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.
Bird met his own wife on the site, two days after she joined.That’s not the only success story Trek Dating boasts, either. “That wasn't the case before and it wasn't by design,” said Bird.Farkas has a similar story about when Tosh.0 featured Trekkie on its blog.“It’s become more fashionable to be a geek in the past five or six years,” says Gough, citing the popularity of TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and the mainstream interest in the upcoming Star Trek film.While Trek Dating isn’t the only site that caters to Trekkies -- Star Trek Dating, Trek Passions and Trekkie Dating also cater to the pon farr burning within a Trekkie’s heart -- Trek Dating does also welcome fans of other sci-fi, including fans don't care.
It's just a fun engaging place to be with a key message,” Bird said. ”Finally, Bird has a tip for any hopeful Trekkies: put yourself out there.Finding something that is unique about yourself that you can share with someone else is really important.”Care to debate the merits of Deep Space Nine versus The Next Generation? Perhaps you have a mullet and want to meet people who are into that kind of thing. And then there’s Meeta Cowboy.com, which speaks for itself. Nothing is too strange,” says Frank Farkas, marketing assistant at First Beat Media—which owns a large portfolio of dating niche websites—and creator of Trekkies They worship the show.” In that regard, Star Trek isn’t just the perfect icebreaker to ease the awkwardness of an online meet-cute. “Go to generic sites like or e Harmony.com, and it’s harder to find someone you have this much in common with or someone with an interest you can latch on to that says we’re this similar,” Farkas says. A mutual quirky interest or shared obsession over the same movie predicts nothing about a potential couple’s future compatibility, says dating coach and author Evan Marc Katz.Head to one of the Star Trek–themed sites listed in this piece. Still, there’s something about the Star Trek fan community that makes sites celebrating them thrive. That both parties enjoy Star Trek has no bearing on whether they’re going to be devoted partners or argue a lot or be able to support each financially other decades from now. Go without your wife and have fun.” Putting so much stock in one interest rules out 90 percent of the people you could meet on a broader site that considers Vulcan fetishes as just one of many other equally (OK, perhaps more) important traits.“The top do is absolutely upload more than one picture. It's proven that having three or more pictures uploaded gains up to 10x the interaction.Imagine going to see the latest movie and only seeing one angle of the Enterprise in every single shot. If you've got some uniform shots why not upload them also - just don't make them picture one,” Bird said. Check out Trek Dating here (LGBT member directory here).“Whenever there’s a site that’s outside a more traditional niche like religion or politics, it becomes easier to make fun of,” says Carter.