Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dating Services for All Kinds; So Many Online Sites Abound and the ,Cypunters' Are Getting Picky

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dating Services for All Kinds; So Many Online Sites Abound and the ,Cypunters' Are Getting Picky

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NICHE dating sites Co including one for the apocalyptically minded Co are booming. Simon Usborne cuts the small talk to find out why

It can be hard to impress a date in a bunker with tinned food and a human-waste compactor. But there is hope for people looking for love despite believing the end of the world is nigh. Survivalist Singles, an American website for amorous doomsayers, is among dozens of niche dating services enjoying an unlikely boom in popularity. GSOH? Fine, but if you're not a farmer, cat lover, married, or a fan of Ayn Rand, you're out of luck.

The niche dating scene is similarly buoyant in Britain, and considerably more positive about the future. UniformDating

.com has a disproportionately visible presence in TV ad breaks for C[pounds sterling]the UK's premium dating service where you can find lots of women and men in uniformC[yen], but reports a growing membership.

Elsewhere online, in a global industry worth an estimated $5 billion, there are sites designed for most religions (JDate, for Jewish singletons in the UK, has been around for more than 10 years), rich people, horsey people and even married people Co Undercoverlovers.com has more than 500,000 members and last week unveiled posters it plans to release at the same time as the Euro 2012 football championships in Poland and Ukraine this summer. The ads feature photos of Wayne Rooney and John Terry and say: C[pounds sterling]After scoring at home, time to play away!C[yen]

Almost one in five newly married couples now report starting their relationship with the click of a mouse. Once seen as the preserve of the desperate, online dating has tipped into the mainstream. But now it's no longer enough to tick boxes to state interests on general dating sites. Tracey Cox, who writes about relationships and sex, says she is not surprised by the rise of more specialised services. …

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