Dating Sites for Smart People: A Guide to Niche Dating for Singles

The following is a brief analysis of dating/singles websites that are designed to bring nerds, dorks, geeks, or whatever you want to call “smart, quirky” people together for casual dating or long-term relationships (most of the sites leaning toward the former).

Nerd Passions

This online dating sphere is for those who consider themselves (or possibly are considered by others) to be geeky, nerdy, dorky, or however you choose to define this gro0up of people that in most social situation are considered to be outcasts. Basically, judging from the homepage alone, the term geek or nerd in this context is supposed to define the super intelligent, overly studious and maybe just the awkward, eccentric folks. The brunette girl on the homepage is adjusting her stereotypical thick nerdy glasses and the site describes itself as “boldly eschewing the shackles of conventional popularity, a place to embrace your nerdiness. This site definitely seems quality and worth the time it takes to fill out an enticing profile- that is, as long as you can keep up with the rest of the smarties. Your geekiness will be put to the test in the free chat room or forum (or even more so through the site Instant Messenger) when you are asked to discuss your favorite books and favorite websites. And you better work hard on that profile, for people can search by keywords and some of the most popular sear5ches today alone were certainly bizarre and unlikely when it comes to what most people look for in a date. Among the typical “busty” and bisexual” people also searched for “physics”, “Lincoln”, “Lovecraft”, “Geology” Matrix” and “seti”. Who puts “Matrix” in their profile except those hardcore fans of Keanu Reeves? Or for that matter, Lincoln? Nerd Passions is fascinating, well designed and plenty of geeky members. And better yet, everything you do there is free! (Or so they say).

Nerdlicious

nerdlicious is classified and searchable as a dating site for geeks and you guessed it, nerds. But really it belongs tucked in somewhere among the new age or metaphysical site listings. It’s $9 to join and the contingency is that you have to be out there truly seeking true love. The nine bucks entitles you to some form of application, which you download “instantly! To receive the best messages!” From the other statements by the company, it appears that the communication between members takes place through some sort of cosmic webring and implies that if you follow some general optional rules, plus your intuition, you will be sure to meet that true love you’re so desperately looking for. Looks interesting in concept, but not recommended. The size of the community is unknown and you might end up with a couple stalkers. The site declares itself perfectly to be both “cosmic and ridiculous.” Conclusion here is to save the nine bucks and take the next hottie you see out to the movies.

Geek Check

Geek Check, also titled Brenda’s dating Advice Four Geeks” comes up as a dating site for geeks and technically it lends to that genre, but upon a closer look you will see that it is more of an example of someone’s (Brenda’s I suppose) personal dating blog in a non-blog format. There are many links to advice about dating and funny quips from Brenda herself, horror stories, etc but there doesn’t appear to be any way to connect with others. Nevertheless, the site is fairly amusing and especially so because Brenda doesn’t take herself too seriously. Worth checking out if you want a chuckle but don’t expect to meet your long lost soul mate- or anyone. Oh and don ‘t tempt yourself to view the site of the month (from December_ featured on the upper4 left (now you wont be able to resist, but trust me, you’ll get nightmares). This “Precious little tune about stalking’ by the Sketch TV Orchestra is supposed to be a funny take on obsessed stalker type men but is really a music video describing in detail really screwed up desires of the singer that are de3signed to be funny and mock clichÃ?© but are just down right disturbing. No one says jokes like these out loud.

Right Stuff Dating

The Right Stuff, upon browsing the site to a mildly in-depth degree, looks just like what it is: An “exclusive” singles dating site. Exclusive meaning if you aren’t an alumni or faculty member of one of the 59 elite colleges listed on the site, don’t bother even considering signing up. A lovely illustrate lady and gentleman under a pretty pink parasol greet you on the Right Stuff’s homepage. It is unclear whether any fees are required but you must send in authentic forms to prove your “elite” status before you are allowed access. As if this weren’t restrictive and arrogant enough, there is a slight implication (though one can’t be positive)_ that anything but heterosexual romance was encouraged. This is based on the promise that “all members of the opposite sex” will see your profile. Does this not suggest that only the “opposite sex” would be interested? Very likely so. Not recommended. Unless you’re admittedly pompous and want to show off your prestige.

Square Dating

Square Dating, apparently formerly known as TheSquare, is similar to The Right Stuff but the rules don’t seem as rigid, the community seems a bit more down to earth and there is no implication that the membership is free. You still have to be an alumni or faculty member of certain prestigious schools, the list being pretty much the same as The Right Stuff’s, but there doesn’t’ appear to be the documentation approval required. It seems they take your word that you went to a certain school and if you are lying it is up to you to break the it to the gullible male or female you begin courting. Square Dating is just like most of the other dating sites, where you have to pay to do anything worthwhile, but unlike the majority of them this particular one only requires one of the two communicating individuals to have a paid membership. If you have a free one, you can send an “icebreaker” and also receive and respond to messages, you just cannot send one of your own. This seems pretty fair. Oh, and they acknowledge homosexuality. Subscriptions cost $24.95/month, $49.95/3months, and $99.95/year.

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