For 20 years, online dating has offered people the chance to find a companion without dealing with the agony of face-to-face rejection. No matter how specific — or potentially off-putting — your criteria of a soul mate might be, there’s likely a website for you.
If you’re turning to the web for a date, a report in The Washington Post indicates that this month will bring your best chances. Between New Year’s Day and Valentine’s Day will see more fish in the online dating sea than at any other time this year.
The most popular dating websites are Match, Plenty of Fish and Zoosk, according to online traffic statistics, but if you have more specific tastes, you may want to check out these services:
If you’re a man that’s got a thing for Russian women, this is the online dating service for you. Anastasia Date boasts over 1 million users and aims to “connect Western men with the most exquisite and available ladies from Russia.”
No, it’s not a dating website for tech-savvy horses; it’s dedicated to hooking up horse lovers. NBC once called this website “Cupid on Horseback.”
George Costanza's dream come true. If you’re a follicly-challenged man or woman, look this one up and you’ll be set up with a person who appreciates a smooth scalp.
Yes, that’s it’s actual name. A promotion for this service reads: “Romance and mudding go hand-in-hand at Redneck Dating Service.” Find your camouflage-clad Romeo or Juliet at this website.
If you’ve always wanted to date a pilot or a flight attendant, there’s a dating website for that. “Never fly solo again,” is the slogan for this website aimed at aviators. From private pilots to air traffic controllers — “They are all here,” boasts the site’s homepage.
This site, also known as Jewish Mingle, refers to itself as the premier Jewish singles community online. If its cheeky tagline, “Get Chosen,” doesn’t hook you then the homepage image of an adorable couple sharing matzo ball likely will.
The homepage of JDate.com. (2015 / JDate)
Over 150,000 HIV-positive members use this website. This service is sponsored by the publishers of POZ Magazine, a publication dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness.
In many ways, online dating services are about providing a safe haven to users. This site is no different, as it’s dedicated to cancer survivors looking for a mate — eliminating some of the awkwardness that could go with stepping back into the dating pool.
Launched in 2013 as a possible answer to the popular website BlackPeopleMeet.com, this site exclusively for white users raised the issue of racism immediately. There are just over 1,000 members of this site.
This site is dedicated to finding mates for plus-sized users. Its slogan reads: “Bigger. Sexier. Better.”
Tired of dating carnivores who devour an entire bloody steak before expecting you to kiss them? If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, this might be the best site for you to join. It even welcomes raw-foodists, fruitarians and macrobiotics … whatever that means.
“Where wealth and beauty find each other.” The site promises to hook you up with a wealthy mate, or someone who appreciates status. The website claims it uses a “wealth verification system” to help you find the right match.
Clint Davis is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.