Of course, the owners of the services don’t mind the teasing.Soon after Trek Passions.com’s launch in 2004, Conan O’Brien caught wind of the site and mentioned it in the opening monologue of his show.Is your idea of a good date dinner, a movie, and a passionate debate about whether Gul Dukat, even though he hurt a lot of Bajorans while commanding Terok Nor, is good or evil?Well, you’re in luck.“Set phasers to stunning and if that doesn’t work set them to stun!After all, I led a few meetings where we delved deep into what it all meant for those of us who were/are still wading in the dating pool.It’s a tome that felt so relevant to my life over these past few years, meaning it was ripe for discussion.If you’ve read my previous post about the things I learned from our first book club read, to stew, and these are the points that still stick out in my mind.
So if you’re a Spock looking for your Uhura, may the force be with you.
”On Trek Passions.com, one 22-year-old user from Texas headlines his profile: “Beam me up…to the attractive Trekkies:)” He goes on to say, “I love Star Trek TOS”—that stands for The Original Series, for the uninitiated—“Makes paying for Netflix worth it all by itself. In his book Love in the Time of Algorithms, Dan Slater writes that roughly 15 million users in North America alone used interest-specific dating sites in 2011, proof of the shift from the “bookend theory” popularized by Match.com, on which the goal was to win over every “book” on the shelf, to these niche sites.
The appeal: they are “judgment-free zones where the like-minded can mingle freely and furtively.”Count Trekkies among the group giving that idea the Vulcan salute.“Star Trek fans are nerds,” says Oliver Gough, owner of Star Trek
” encourages Star Trek Dating.com, one of a number of dating websites that have beamed online in recent years to help “Welcome to a dating community that is light years ahead of others,” teases the homepage for Trekkie
“Find like-minded friends, romance, and convention dates with other Trekkies TODAY! ” (That’s Next Generation.)There are a lot of singles in this galaxy, and increasingly they seem to be turning at warp speed to niche dating sites focused on matching users based on hyperspecific interests—like, say, an intense love of Star Trek.