Do all green dating sites suck? Jeremy Brooks Welcome to TreeShagger , our new column on green dating. The internet wants to help you find love. One in five newly committed couples met through a dating site, says Match. I decided to find out. Most were apparently designed by an 8-year-old with a Mac from , back when animated GIFs were cool and a rotating smiley was the pinnacle of innovation. Planet Earth Singles The gist: This one seems reputable, if a bit skewed toward year-olds who like swimming with the dolphins.
My profile was approved within an hour. A man holds a flower in his teeth in the header image. Unfortunately, most of [our] Internet scams come from Africa. There are only seven guys in Seattle between the ages of 25 and 35 whose profiles include a photo. Castaway in Wales Act for Love The gist: It boasts over , members, 27, in Washington state. Featured users seem younger and hotter than on other sites.
This is not a pretty site. Who coded this, a pair of mittens? And the paywall is truly obnoxious — you can only see tiny thumbnail pics of users unless you upgrade. I send 14 winks, two kisses, and one of my two free messages, and get a tentatively promising reply. Green Passions The gist: Magician, ninja, pirate at heart, vampire, or werewolf? You can check a box for it. And you can do nine things to a user, including smooch, sniff, punch repeatedly, or pray for. I search for guys 25 to 35 in Seattle and get four results.
One has been on the site in the past three months: Hopefully he will know what that means. Green Singles The gist: One of his interests: I find a cute, divorced year-old who likes coffee ice cream for breakfast, Wes Anderson movies, and This American Life. I sent him a free prewritten message, allowing a tiny bubble of hope to gurgle up in my esophagus.
Then he hides his profile and the world hears a teeny popping sound. The site is less than two years old, and the pickings are slim. Less-ugly graphic design than the rest — illustrated green doves are about the only thing to mock here.
Filling out my profile is fast, and it asks about my hard drug use and tattoos. It takes five days for my account to get approved, and there are only two guys between 25 and 35 in Washington state. I try searching for to year-old guys in Oregon instead. The graphic design got my hopes up, only to smash them down with no users.
The bottom line The main problem with most of these green dating sites is pure lack of users. Yeah … welcome back. A bigger site like OkCupid is probably a better bet — more people, simple to use, easy on the eyes — and totally free. You can always wax passionate about bike lanes in your profile and attract like-minded lovahs that way.
Hopefully love will wash onto my deck there … Tell us in the comments: Would you try a green or vegetarian dating site? Or have you already?