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But if the scope of general dating sites is overwhelming, don’t fear.

There’s now an easy way to narrow the playing field, thanks to hundreds of niche dating websites that cater to almost any specialty imaginable.

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Check out Gluten-free Singles, a website that touts itself as a place where gluten-free singles can find dating partners, friends to share in healthy eating, gluten-free evening socials, and advice on the gluten-free lifestyle. #3 Alright, so dating a tall guy and having someone in your life who shares a diet suitable for those with specific allergies may not seem too strange, but what about clown dating?

“Everybody loves a clown,” says the website, “Let a clown love you.” How many single clowns are there exactly that they need their own dating website? The tagline for this website says it all: “It’s no fun looking for love when you’re a clown.

In fact there are many startling online dating statistics that may have your eyebrow raising. #1 The percentage of couples who met online via social media or dating aps is a whopping 1 in 4!

#2 In 2014 alone, the Canadian online dating industry has earned more than $150 million.

Dishonorable mentions While searching for strange dating websites to research this article, I certainly didn’t have to look far.

There was a treasure trove of highly specific websites for apparently picky people.

#3 Up to 10% of dating app users leave the service within the first 3 months of using it. #4 Another interesting study showed that 62% of singles using emojis are those who want to get married.

So be careful the next time you consider sending your crush a sassy winky face! #5 The majority of those pursuing online dating want to date someone of the same ethnic background. Has it been difficult finding a partner who matches your immense height?

David Spark (@dspark) is a veteran tech journalist and founder of Spark Media Solutions, a firm that helps companies build their industry voice through storytelling.

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