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
Full-text search was recently added to the service, making it easy to find anyone who mentions “deaf” or “American Sign Language” in their personal ad.
“I did look on those hoping to find deaf partners, but of course deafness is not one of the selection criteria ...
so I turned to the deaf dating sites.” Despite the challenges of using a larger dating site, many deaf folks are doing it anyway.
Mc Dermott said she had no way to know how many personals had been placed by deaf people on Match.com, but a search of the site yielded thousands of entries.
Still, Mc Dermott said, there is certainly a place for the niche sites.