Browsing through the endless sea of dating profiles can sometimes make you feel a little lost, like all these people are missing that one thing that could make them your special someone. Maybe it’s a hobby you’re super passionate about or their opinions on your domesticated animal of choice doesn’t quite align with yours. It’s a bummer, but you keep on, hoping to find that striking individual who enjoys the same brand of weird as you.
You shouldn’t have to settle for the generic Match.com or OKCupid routine if it’s not showing the results you desire. If there’s one thing the Internet knows best, it’s niches. Highly-specific niches.
I’ve done the research (for science!) and I present to you the most oddly-specific dating sites for all your romance needs.
Taste compatibility is actually more important in a relationship than you might think. Since dining out is a social activity, nothing can kill the sparks faster than a total taste bud mis-match. And if you’re a food admirer? Just forget it. I mean, what if your new fling doesn’t even like salad? You might not find out until after you’re already falling head-over-heels in love. Never fear, SaladMatch is here! Well, on iPhone at least. Just put in your preferred ingredients and let the salad analytics work their magic. Unfortunately, vegetarians might not experience the same level of satisfaction, so instead of skimming through profiles of chicken Caesar fans and bacon ranch lovers, VeggieDate has you covered. And if all else fails, there’s always these clever cheese personals to match you with your ideal cheese.
Take the previous entry. Now pretend like I wrote it specifically for book lovers. Or hardcore audiophiles. Or Apple fanboys/girls. Does that make me lazy? Probably. But if you feel a serious inclination to date someone who loves the same novels that speak to you on a personal level, or listens to the same music that you belt out in your car during your commute, or has the same, inexplicable love of aesthetically pleasing yet overpriced electronics, you’re probably too busy signing up for these sites to really care. On a related note, I’d like to see how long it takes for someone to create an algorithm to match all of these interests at once.
When it comes to dating, honesty is the best policy. But if you want a shot at love in the online dating world, professing your absolute obsession with anime, your interest in painting tiny Warhammer 40k figurines, or describing your ideal day as spending your every waking moment camped in front of your computer playing Skyrim until you pass out from exhaustion (I mean, come on! Stop giving out quests, already), is probably not going to score you a truckload of dates.
Since it’s perfectly reasonable to want to share your life with someone who can geek out with the best of you without feeling self-conscious in a space where you are supposed to represent yourself to potential mates, you can count your blessings that there are so many nerdy dating sites at your disposal, including the all-purpose Geek2Geek, a Star Trek themed romp, and even this site for fans of Live Action Roleplay (LARP).
Must Love Dogs. Or Cats. Whatever, man. Pets are Rad.
Your furbabies are precious to you, isn’t that right Mr. Pickles? (Yes it is! Yes it is!) If you pre-screen your future romantic conquests for pet allergies prior to agreeing to anything, you probably want to check out PetPeople. It’s bound to be full of the kind of person who knows just the right way to scratch your beloved fluffykins without all the sneezing and complaining that the house is coated with fur and dust bunnies the size of actual bunnies (Like, chill out already. It’s only 5 cats and dog, NBD). Of course we know that it’s not all sunshine and lollipops in pet ownership land, especially while the infamous cats vs. dogs debate still rages on. Luckily, this is a battle you CAN choose, with Purrsonals and You Must Love Dogs, respectively.
Last but not least, we’ve got these honorable mentions that speak volumes in name alone:
420 Dating for when you need a hookup with a hookup; STD Match who really want to share everything with their partners; FindYourFaceMate will hook narcissists up with a splitting image of their visage; and Ghost Singles promises to find you a mate beyond this mortal realm. Just kidding about the last one (or am I?)
If you aren’t completely overwhelmed, there’s an aggregator site that connects with 206 niche dating communities. But hey, at least there’s something for everyone!