The biggest platforms like Match, Zoosk, eHarmony, Plenty of Fish and OkCupid have millions of monthly users, but a sizeable user base and a dominant spot in the market doesn’t mean they’ve ultimately cracked the code when it comes to solving everyone’s love lives.
Singles want more options these days, and it’s paved the way for new online dating services to pop up on the Internet — many of which take much more specific approaches to matching people up other than by looking at any two users’ profile information and finding similarities between them.
You might be surprised to find out what kind of strange, highly niche-specific dating services there are now available, with more popping up all the time. Just take a look at the following list to see what I mean.
Settle for Love: Online dating for people willing to settle for imperfection
Tired of maintaining all those high standards and big expectations in your quest to find an ideal mate? Settle for Love is a website made for people who are willing to “embrace imperfection” and just settle down already. The site promotes honesty and encourages singles to expose their flaws, positioning itself as a dating service where people can let loose and stop being afraid of being judged so harshly from their profiles. Whether you suffer from premature balding or you live alone with eight cats, Settle for Love is the place to be upfront about it.
HighThere!: Online dating for marijuana smokers
HighThere! is a dating app that’s been referred to as “the Tinder for weed.” Like Tinder, you can choose to connect with people nearby (or pass) just for fun and friendship or for a serious relationship — and everyone who uses it already knows that it’s a community for marijuana smokers. The founder apparently came up with the idea after the matches he got from other dating services were turned off by his smoking habits. The service is only available in locations where cannabis is legal, and all users must be 21 or older.
Gluten Free Singles: Online dating for people who’ve given up gluten
The gluten free diet movement is a big deal these days, and now there’s even a dating site dedicated to the singles who want to share the same dietary needs or values as their ideal mates. Whether the reason for giving up gluten is because of allergies, celiac disease, a slight intolerance or even just a diet/health decision — Gluten Free Singles makes it easier for singles to connect in a world full of gluten. The service can even be used by people just wanting to make friends or join a community with an interest in gluten free cooking, recipes, support and discussions.
Farmers Only: Online dating for people who prefer the laidback, country life
Online dating is popular among suburban residents and city goers, with more potential matches and more things to do on a date in the most highly populated locations. But for people who don’t work the typical 9-to-5 and live in a concrete jungle, there’s Farmers Only — a dating site for rural dwellers who prefer a simpler, easygoing and less rushed lifestyle. The site’s slogan, “City folk just don’t get it” really sums it up quite well. Farmers are online nowadays too, but that doesn’t mean they want to live the same lifestyles as the people who live in the city.
Gothic Match: Online dating for goths
Are you into the goth scene? If you are, then Gothic Match is the best place online to look for singles who won’t be completely creeped out or put off by your unique style. The service caters to those who identify with the emo subculture as well. According to the site, it’s the number one social networking community for gothic singles and friends and has been online since 2001. Users can join in discussions in the forum, get great gothic date ideas, read success stories, chat with other members and even find out how to get involved in gothic fashion and tattoo shows.
Ugly Schmucks: Online dating for ugly people
If you thought Settle for Love was crazy, you’ll love this one. Ugly Schmucks is for singles who just know they don’t exactly stack up to conventional beauty standards, and they’re fine with finding someone else like that too. Even so, it’s a common issue online daters share when they meet people in person who look almost nothing like their profiles pictures. “With ugly dating, you can date ugly people who know exactly how you feel,” the service explains on its website. “They can relate to you in ways a non-ugly person could never understand.”
Mullet Passions: Online dating for mullet enthusiasts
As if this list couldn’t get any more ridiculous, yes — there’s actually an online dating website for people who still love that insanely outdated “business in the front, party in the back” hairstyle trend. I’m not sure how great the matches will be since Mullet Passions is targeted to such a segmented group of people, but at least it’s totally free to sign up, so you have nothing to lose. Believe it or not, this site is part of a network of over 250 other niche sites for online dating — from pirate enthusiasts and scuba divers, to truckers and redheads.
Sea Captain Date: Online dating for people who love sailing
If you’re a man or woman interested in dating a sea captain, or if you’re a sea captain yourself, then the Sea Captain Date website is everything you need to find your perfect soulmate! That’s right, you can connect with other lovers of the sea for dating, friendship, penpal writing, sailing together or just casual sex. The service has apparently been helping thousands of “lonely sea captains” find their match. “In the unforgiving ocean of love,” the site reads, “let us be your lighthouse.”
Equestrian Cupid: Online dating for cowboys and cowgirls
Farmers Only offers a nice solution to rural singles, but for those who want to get even more specific about their love for farm animals — specifically horses — there’s Equestrian Cupid. You can sign up to find other like-minded singles who love nothing more than getting out on a trail with the hooves of their horse galloping beneath them and the wind blowing through their hair. Even if you don’t exactly consider yourself to be the most experienced horseback rider, you can still sign up, as long as you have a genuine interest in horses.
DiaperMates: Online dating for adult babies
Well, I had the save the creepiest for last. Diaper Mates is an online dating site for people who are into the adult baby lifestyle/fetish and like wearing diapers. Don’t even think about signing up unless you’re willing to trade in your underwear for a diaper perhaps every once in a while. You can connect with matches, browse through top-rated members, watch videos, chat live, view photos and participate in polls for all sorts of diaper-related stuff. Hey, if there’s a market for it, then why not?