Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can sometimes find it difficult to make friends and date in the hearing world.Some of the most common destinations for dating such as movies and concerts can be difficult for a deaf person to enjoy, especially while also trying to meet a new person and make a connection.For deaf individuals looking to only date others who are also deaf and hard of hearing, the local community may not offer many options.
Deaf dating sites cater to deaf individuals and have large followings; allowing deaf individuals to find pen pals, individuals to date outside of their local community, and make friends all over the world.
These online dating sites allow deaf, hard of hearing and even hearing individuals to connect on the same level by using instant messaging, chat services, email, blogs, forums, and video chatting.
For hearing individuals, these sites allow them to better understand the skills needed to successfully have a relationship with a deaf person.
At first glance, it may seem like just another set of niche online dating sites. Two small but growing sites devoted to dating for the deaf, both founded by children of deaf parents, now offer non-hearing singles their own place on the Internet to find love.
But the recent explosion of online dating — about 17 million people at least peeked at a dating site last year, according to estimates — has created a cottage industry of smaller sites hoping to draft off the success of market monster
There's nothing new about the Internet being a connection tool for geographically disconnected niches.
But there’s something a little more important about these new services that are attracting thousands of single deaf people seeking companionship and love, experts say.
Web site developer Christiaan Marais wasn’t considering a new career when he started “He was trying to get back into the dating scene,” Marais said.
“We were talking about online dating, and I said, ‘You should try one of these sites.’ ” His father was reluctant, Marais said, because it’s hard to find other deaf users on the larger dating sites.