Tuesday 26 January 2021

From Bristlr to TrekDating: Find Love On A Niche Dating Site

Pia Strobel and Dale Graff, the couple met on GlutenFreeSingles. Photograph: Jessica Lowry for the Guardian
Pia Strobel and Dale Graff, the couple met on GlutenFreeSingles. Photograph: Jessica Lowry for the Guardian

QDATING – We’ve all heard of match.com, OKCupid and Tinder. But where do you go if you’re looking for a very tall vegetarian who likes silent movies? As increasing numbers of us go online to find love – match.com alone now has 59 million users – our requirements are getting narrower.

We need a way to sort through thousands of profiles and put aside the “time wasters”, says Bradley Mills of Tip Top Dating Services, which manages more than 100 niche dating sites including TallerSingles and ShorterSingles. “Otherwise you get bombarded with people you’re just not interested in.”

- Advertisement -

For those who are picky about hair colour, there’s Redheaddates or dateginger. Moustache-lovers are catered for by stachepassions – the site is even divided by style, including Walrus, Dali and Pencil. And while Uniformdating.com might sound like it caters to those with a fetish for helmets or tabards, it is in fact for people with busy lives: “When you have unsociable shift patterns, a demanding job, or you’re stationed overseas, finding love can be tricky,” the site acknowledges.

 Angela Petrovic and Connor Jupp who met on Bristlr, a dating site for beard lovers and those with beards. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer
Angela Petrovic and Connor Jupp who met on Bristlr, a dating site for beard lovers and those with beards. Photograph: Sophia Evans for the Observer

There are niche dating sites that cater to pretty much every passion you can imagine, including vampires, clowns and Disney lovers – yes, adult ones. There’s even a site for those who work in the death industry, Dead Meet, started by mortuary worker Carla Valentine. “I noticed people who did similar jobs gravitated towards each other,” Valentine says, “an embalmer was dating the mortuary manager, a mortuary technician was dating an undertaker. If you both do the same thing, there are no silences over dinner or shocked expressions when you describe how bad your day was. But sometimes you need to cast the net a bit further than your immediate working circle.”

So does it work? Can a passion for beards really form the foundations for lasting love? We tracked down five very particular couples to find out.

- Advertisement -

Continue reading theGuardian.com about the beard lovers who met on Bristlr, the hikers who met on OutdoorLads, the sci-fi fans who met on TrekDating, the couple who met on GlutenFreeSingles, and the music lovers who met on Tastebuds.

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

In Costa Rica, reports of OVNIs (UFOs) increased during the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Sometimes it's just birds, drones, helium balloons, and even...

IMF loan must be approved in the Assembly no later than the beginning of June

QCOSTARICA - The Legislative Assembly must approve the US$1.75 billion dollar...

MOST READ

“You come to me” President Alvarado tells Congress

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado has asked Congress to go to him, at Casa Presidencial, if they want to question him for...

Update on the Extension of Entry Stamps

CORRECTION: Tourists arriving up to November 30, 2020 and not October 31, 2020 have their stay automatically extended to March 02, 2021. QCOSTARICA - A...

For every ¢100 that is collected in taxes, Costa Rica spends ¢ 50 to pay public employees

QCOSTARICA - 50% of the tax revenue collected by the Ministry of Finance is used to pay the salaries of public employees, according to...

130 laboratories have authorization to perform covid-19 tests in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health and the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT) joined forces to provide facilities to people who want or need...

Alleged Colombian narco wanted by the United States was arrested in Escazú

QCOSTARICA - Agents from the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) stationed at the Interpol-San José National Central Office detained, this Friday, a 51-year-old Colombian...

In Costa Rica, reports of OVNIs (UFOs) increased during the pandemic

QCOSTARICA - Sometimes it's just birds, drones, helium balloons, and even ridiculous flying saucers. But on other occasions, after taking a photograph or a...

Zompopas: Costa Rica’s Leafcutter Ants

QCOSTARICA - Leafcutter ants are ubiquitous in Costa Rica, except for the higher elevations. They are known commonly as zompopas. In some countries they are...

Costa Rica and Panama in times of Coronavirus

The worldwide pandemic has devastated the world’s health care systems. Poorer and underdeveloped countries have especially been hit hard by the current health crisis. For...

Covid-19 maintains ‘high’ pressure on hospitals despite slight decrease in hospitalized patients

QCOSTARICA - Between the different hospitals of the Caja, an average of 20 land transfers and at least one air transfer of patients with...

Want to stay up to date with the latest?

We would love to hear from you! Please fill in your details and get updates daily in your mailbox. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.