These days there are dating sites tailored to various faith traditions and interests. The Christians have Christian Mingle and the Jews have JDate -- and these are only two examples. So, considering the fact that specific faith groups have very tailored websites to go and meet others who share their worldview, one wonders -- what platforms do atheists have?
It turns out, there are a number of dating web sites geared toward assisting non-believers in finding others who share their refusal to accept the existence of a higher power. Take, for instance, "Atheist Passions," a web site that proudly proclaims, "You have a better chance of finding Waldo on this site than you do of finding God!"
Atheist Passions describes itself as "a free online dating & social networking site specifically for freethinking singles, either Atheist or Agnostic." The web site offers a chat room, message boards and plenty more. Here's a screen shot from the site's main page (note the image of Jesus hanging on a clothes line -- likely to be offensive to Christian believers):
And if that site doesn't suit atheists' dating needs, there's also FreeThinkerMatch, which claims to be the "fastest growing relationship site on the web." At the time I was writing this, there were only five users online and using the platform. Now, I know that atheists are a minority in American society, but I'd assume, pending the site's claim about growth were true, that there would be more people using the platform.
On FreeThinkerMatch, "Hanna," a woman who found and wanted to share her success story, writes the following:
Wow, I never thought I'd be writing one of those cheesy internet dating site success stories, but I'm just so thankful I feel I should.
I met my boyfriend Kevin on this site almost a year ago- I emailed him through the site and got the silliest, greatest response a few days later. After having dated too many men who mistreated me and never challenged me intellectually I'd found the perfect guy. Other dating sites had felt akin to searching for a few gems in a sea of turds, but I found Kevin the first night I browsed on here. Thank you!!!
Last but not least, there's the "Atheist Dating Service," which has one of the more attractive websites (when it comes to the look and feel, at least). This particular service offers visitors a warm welcoming message: "Meet someone for a deity free romance today! Join other local non-believing singles in their quest for a God free relationship."
Here's a screen shot:
There are even Facebook communities popping up that are tailored to atheists' dating needs:
All of these sites share one common theme and purpose -- they bring together non-believers so that they can formulate relationships free of references to and debates over a higher power.
Regardless of where one stands on atheism, it's certainly an interesting concept and one that shows the growing trend of niche new media platforms.