Anyone who's ever tried dating knows that it can be a scary—and at times frustrating—experience. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a place where you could screen dates before ever meeting them, or let someone (or something) else pick potential matches for you? In this guide we'll show you how to use the Internet to do all those things. We'll provide you with dating sites for people with specific interests or lifestyles, as well as sites that evaluate all these online dating services. We'll even show you how to stay safe with online dating.
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If religion plays a prominent role in your life, consider joining an online dating community full of people who share your religious beliefs. These sites can be a great way to find a spiritual partner to share your life with, or a friend with whom you spend quality time.
- If religion doesn't play a role in your everyday life but you still think it is important to date someone who shares your same spiritual values on a basic level, many sites allow you to indicate how religious you are and match accordingly.
For some tips for religious dating online ...
TruDating's "Religious Dating Directory"
is a good place to visit if you have a hard time finding your religion on a mainstream site. Select your religious group and see a full list of dating Web sites from which you can choose.
For Christian online dating ...
is a Web site designated only for "marriage minded" Christian singles. If you are a serious Christian looking to settle down, this is the place for you.
allows you to search for potential matches and discover what kind of relationship each is looking for and what role faith plays in their life. You can get a free 7-10 day trial on this site; after that, membership is $35/month or $100/year.
is not designed exclusively for any religion, but it gets reviewed quite well by Christians looking for like-minded partners (the founder is an evangelical Christian). Members fill out an in-depth personality profile, so your matches end up being people who share your values.
For Catholic singles ...
enables members to meet each other and also to learn more about the Catholic faith. Get to know other members online, or check out the site's events calendar with real-life group activities for members.
For Jewish singles ...
is a popular dating site for Jews of all sects, and even for non-Jews interested in meeting Jews. Many married couples originally met on Jdate, but the site is also for casual dating and friendship.
is a dating-for-marriage site for Jewish people. Each profile is reviewed (some require telephone interviews) and the site claims to have exceptional personal customer service. Basic membership is free, but to contact other members or seek Frumster's dating advice, membership upgrade costs about $11/month.
allows you to create a guest membership for free that lets you search for other users, upload photos of yourself, and receive matches. If you'd like to initiate contact with other users on the site, an upgrade in membership costs from about $12 to $20/month depending on how many months you buy.
For Muslim singles ...
is for single Muslims with marriage in mind can meet via e-mail and, eventually, in person. The service is international and matches are often made from across the world.
is a Muslim dating site where you can meet friends, pen pals, and chat buddies in addition to Muslims interested in marriage. It's a good site if you're looking for a less serious relationship, and standard membership is free.
For Mormon singles ...
is a dating community for Mormons in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Trial membership is free and doesn't expire, but to initiate contact with other users you have to upgrade. Paid membership costs $10-$15/month depending on how many months you choose to purchase.
For Wiccan singles ...
is a Wiccan and Pagan site that is free to join, search, and contact other users. When you sign up you get an e-mail with 10 possible dates in your area.
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