Digital dating has evolved so much within the past decade that it can be hard to remember that there ways to meet people out there besides Tinder. For more serious hookups and prospective partners, sometimes it’s best to try out online dating sites that aren’t OKCupid or an app that involves swiping left or right on someone based on the size of their forehead.
Dating sites require a little more dedication and focus, which is a good thing.
Think about it: If someone is logging onto a website with their browser, they’re probably actually sitting down and ready to scroll through some profiles. They’re not just distractedly swiping through during their morning status meeting at work or haphazardly shooting you a “wassup” message while in line for coffee.
Here are a few sites to try out, whether you’re looking for love, a hookup, or a farmer (yes, really).
Zoosk is very much like OKCupid: You sign up, make a profile, and there are thousands of singles to choose from. Except you have to pay to actually message people, which is a good barrier to entry if you’re looking to swim in a pool of people who aren’t messing around.
Match is the OG when it comes to dating sites, and the fact that it’s still around is a testament to how it works. The bad news? If you want to interact with people, you have to pay for a monthly subscription.
Is your very own “Crazy Jewish Mom” egging you on to find a nice Jewish partner to settle down with? This is the place to do just that. There’s also a box for non-Jewish women to check off if they want to try the site out. You just have to be willing to convert. Like Match, it’s free to browse, but you have to pay if you want to talk to people.
Hardcore stoner friend, this is where you’re going to find a partner to share your stash with. And this way, you know you’ll find someone who won’t judge you for your affinity for weed.
Are you a farmer? Do you live in the country? Do you believe, as the site’s tagline says, that “city folks just don’t get it”? Welcome to Farmers Only.
Like Match, this online dating mainstay has survived all sorts tech bubbles. That has to mean something, right?
Plenty of Fish is very similar to OKCupid, and you don’t have to pay to message anyone. If you’re looking for conversation or a date for the weekend, this is your new favorite site.
You don’t have to be into free dating apps and timed messaging if you want to find someone to spend time with. Online dating sites can still work — happy scrolling!