Remember when online dating in itself seemed like a wild concept, only to be used by those who were fearless in their quest for love and or sex? Well, here we are in 2015 when online dating is the new norm for most single people looking to change their status. Sites like Match, Plenty of Fish, E-Harmony, or apps like Tinder and Grindr are probably the first that come to mind when you think of online dating, but there's a whole other world out their of unconventional dating sites for unconventional people.
There are an estimated 54,250,000 single people in the United States alone, and 49,250,000 people in the US have tried online dating. While the thought of all those single people might make you sad, it makes the people who profit from online dating sites VERY happy. But then again, how could you not be happy when you're part of an industry that generates over $1,749,000,000 in revenue EACH YEAR! Too bad money can't buy love, isn't it?
While they may make up a smaller portion of that revenue, there are dating sites that cater to people with very specific interests, who might not be able to find what they're looking for on "regular" dating sites. Lucky for these people, there are enough other people like them to make a website for their specifics dating interests necessary. Here are 15 dating sites for those with unconventional desires.
For anyone who has ever dreamed of finding love with a convicted criminal who is still serving time for their crimes, this is the site for you. Women Behind Bars asks you to become a "ray of hope" in a female inmate's life. For $4, you can request a specific inmate's address, and begin your correspondence from there.While the site shares several "success" stories between pencils, not so surprisingly, it also has a "warnings" header for people considering it. The site owner shared that they experience problems with inmates lying about the age of or who is in the pictures, understating their age, shorting her release date, lying about race, and lying to get money. However, one might assume that the people looking for love with inmates aren't too interested in them for the quality of their character.
For science-minded individuals who take the romantic "chemistry" very literally, Scientific Match would have been the choice for you, but sadly, it is no longer up and running. For "just" $2,000, you would a lifetime membership to this site, which involves a complete DNA analysis, to match you effectively. The lab that analyzes your sample is CLIA/ASH-accredited, and they promised to destroy the sample when they're through with it. The benefits of finding a mate through DNA analysis were listed to include: a more satisfying sex life that included more plentiful orgasms, children with stronger immune systems, and the woman would be unlikely to cheat. As romantic as scientific matching sounds, apparently not enough single-folk were into paying $2,000 for DNA analysis to find their mate.
With a tagline like "Online dating minus ugly people," it's bound to be a classy site. And Darwin Dating certainly doesn't limit itself in its shallow nature. Not only will users be matched with someone deemed attractive enough to use the site, they can also be assured that person is equally as shallow. The site uses a "Chimp Scale" to determine unattractiveness, and if you don't qualify as good-looking enough, no Darwin Dating for you. The site shares that people with fat rolls, men with large hips, women with saggy breasts, people with gap teeth, and even men with small jaws are not allowed on the site. At least we know those people deserve each other!
No, it isn't a diaper delivery service. Daily Diapers matches up individuals who want to be dressed and treated like a baby (yes, including diaper-wearing) with other adult babies. The site claims it has over 25,500 users, including couples, who have a fetish for paraphilic infantilism (or adult baby syndrome). Those who enjoy this fetish can get together and be big babies without the fear of being judged by those who don't understand. Along the way, they just might find love with a fellow adult baby. There's a mailing list for those who want to keep up to date on adult baby news, and there are even resources for places to buy adult baby clothes and supplies.There really is a market for everything!
If you've been out to a group dinner lately, you'll probably recall that at least one person asked the waiter for a gluten-free menu because of their "gluten intolerance." It is certainly a growing trend that some people diagnose for themselves, but there are also many people who truly suffer from Celiac disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease in the small intestine that is caused by a reaction to the gluten protein that is found in wheat. Going out to eat can be a struggle for gluten-free folks, but luckily they can find a mate who experiences the same difficulties on Gluten Free Singles. When two gluten free singles find a match with each other, they will enjoy the ease that comes with dating a person with the same condition, and who understands the illness. This site may sound bizarre, but some estimates say up to 1 in 100 people are Celiac, so there truly are plenty of gluten free fish in the sea.
Their tag line is "Everybody loves a clown... let a clown love you" and if that doesn't sound utterly horrifying to you, this just might be the perfect dating site for you! Luckily, joining is free, and once you've begun you can chat and arrange dates with other clowns. At the very least, you know your date will be entertaining. Clown Dating shares on its page that they know how hard it can be for clowns who are often on the road to find love with one another, but thanks to their site, it's a little bit easier. And, if you don't happen to be a clown yourself but just so happen to find them super sexy, you can still use the site! One question though, how do two clowns wearing red noses kiss each other?
Hot sauce lovers rejoice! There is now a dating site just for you. Find a mate who loves the delicious, burning pain hot sauce has to offer, and you're set for life. Maybe you could even buy in bulk together at Costco to save money on your hot sauce habit. The site is free to join, and while you're looking for a lover who loves hot sauce like you do, you can also browse their hot sauce resources. These resources include links to video games, books, and movies on hot sauce. So, as if it isn't bizarre enough that there's a site to match hot sauce lovers, there are even video games about hot sauce. If both loving hot sauce was a strong enough link to make a love match, the divorce rate probably wouldn't be as high as it is.
