Most were apparently designed by an 8-year-old with a Mac from 1992, back when animated GIFs were cool and a rotating smiley was the pinnacle of innovation.) The gist: This one seems reputable, if a bit skewed toward 40-year-olds who like swimming with the dolphins. The bad: Non-paying members can only send one of 13 short, canned messages, like “I feel a nice connection with you after reading your profile.” The bizarre: Verdict: There are only seven guys in Seattle between the ages of 25 and 35 whose profiles include a photo.It’s free to join and browse, but paying for a one-month membership means you can actually (gasp! Five users express interest in me, but only one is on the West Coast, a vegan ecologist/drummer who lives several hours away.
One in five newly committed couples met through a dating site, says [PDF] (and I’m sure they’re not biased).
And Google ads recently volunteered to help me “meet yoga singles.” (Google, do I like I do yoga?
I’m barely flexible enough to sit in a chair.) What’s a green single with wifi to do? Sacrificing my dignity for your carnal pleasure, I joined five green dating sites under the name “sustainabanger” and exploited their free features in search of Seattle-area love.
(Warning: If you’ve ever stabbed your eyes with a trident — the stabby thing, not the gum — that’s what looking at these sites feels like.
founded by progressive activists, for progressive activists,” so while not explicitly green, users are likely to care about sustainability.
It’s free to browse, reply to messages, and send a hug, kiss, or wink, and you can send two messages for free after signing up.After that, initiating contact via messages will cost you a month.The good: It boasts over 335,000 members, 27,000 in Washington state. And the paywall is truly obnoxious — you can only see tiny thumbnail pics of users unless you upgrade.Featured users seem younger and hotter than on other sites. The bizarre: I am “hotlisted” by a creepy exhibitionist Texan.And it gets points for being R-rated; one optional profile question is “Favorite on-screen sex scene? The verdict: I send 14 winks, two kisses, and one of my two free messages, and get a tentatively promising reply.Although this site boasts lots of members, I don’t feel optimistic since (yet again) I’d have to pay to message people.