For people who believe that the life of the mind is a major ingredient in the joy of life, deep intellectuality is a quality that is valued and desired in choosing social settings in which to meet new friends, choose who they wish to date, form relationships or eventually find the person that they choose to marry. Singles who possess a healthy intellectual curiosity and want to meet other like-minded individuals face challenges in the online dating world. In today’s fast moving, materialistic society many people no longer have time to explore the intellectual interests that they may have pursued in college.
Online dating is tough enough; complaints about dating site members who misrepresent themselves and the difficulty in finding compatible dating partners are common. The advent of niche online dating produces better selectivity and focus and improves the likelihood of finding a compatible match. At the very least, narrowing the field down to a shared commonality of interests should ensure that two people will have something to talk about when they are out on their first date! However, a dating site that encourages an array of philosophical and intellectual interests would accomplish even more! Intellectual communication is more than a sharing of common interests; it involves the sharing of values and viewpoints along a wide spectrum of subjects ranging widely from the arts to politics to spirituality and to the philosophy of life.
There is no reason why philosophy, literature, the arts, and the range of intellectual pursuits–thinking for the sake of thinking–cannot be broadened so that it may become a much more common aspect of socializing for both for singles and non singles and made accessible to everyone. It should not be necessary to have a career in academia, or to work in the arts or in the field of literature in order to mix, mingle and communicate in cultural venues that perpetuate an appreciation of the great ideas of classical wisdom as well as the latest advances and trends in science and the arts. Tired of the same ‘ole same ‘ole in online dating? The increasing popularity of niche dating sites are making it possible for people to connect in environments that are congenial on intellectual levels as well as on equally important factors such as temperament, shared activities, general likes and dislikes and, of course, basic attraction. For the philosophically and intellectually inclined, the mixture of these ingredients and the interactive means to express these commonalities bode well for a brave new world in online dating.
Niche online dating should become a major trend that not only fills the needs of the singles and online dating communities, but philosophical-intellectual-cultural dating sites can become a positive cultural force that raises the bar for the Everyman and the Everywoman. Philosophy, perhaps the most abstract of disciplines, is paradoxically also the most practical. What is more practical than ideas and perspectives about beauty and truth, living the good life and right livelihood? What is more important than forging new understandings about the social, political and economic issues of our nation and of the world through a conscious effort to achieve mental and conceptual clarity. This is what practical philosophy is all about, and it all starts with the building and maintaining of our personal relationships. Online dating can make a significant contribution and become an important and novel cultural trend.