There isn't a better example of the weird time we live in than the fact that there is an online dating site for Amish people, who are traditionally anti-technology. This technological world we are living in has wrapped its fingers around even those we never thought it would. On Amish Dating Online, Amish users (females are called bonnets, and men are called beards) can match with each other and explore their common interests. There are resources on the site for those unfamiliar with Amish culture, explaining the vast differences within it, as well as its dating customs. According to the website, the Amish community is rapidly growing, so it would seem that these Amish dating customs are turning relationships into marriages and families quite effectively.
Are you a sea captain who struggles to find love with anything other than the ocean? Well, good news! Sea Captain Date is here to help. The site is specifically designed to match sea captains to "connect with men and women who share a love of the sea." And apparently, that's a whole lot of people, as the site boasts it has thousands of users, including 10,000 who are sea captains themselves. You can search for a first mate within a certain distance (measured in nautical miles, of course) and just maybe you'll find a good match. The CEO of the website, which has been running since 2007, shares the site's purpose: "In the unforgiving ocean of love, let us be your lighthouse." Clever.
If you live in fear of becoming a crazy, lonely, cat lady, there's a dating site that has set out to make sure you're just a crazy cat lady, but not a lonely one! Their tagline is "Meet other cat lovers who really match your purrsonality, and share your passion for cats." While there are a lot of people out there who love cats, there are also a lot of people who don't, or simply can't, thanks to pesky allergies. This site guarantees that you won't begin a relationship with someone who considers your cats (or cats) to be a deal breaker, ensuring your relationship will exist in feline harmony. It's free to join, and once you do, you will also receive a free cat care e-book. Meow!
If you've always dreamed of getting breast implants but the required funds stand in your way, this might be the site for you. On My Free Implants, women can register and swap custom photos and videos with male users, in exchange for implant funds. The site says you can "make a difference for as little as $1." How inspiring! Payments generated through the site are payable to board-certified plastic surgeons, and since the site was created in 2005, it says over 1,200 women have paid for their implants with it. You can also browse the stories of women who have earned their implants on the site, and it will tell you how long it took to do so. Some women share they have raised over $8,000 in eight months, while others have done so in just four months. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!
For those rejected by Darwin Dating, the Ugly Bug Ball might be a good route for you to take. The site boasts that they have over 1 million users from around the world, all of who are "aesthetically average" and looking for love with other non-supermodels. For the aesthetically average who are seeking something fun with no strings attached, they also offer the "Naughty Bug Ball." Whichever you choose, you'll at least be guaranteed your partner is humble. It's an interesting time we live in when there needs to be dating sites differentiating between those who are aesthetically blessed and those who are not, but the beauty of these sites is that everyone who joins them has the same mindset about at least one thing.
Vampersonal's claim to fame is the "largest online gothic and vampire dating site on the net." It works like most other sites, except you're searching for love from someone who will "shine within the dark for you." As strange as a vampire dating site sounds, what would be even stranger is swiping through Tinder and coming across a person with fangs and a cape. Seeing Dracula's profile on e-Harmony sounds pretty entertaining, though. The users on Vampersonals may look slightly frightening or at least different than what most of us are used to, but the site assures its users that they "don't bite... too hard." Good to know.
If you're anything like me and you don't know much, if anything, about science fiction giants like Star Trek, Trek Passions probably isn't the right dating site for you. To paraphrase the site's description would do it a great injustice, so here it is verbatim:
'A 100% free SciFi personals & social networking community site for science fiction lovers, including but not limited to lovers of Star Trek and Star Wars. Find others who share your passion for Sci Fi. Meet people who read Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, Robert A. Heinlein, Douglas Adams, Arthur C. Clarke & more. Grok!? Feel like you are always wearing a red shirt in your relationships? In Pon Farr? Whether you are just looking for like-minded friends, someone fun to attend a Sci Fi convention with, or maybe something more, Trek Passions is here for you.'
So, the takeaway from that is if it doesn't take you 35 Google searches to figure out what they're talking about, it is the perfect dating site for you!
It's as strange as it sounds, but Ghost Singles is indeed a dating site for ghosts. Lonely ghosts who are looking for love with other ghosts FINALLY have a place to meet up. Ghost Singles is "a dating site for singles who know how to get a life! Well, an afterlife. Okay, maybe some sort of in-between, nether-world, ethereal existence. But if you're looking for love, and you're dead, Ghost Singles is the site for you." Am I the only one with goosebumps right now? Too bad this site wasn't around for Casper the Friendly Ghost when he needed it. The site is 100% free, and when you sign up you need to share whether you died "horribly, mysteriously, tragically, or suddenly." Perhaps romance IS dead, after all.