There's someone out there for everyone. And there's also an app out there for everyone. The online dating space has exploded in recent years, with a category that generates over $2 billion a year, is growing 5% year on year and has fundamentally changed the way we find love. There is a dating site for any niche you could imagine; nudists (Naturist Passion), horse lovers (Equestrian Cupid), Mile High Club fans (Wingman), video chat fiends (Coffee meets Bagel) and even vampires (Vampire Passion). And that's just the beginning. As finding love is so high on so many people's wishlist, it's no wonder the category continues to evolve. Here are some of the most intriguing dating apps and sites out there.
1. Settle For Love
As the name suggests, this is all about embracing your imperfections and acknowledging that you actually have to 'settle' in order to settle down. Users are asked to upload both good and bad pictures of themselves, as well as talk about their positive and not-so-positive traits.
This app will pair uses over their preferences in salad. Started by NYC restaurant chain, Just Salad, Salad Match will find you a date. Users login through Facebook and share their favorite salad, their preferred lunchtime location and time and Salad Match serves up potential matches; complete with their salad of choice and Facebook profile picture.
This app is designed for women who have a thing for beards. As they describe it, they 'Connect those with beards, to those who want to stroke beards'. It's a pretty straightforward premise, but will likely fade once the lumberjack look moves on.
In many ways, this is just like Tinder, except it helps connect you to threesomes. Formerly called 3nder, the app changed its name to curtail a lawsuit from Tinder. The app is for both couples and singles, and verifies individuals through Facebook, without sharing information publicly.
This platform is exclusively for marijuana lovers to connect over all things green. Users can pick their energy level when high (for example, are they a couch potato or avid explorer) and can also choose their preference for consumption (vaping, smoking or ingesting). CEO Todd Mitchem created the app after a great date abruptly ended, once he mentioned he smoked pot.
This site is exclusively for ugly people, or those who like to date ugly people. The site touts itself as a platform for those who value genuine personality over outward appearances. And that doesn't sound like such a bad thing.
7. Mullet Passions
If you love mullets, really, really love mullets, this is the place to go. The site wants you to 'surround yourself with people in life who share your passions' - even if that passion is business up front, party in the back.
8. Can Do Better
This surprising concept involves a current couple submitting their picture to the site, the community then votes on which of the couple 'could do better' and the 'winner' then gets submitted to the site. It's a harsh breakup tactic, but takes gaming to the next level.
9. Herpes Fish
This site is for people who already have herpes. It's designed to bypass those awkward STI conversations and allow lovers to get on with what they do best.
10. Marry Me Already
To join this site, you have to be ready to get married. There's no casual dating allowed, so users can jump straight into a relationship that's ready to walk down the aisle.