By Katie Davis
There’s no doubt about it. The way people connect and find potential love interests has evolved quite a bit over the last decade. Online dating sites, as well as dating apps, are catered to many different ages, backgrounds, values and more.
For those who are divorced, and particularly for divorced parents, diving back into the dating world pool can seem more than intimidating. The giant dating sites like Match.com or eHarmony.com still offer great online matchmaking options for divorced dads. But now, there are plenty of other options.
Check out these four unique dating websites and what they each offer their users. Then, decide for yourself whether these sites might be right for you.
DatingforParents.com – Centered around the idea that many single fathers and mothers have a harder time relating to those without kids themselves, Dating for Parents is a great online dating tool for those seeking relationships with those who understand the parenting world firsthand.
Self-described as “A site for single parents to connect and love again,” Dating for Parents has a specific audience and different tools to help those people meet. Users can select options to describe who they are, what type of person they are looking for and what they are hoping for out of future relationships.
The website also gives users tools to make interaction easy such as more open chat rooms, private live chat rooms and various messaging options.
HowAboutWe.com – How About We provides its users with a really unique premise. Labeling itself as “The Offline Dating Site,” it focuses on date or outing options, and then allows users to meet over these ideas. Users can submit their own ideas, select from ones the site creates or browse through options submitted by other folks.
By just registering with the site, those who use this site have access to a plethora of different date discounts as well. Right now, there are a few big U.S. cities with discounts on particular venues or events. But all users have access to discounts on ideas like home brewing kits, painting sets and much more.
How About We also offers options for couples, allowing individuals to log their adventures online, purchase date packages and even create a wishlist for future date ideas.
Chemistry.com – Personality assessments go beyond job skills and workplace fit with Chemistry.com. This website is based on anthropologist Dr. Helen Fisher‘s personality test, which classifies four main groups of people. These include the director type, the negotiator, an explorer personality and the builder.
From there, Chemistry gets to know an individual user’s personality quirks, interests and more. Then, it provides dating options based upon this info as well as preferences. The site also keeps users updated on ways to increase accuracy with matches, evaluates users’ activity and creates personalized suggestions or plans from there.
Tastebuds.fm – This dating concept is all about the music. Based on the idea that many people relate to each other and connect through musical tastes, Tastebuds offers its users the opportunity to not only list what type of person they are searching for, but also list their favorite bands and genres.
The site will show you a wide selection of users, but also give you ideas on people who meet your tastes as well as requirements like age, gender, orientation and more. The general age among the Tastebuds population swings a bit toward being younger, but there are still a good number of users above the 40-year mark as well.
For those who may already be in a relationship, or not sure they’re ready to start dating just yet, it’s good to know that the site allows you to choose what type of relationship you’re seeking. That means, you can select “dating” or just aim to look for concert buddies, someone to discuss bands with or even friends in a particular city.