Would you date someone with an STD? Would you want them to be honest about it? Honesty is understood at PositiveSingles.com, an online dating community for those who reject a life of seclusion as part of their STD-prognosis. Whether they have HPV or HIV, members can use Positive Singles to find romance, friendship, or simply support. Each member's specific STD is cited on their profile alongside otherwise-standard information, and users can sift through profiles by searching for specific STDs or any other information. Genital herpes and HPV seem to be most prevalent on the site, according to a Love Buzz browse. As for profiles, photos can be posted but are not necessary, making anonymity totally possible. But, by and large, you'd be hard-pressed to find a member with horns, or any scarlet letter whatsoever. In fact, most members who post pictures are pretty good-looking–so much so that the vast number of photo-free profiles is a bit disappointing.
Earlier this week, I wrote about a questionable Craigslist personal ad that a supposed "SWF "had posted, listing her highly specific requirements for a man. Thankfully, the ad—calling for a man with such particular qualities as owning three to five North Face items—was fake. Boinkology created the listing to test how well a neurotically picky woman would fare in the online dating sea. Apparently, the response was surprisingly positive.
When looking for love, most singles leave no stone unturned. There are more and more creative ways to meet men—speed dating, singles rock-climbing, Facebook—but while online dating has made placing personal ads de rigueur, blind dates still get a bad rap. While no one wants to listen to their dental hygienist's neighbor's son snort laugh through dinner, a thoughtful setup—done right—can get you a pleasant evening, and maybe the love of your life.
If you're sick of meeting meshuganas online and you're ready to find a real mensch, then JDate.com wants you to stop kvetshing and join their international online dating community of over 650,000 Jewish (and many non-Jewish) singles. While JDate was created in 1997 to help Jews find their besherts, singles of every faith are finding JDate to be a real brocheh.
Sugardaddie.com has helped thousands of Sugar Daddies share the fruits of their labor with Sugar Babes in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia since 2002. A Sugar Daddie/Babe relationship is a "close, yet non-committed relationship with an affluent man who is a mentor/benefactor or friend to a woman," says the site. If users seek men or women as rich in romance as in, well, riches, they can say so on their profile, which include photos and standard stats such as age, location, and occupation.
Many young, single people of faith are tired of soulless bars, meaningless speed dating events, and the manipulations of secular online dating. They know what they care about, and they feel they run the best chance of meeting their soul mates if they go to places where their souls are nourished.
...all brighteyed and bushytailed, I earnestly asked a boy who had verbalized (sober...in my bed....snuggling me) boyfriend/girlfriend relationship status, and what happened? Request ignored. After a few days, I decided to find out if it had been lost in his mail or something. "You didn't approve my in-a-relationship request...?" I ventured. Visions of the guys I know without any definitive relationship status whatsoever online, who cheat on their out-of-town girlfriends because local girls are none the wiser, danced in my head. "I...just...don't like...being public about stuff," he mumbled. Harrumph. Okay, not really the I-like-you-and-I-want-everyone-to-know-it enthusiasm a girl needs.
Fitness-singles.com is a niche online dating site launched in August 2003 to help single fitness fanatics find each other--without letting their passion for flying trapeze or football, rope skipping or rollerblading, paint-balling or Pilates, get in the way. It's free to create a profile, which includes your top three (of 97) primary fitness activities, as common as jogging and as extreme as ultra-running. While there's room to select additional activities in an extended profile, there is little room for modesty. Profiles include a section for appearance scaled from "Average" to "Stunning!" and a place for best feature, with a choice of 16 body parts and a "You decide" opt-out. While users can pick only one favorite feature, they can post up to 16 photos. That's one for each favorite part. Phewf.
It took a handful of Harvard alumni to create OKCupid, a site that uses math, psychology and a series of questions to derive a percent compatibility among its members. There's no fine print, no cost and no need for an Ivy-league degree to answer these brain-busters, and the more you answer, the higher your potential match percentile can be.
More than one million singles have logged on to the Lavalife, which claims to be the online dating site "where singles click." Cute. So hold onto your hats, folks, and get ready for this: whatever you're looking for (Date? Relationship? Fling?), Lavalife.com will hook it up. Amen to online dating. All cynicism aside, here's what Lavalife has going for it: the site separates users by what they're looking for, casual dating, a relationship or an intimate encounter. Other sites boast similar breakdowns but Lavalife goes one step furthur, using the same system to organize articles Click, its online magazine. Lavalife features a city guide, as well as LavalifePrime for singles over 45. An unscientific Love Buzz survey found that most regular members range from early twenties to late thirties.
So what's with all the vampire love fangfare (sorry, couldn't resist), anyway? Well, for entertainment bigwigs, what better characters to invest in than those that never age? All My Children producers were ahead of the curve on this one when they hired Susan Lucci. As for the audience, we get love stories that involve temptation, restraint, eternal love and blood-sucking danger. It's almost like watching Survivor, except better.
So, when checking out SweetonGeeks.com, a site billing itself as "A Dating Space Where Gray Matters," I was expecting to encounter a bunch of trendy geek touches, like thick-rimmed glasses and Battlestar Galactica discussion forums. Mensa ads on the home page and a browse through the site's video links (a girl completing a Rubicks Cube in 17 seconds, an animated "Code Monkey" music video) assured me SweetonGeeks is not for "feeks" (faux geeks), and that only the truly nerdy need apply. Adding further to its geek cred is the founder, who once sought geek love himself. He writes on the site about knowing he'd found his wife when "he met a girl who at first seemed like all the rest. Until, she laughed with a snort and a chortle at his Star Wars references."
A mediocre-looking guy recently approached my sister, a hesitant JDate subscriber, online. After a brief chat, the strangers decided to take things to the next level. Sex? No. Facebook? Yes. They exchanged names and allowed the inter-network stalking to begin. A day or so later, my sister burst into laughter at a Facebook message she'd received a video message from the JDate boy. Playing the piano and singing (in a surprisingly good voice, I might add) he began: Here I am writing strange girls messages via video, via song, but only because you looked like someone I'd like to talk to more.