Anyone who's been doing the online dating thing for a while knows that there's hookup culture and then there's long term relationship dating culture. Most online dating sites have a mix of both, and after living with online dating as an increasingly ubiquitous option for the past 20 years, the general public mostly sees dating sites as a super normal means to find casual dates or a hookup. But what if you're looking for a serious relationship that lasts? What if you just don't want to be alone on Valentine's Day ever again?
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The first few results in Google search revealed autistic dating sites that appeared-at best-unregulated and unmanaged by anyone with knowledge of autism. The worst examples, were sites that did not seem to care about the safety of potentially vulnerable autistic people. As an experiment, I signed up for one these websites. Having registered, I was immediately shown a page full of people with autism and their profiles. Before I could go any further, I was taken to a page where I was asked for my credit card details.
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We're going to dive into the best sites and apps for hooking up, but first we should probably talk about Hookup culture just in case you aren't already familiar with it. Basically, it's that thing your parents and grandparents always complain about because "nobody has a real conversation anymore. Everyone gets stuck in a sexual rut at some point in their lives, and let's face it: Trying to take strangers home from a bar or constantly texting your ex can be exhausting. If you're struggling to find a match in the real world, it might be time to let a dating site take the wheel. When we think about these sites, it's normal to go straight to the likes of Match , eharmony, EliteSingles, and other marriage-minded options, but not everyone is thinking about something so serious.
In fact, it might be a matter of clicks. Those with a penchant for the old fashioned rituals of dating might choose to trade in the likes of Bumble, Tinder and Hinge for something a little more nostalgic. Enter, dating websites.