Our busy modern lives make it hard to meet new people, so more and more of us are turning to technology to find that special someone.
Once the last resort for lonely hearts, online dating has become socially acceptable, even widespread – 4.7 million British people visited a dating site during 2008.
Below, you’ll find eight dating and personals websites that we found to be weirdly specific or just flat-out weird.
A profile all about you might come across as self-absorbed.
70 percent stuff about you, 30 percent what you’re lookin’ for.
But popular as such sites may be, finding your ideal match online can take a lot of time, as traditional dating sites force users to read dozens or even hundreds of profiles.
So some sites are helping people narrow the field by using an algorithm – a set of logical instructions for solving a problem – to find love online.
These algorithms take personal information, such as your interests, and push the data through a computer to calculate a couple’s degree of compatibility (or lack of).
Services like Gene Partner offer DNA tests to check for genetic compatibility, while Ok Cupid’s matching algorithm is powered by a user-generated personality test.
Ah, spring, a season defined by tax-related meltdowns, allergies, cute baby animals and wicked weather. Sure, most people are familiar with the “big” virtual meet markets like e Harmony, Match.com, OKCupid and, um, Craigslist but there are hundreds of dating websites out there that cater to romance-seekers with decidedly more specialized interests, values and physical attributes.
And since this is 2011, by “come out to play” we mean log on to online dating websites in search of friends, flings and serious relationships.
 In this study, Wedekind had a group of female college students smell T-shirts that had been worn by male students for three nights, without deodorant, cologne or scented soaps.