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The Strangest Dating Sites You've Never Heard Of
In his photo, he appears to be a New York City firefighter. He appears to be a hipster. He appears to be bald. If you listen to reports about online dating, you might think that romance has returned to screens, just in time to save singles from the loneliness of quarantine. The New York Times, always a great champion of technological encroachments into the dating space, has run articles about how online dating is going great in lockdown, while the Washington Post ran a romcom-style piece about video dates, which ended with an IRL kiss. In real real-life, however, straight women seem to be more than a little bit unnerved by the frequency with which they are seeing straight men on dating sites suggesting they meet up, hook up and carry on with business as usual, despite the threat of contagion. The kicker?
But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk. A local council member in Manchester, in the north of England, Leech this year launched a campaign to make online dating companies commit to keeping their users safer. Over the past four years, 17 people in the Greater Manchester area have reported being raped after using one of two apps, Grindr and Tinder, according to police statistics obtained by Leech through a freedom of information request. A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. Is this scaremongering, or is online dating truly putting users in danger?
Thanks to the Internet, love can be found at first click. There are sites for practically every religion and ethnicity, and even sites for redheads and men with mustaches. Click ahead to see 12 unique dating sites that may help you or someone you know find that special someone — in time for Valentine's Day, or any other day. By Michelle Fox Posted 1 February