Mashable readers (and writers) are known to be OBSESSIVE about the things we love. You can tell we’re a bit of a geek. Alright, alright, we * are * geeks. Either way, geeks are awesome.
But sometimes awesome can use a little help in the dating department. Not because there aren’t enough geeks – how do you think Avengers: Endgame became the highest grossing film of all time? (Thanks to geeks, that’s how it is.) Meeting a geek requires combing through standards and too many encounters with the same group of locals. For women, it can involve a lot of scary guys who want their manic pixie dream girl. For men, it can involve a lot of just trying to not be that guy. If you’re among the majority of somewhat introverted geeks, dating can be intimidating.
Flash info: loving science fiction and being * in love * are not mutually exclusive.
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We compared the best all-around dating sites on the internet, trendy swipe apps, and geek-specific sites to find the ones where geeks can express themselves and find that twin flame. Hidden in millions upon millions of users, you might find that person you can chat with for hours on end about the severity of the The iron ThroneThe end was or someone dreaming of the perfect cosplay for couples. Maybe you’re a geek on the streets and a freak in the sheets – there are plenty of apps where geeks can find a hookup as well.
What Should I Consider When Choosing a Dating Site?
What are you interested in finding? : Are you looking for like-minded friends, casual dates, or do you want to find a serious relationship? Whatever you are looking for, there is a site for it, but meeting your expectations is essential.
Site popularity: Niche dating sites are great for fine-tuning your potential matches – but if there are barely any users, trying to find quality matches can get overwhelming. Strike a balance between your personal interests and the popularity of the site to ensure you have plenty of options.
Security: Dating apps and websites are great, but like everything else online, you need to be careful. If you want to avoid potential cat fishing or other scams, look for features like social media integration, photo verification, and the ability to block all disreputable members.
Budget: Do you want to stick with free websites and apps or do you have the budget (and interest) to pay for extra bells and whistles? You can absolutely get away with opting for free services, but a few dollars a month to speed up the process might be worth considering.
So what are the best dating sites for geek people?
Our top picks include OkCupid, which prides itself on being extremely gender-specific and a safe space for everyone, and Match, which has a proven algorithm and a huge user base. Geek-specific dating sites that aren’t totally outdated and crappy are rare, but we were impressed with Gamer Dating.
Read on to find out what was added to our list and be sure to tap the gray arrow at the bottom of each card to expand the text and read everything we had to say. Good meeting, nerds.