If you haven’t been in a coma, you must be aware of the growth of internet dating services. One would be hard pressed to watch much television and not be bombarded with commercials for EHarmony and Match.com and maybe you’ve also seen promos for Our Time, a site for older singles, Christian Mingle, which claims to have God working to find your perfect mate, or JDate for Jewish singles.
The success of these sites has spawned a horde of other online dating services and the trend has been to provide you with a match based on some very specialized, some might say weird, aspects of your personality. Here are eleven sites that border on the bizarre.
Trek Passions – If you’re one of those Trekkies who believe that Star Trek and Star Wars were not just entertainment, but a lifestyle to be lived, this site with pair you up with a spacey lover, which should allow you to go places you’ve never gone before.
Scientific Match – In love with yourself? Want to find someone exactly like you? Check out this service, which analyzes your DNA and finds someone whose genetic make-up is close to your own. While it costs $2,000 to have the tests and the match-up done, you may be able to disprove that old adage that opposites attract.
Darwin Dating – If you’ve an admirer of the eugenics approach to dating, you’re a perfect candidate for this site, which features a photo of a Nazi soldier and a swastika on its homepage. The site promises to weed out the ugly and the unattractive and provide you with only superior lovers.
Asexualistic – Have you noticed that you really don’t have a sex drive? Then join others like yourself on this site for a strictly platonic relationship with no pressure to perform sexually.
You And I Abstain – On the other hand, maybe you have a sex drive, but you really don’t want to turn it loose yet. This site is for folks who value their virginity and aren’t ready to go all the way.
Discreet Adventures – Marriage can really put a crimp in your dating scene, but now there’s a place to meet others who want to enjoy both wedded bliss and the fun of dating. This site provides privacy and security to keep your cheating a secret.
Meet An Inmate – This site hooks you up with a prison inmate as a pen pal. If you’re the type who is attracted to the bad boy or girl, this is for you.
Find Your FaceMate – Narcissists everywhere can now find someone who looks a lot like them. This site uses facial recognition technology to match you up with someone who closely resembles you. You may never have to look in the mirror again.
Meet An Ostomate – For those who have had ostomy surgery and would like to date only others who also have had the procedure. Sounds a little strange, but the site has 5,000 member from 50 countries.
No Longer Lonely – Your mental illness will not longer be a barrier to dating and an active social life if you go to this site, designed for the mentally ill only.
Date My Pet – No, this site doesn’t feature human-animal dating. The idea is that you can get a date for your pet and yourself, a kind of new wave double dating.
As specialized as these sites are, I predict that niche marketing will soon explore even weirder recesses of society. Right now it’s wide open for sites devoted to lovers of zombies, vampires, rednecks, homeless people, sex addicts, gun lovers, bookworms, porn addicts, and the list goes on and on.