Problems with dating services
Shes even rejected a couple dozen guys.“I dont think I would have been able to have 10 dates without the site,” says Lana.
“Its easier to get rejected via email, and you can take baby steps online without hunting outside.”Though Prescription 4 Love didnt yield any dates for Lana, this fast-growing online community offers an alternative to mainstream dating sites for thousands of singles.
C., doctor who wanted to give her patients a way to combat the isolation that accompanied their physical disabilities, charges a 5 initiation fee for the first year and every year thereafter.
For that fee, members get a more personalized experience, as Date Able is more akin to an old-school matchmaking service.
Jim Leftwich, 39, a college librarian from White Plains, N.
Y., has lived with schizoaffective disorder, a condition that combines features of schizophrenia and mood disorders (such as depression), since 1992.
Both sites require members to disclose their illnesses upfront, clearing the air for what might be a deal-breaking revelation later.
Within her first week on Positive Singles, she went on three dates and has since gone on seven more, which fostered one romantic relationship and a friendship over the past two years.
People with mental health problems, from chronic depression to schizophrenia, have also benefited from specialized sites.“But I probably knew everybody in my community and nobody I knew wanted to date me or vice versa.Lynn lived 60 miles away, but we made it work.”By pushing a “friends first” concept, which has been emulated in the communal blog and forum features of Prescription 4 Love, No Longer Lonely, and other illness-specific sites, Date Able members can get up to speed on the dating world in a familiar environment without the prying eyes of the Web.“People with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities, are typically behind the eight ball because they havent had the practice of dating in college or their young adult life,” says Watson."And lets face it, depending on what [the illness] is, it could very well make you uncompetitive in the larger dating pool."Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives.A new breed of dating site has emerged to play cupid for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.