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Doomsday Dating: Find Love Before the World Ends

If you think the dating scene is rough now, try it after the Apocalypse.


  • “Don’t face the future alone.”

    That’s the slogan for the dating site SurvivalistSingles.com. If you’re looking for love—and also happen to be preparing for the end of the world—this is the website for you.

    Having officially launched in 2010, the online dating site has quadrupled in members, from 400 in 2010 to about 1,640, currently. Dedicated to "preppers," "survivalists" and "doomsdayers,” it’s one of the fastest growing dating sites on the web. Apparently, finding someone isn’t easy when you’re busy building your own gas masks. As one member explained to CNN:

    "It's hard to connect with someone who doesn't have a similar mindset. You can't explain why your truck is packed like you're always ready for an expedition--they don't get it. But when you meet another survivalist, you start talking about all this stuff and the women look at you like you have a million dollars in the bank."

    Andrea Burke is a 45-year-old middle school art teacher from Montana, and she took over the site last summer. She also happens to believe the near future will be bleak.

    "Most will agree that something is brewing that may change life as we know it, whether it be a collapse of the economy, an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) or other natural or government disaster," Burke said.

    Right now, SurvivalistSingles.com is free, but Andrea plans to start charging $5 a month. Not bad, especially considering the modern monetary system will be obsolete, anyway, come Dec. 21. Once Andrea starts charging, she says the new slogan will be:

    "Find love for less than the price of a box of bullets.”

    Most of the members are over the age of 50, and right now, there are about twice as many male members as females.

    But users aren’t just looking for love; they’re also seeking to join survival groups. For example, one female member, who goes by the screenname Arnold, boasts at least one unique skill she can contribute: making “humanure.”

    It’s exactly what you think it is.

    And if you’re going to join, you might as well familiarize yourself with this little acronym: TEOTWAWKI—the end of the world as we know it. You’ll see it all over members’ profiles, and no, they’re not just R.E.M. fans.

     When it comes to online dating and such, it always brings to my mind this clip from years ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgFDv_4oKsw
     Oh well, I got my dog and she's plenty.

    I assume this is all 'tongue-in-cheek', right?  It's absurdly funny, intentionally or not. 
    "Find love for less than the price of a box of bullets.”
     Great sales pitch.   

    That's got to be a total sausage fest lol

    I'm torn between thinking this is either the most brilliant idea or laughing hysterically for an hour (maybe longer). I wonder if the writer is single though?

    Guest

    ROFLMAO...Cyndi you are tooooo funny....yeppers...dating is going to get pretty slim...ESPECIALLY for us over 50...that is hilarious!
    Bri

    bk2valve Wrote:ROFLMAO...Cyndi you are tooooo funny....yeppers...dating is going to get pretty slim...ESPECIALLY for us over 50...that is hilarious!
    Bri


    Looks like you developed a bit of a stutter there.
    I do not see anything wrong with it now, or when I first saw this last year. Laughing at them/me is like laughing at yourselves. How many get the whole cheaper living thing, the small living thing, the mobile living thing, they whole keep enough preps to get you through a small emergency thing?
    WildernessReturn Wrote:I do not see anything wrong with it now, or when I first saw this last year. Laughing at them/me is like laughing at yourselves. How many get the whole cheaper living thing, the small living thing, the mobile living thing, they whole keep enough preps to get you through a small emergency thing?


    Nah.. it's the whole 'online dating' thing. Always struck me as rather sad. ..Willy.

    Guest

    Quote:Looks like you developed a bit of a stutter there.


    I guess I did Willy, I was laughing so hard...
    Bri

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