Alternative Dating Sites

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Alternative Dating Sites
Ethnic dating sites provide potential matches within a specific racial or cultural group. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

You've tried conventional online dating, but you have had limited or no luck finding potential partners. If you happen to be black, or gay, or have some other characteristic or preference that narrows your selection of dating partners, general Internet dating sites may not be your best choice. As it turns out, alternative dating sites exist for nearly every dating niche.

Ethnic, Cultural and Religious Dating Sites

Many members of online dating sites want to date others of their own race, ethnic group or religion. This is especially true of white singles, according to Science Daily, summarising research from the University of California at Berkeley. Speciality sites such as JDate and Black Singles give individuals the opportunity to search for potential dating partners within a preselected database. Speciality dating sites may also increase the number of dating prospects for particular groups, such as black females. Black women often receive few or no responses on general dating sites, even from black males, according to "OKTrends."

Mature Dating Sites

Online dating is not just for twenty-somethings. Men and women over age 50 are the fastest-growing demographic group using online social networking sites, according to "AARP the Magazine." Fully half of all baby boomers have posted profiles on one or more social networking platforms. Although older daters can and do use general dating sites, especially for older women, the odds of finding a suitable match are better on a dating site that caters to mature singles, such as Single Friend Finder.

Gay and Lesbian Dating Sites

Gay and lesbian singles face their own challenges when using general dating sites. Although many websites allow users to specify that they are seeking partners of the same gender, many people hesitate to do so. There is a very real risk of suffering adverse personal or professional consequences from stating a preference for a same-sex partner on a public dating website if someone is even partially closeted. There is even some risk for personal safety, Lavender Liaisons states.

Other Alternative Dating Sites

If you are seeking a "no-strings" sexual encounter or if you have a sexually transmitted disease, general online dating sites often yield limited prospects if you state your preferences upfront. Alternative dating sites such as X-Matches on the "Chicago Reader" or STD Match removes much of the awkwardness of disclosing your personal circumstances to someone who might be unreceptive. However, individuals who decide to use alternative dating sites should be especially careful about maintaining personal safety. Check out anyone you plan to meet in person, XBiz advises.

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