If you're looking for love, there's a match-making site for everyone — and I mean everyone — these days. Like Purrsonals, a cat-centric dating site for finicky daters. Or superHarmony.com, a place for us mere mortals to find dates with superheroes, and epic villains.
At the risk of getting too niche-y, creepy, or kinky — here are some of the other new options if you're looking for love with the next generation of online tools.
MILLENNIAL MATCH-MAKING: TAWKIFY
Dating is definitely complicated and not everyone has the time to fill out all of those online profiles. If you wish someone else would do all the hard work for you, Tawkify may be your ideal dating companion. Less of an online dating site and more of a digital dating concierge, Tawkify sets you up with a personal matchmaker who will find your ideal date and make all of the arrangements for your perfect night out.
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Is there a catch? Why yes, there is, it's really expensive! Though it's a bargain price for a personal matchmaker, Tawkify starts at $600 a month – yikes.
GO FOR THE PERFECT DATE: HOW ABOUT WE
A conventional dating site with a twist, How About We has you searching for the date you'd like to go on instead of the person you'd like to go on it with — though you may find the two are one in the same. Individuals post date ideas — and a bit of personal information — and connect with people who are interested in going out. Once you've found your special someone, How About We helps you come up with creative date ideas by suggesting local events and activities.
With the very appealing price of free, it's hard to ignore the appeal of How About We's simple dating service — though the couples service does have fees.
JOIN AN ONLINE SOCIAL CLUB WITH GROUPER
If the endless stream of blind dates you get from many dating services makes you wonder if there's ever going to be any hope, Grouper has an interesting proposition. It gets around the annoyance of setting you up with a lone stranger by making its online "dates" between two groups of three friends — which Grouper matches based on Facebook profiles. And even if the date is a wash, you still get to have a night out with your friends, so the evening isn't a total loss.
While Grouper may not be the perfect match for online dating, it's a great way to get out and meet new people — and all you have to pay is the cost of a round of drinks.
DIGITAL SPEED DATING WITH FLIKDATE
Want to get dating without investing a lot of time? The Flikdate app for Android and iPhone ties into your Facebook profile and lets you instantly connect with other Flikdaters via a 90-second video chat. If you like them, you can hit the "date" button to chat with again or arrange a real life date.
Do 90 second dates really work? Whether your Flikdates are successes or failures, at least you'll know quickly, so you can move on to the next dating adventure. Flikdate is free, but it costs credits to chat — and if you want to go beyond the 25 free credits a day, you'll have to buy more.
LEVERAGE THE POWER OF SOCIAL WITH HINGE
Hinge works with Facebook to find people you'll love based on your social profiles. And these people aren't just strangers — everyone Hinge hooks you up with is a friend of a friend, so you know you're getting a quality connection. When you and a potential match both approve of of one another, you can chat within the app to arrange a meeting or otherwise move things forward. Who knew love could be so easy to find?
Hinge is completely free, but only available in select cities right now. However, if you're not in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, or San Francisco, keep your eyes open — Hinge is still expanding, so look for it in a town near you soon.
NOT FOR YOU?
If you're not ready for a relationship, you could start with something like LovePlus — a virtual girlfriend dating simulator that hooks you up with an all-digital girlfriend. You still have to find time to treat her right, so maybe it works as dating on training wheels.
But if you want something real and don't like the looks of these online dating services, your only recourse is to go back to dating the old-fashioned way — and I have to say that taking your chances with one of these apps may be better than heading down to the bar and hoping for the best.