Sober and Single? DateEdge Gives Straight Edgers A Chance to Mingle Online

by | Jan 21, 2014 | POLITICS

Oh, Internet dating. You’ve come a long way over the years.

Oh, Internet dating. You’ve come a long way over the years. Before, there were only chatrooms to keep us warm on lonely nights. You’d have to sift through countless faceless and nameless chat windows, desperately hoping to make some kind of connection good enough to garner a lasting conversation. It was so complicated, so similar to the real world. All that talking and learning about each other.

My, how times have changed. There’s a damn Internet dating website for every breed of human.,, and are only the tip of the meet-your-mate subcategorized iceberg. And now another website has popped up for people who know exactly what type of person they want to meet up and bang–I mean “fall in love with via the Internet.” Meet, a dating website strictly for straight edge people who have been looking for love in all the wrong places [sad emoticon].

Straight edge is a subculture based on abstinence from drugs and alcohol, discouragement of promiscuous sex, and usually some level of vegetarianism, though the specifics of the movement are up for debate and it really depends on the individual’s interpretation. There’s also usually a level of punk mystique thrown in the mix as well. Either way, straight edge kids are not afraid to tell you their status–hence the necessity of a website that gives them a place to meet others who will appreciate rather than be annoyed by their proclamations of sobriety.

Date Edge is super new to the scene, which means the site itself has a lot of kinks to work out. Like the fact that you can’t search for someone, there’s no way to sort profiles by geographic location, and – as far as I can tell – no real restrictions for what you can or can’t put up on the site. You don’t even have to say anything about yourself. All you gotta do is enter your level of straight-edge-vegan-ness and wha-pow! The Internet is your oyster. Or should I say your TVP.

The site promises a search function soon, but until then, the drug free youths can scroll through 52 pages of roughly 18-to-40-year-old teetotalers. Here you have it, world! Another specialized dating site so you can meet someone exactly like you and not have to open your mind to new ideas. Aaaaahhhhh, love.

I hope you all get Catfished.

Marilyn Drew Necci

Marilyn Drew Necci

Former GayRVA editor-in-chief, RVA Magazine editor for print and web. Anxiety expert, proud trans woman, happily married.

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