Lesbian Dating for Success: Niche or Mainstream?


Lesbian online datingBy Top10BestDatingSites Staff

Online dating in the UK is a huge market, and with the amount of websites available growing each month, and each offering excellent features such as free sign ups and chat functionality, it can be hard to decide which ones are worth your time. When you’re looking for specific online dating for women seeking women, you might be right in thinking you should be heading straight to a niche Lesbian UK dating website.

But are you narrowing your search too quickly? Mainstream dating websites have a lot to offer, and niche ones can come with their own share of issues. Read our review of the pros and cons of mainstream over niche before deciding where your time and money should go.

Women Seeking Women

At first glance, it may seem that a lesbian only website will save you time in narrowing down search functionality to find the right matches, but this can be untrue. Many mainstream websites such as Match.com simply allow you to make one click to choose “woman looking for women” and from this point on you will not be shown any profiles other than other lesbians who suit your other interests and profile features. With millions of Lesbian singles on a website such as Match, you’re arguably more likely to find someone who fits the bill.

To make things even more complicated, what seems like a strictly lesbian dating website may be far from the truth. According to Robyn Exton, the founder of popular Lesbian dating app Dattchare, “as many as one in 10 people signing up [to the app] are actually male.” This kind of fraud is known as Catfishing, and this example involves men making fake profiles to waste time or harass genuine members of the Lesbian dating websites in the UK.

Ruth Hunt, deputy chief executive at LGBT charity Stonewall is unsurprised by this statistic. “This issue of men lying to meet lesbians is as old as time, they’ve just found a new way to do it," she says. "While we can’t say for certain what is motivating this behaviour, we would advise caution when using the internet to meet partners and recommend that people always try to meet in a public place.”

If this behaviour is motivated by harassment, it is less likely to occur on a mainstream dating website. This may encourage lesbians to try filters on larger networks instead of heading straight for women seeking women websites.

The pool of Lesbian Dating Sites UK

It can’t be denied that choosing a niche dating website narrows your choice of potential matches. This may make sense for some ‘deal-breakers’ during the matchmaking search, but not all.

Niche religious dating for example allows you to put more specific information about your cultural or religious beliefs to find a suitable match, and also means that you know your matches have a similar background. This is not the case with Lesbian dating sites. You are no more likely to match in terms of personality or background simply because you have a shared sexual orientation. Especially if you are looking for a wide dating pool, or are not sure whether you want something casual or more serious, you may not want to limit your search from hundreds of thousands to simply hundreds of matches in your area.

Bottom Line for Niche VS Mainstream Lesbian Dating

Niche dating websites have their place in the UK online dating scene, and are growing in popularity for those singles who are looking to find something specific in a mate. In the case of using a niche choice for Lesbian online dating, you may want to give it some thought before jumping in. A niche Lesbian dating website will offer less potential matches, higher risk of fake profiles, and less likelihood of finding likeminded personalities in other areas than using the excellent Lesbian filters offered as standard on most mainstream dating websites. 


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The Top 10 Best Dating Sites staff are your guides to the world of online dating websites and services. The team navigates the world of online dating and share their findings to help readers find online dating success. Our team includes dating experts Laurel House, Ken Solin, James Preece, Erika Ettin, Nida Sea, Vanae Tran, Carmelia Ray and many more talented writers. Top 10 Best Dating Sites staff have extensive first-hand experience in: signing up for and using various online dating sites; researching the ever-growing online dating market; and copywriting and editing for various online and print publications about online dating.


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