Dating people based on a single characteristic, or on a very limited set of characteristics.
Tracking down someone who shares your passion for Zemlinsky, intermediate skiing or offshore banking before Saturday might seem tough — but thanks to the latest revolution in romance, securing a genuine soulmate has never been easier or quicker. Forget speed dating: welcome to the esoteric world of niche dating. Whether you're into ballroom dancing, kittens or dirt bikes, there's a site out there for lonely hearts just like you.
—Judith Woods, "Valentine's Day: the 20 best niche dating websites," The Daily Telegraph, February 11, 2009
Niche dating — narrowing down prospects according to religion, say, or ethnicity — is on the rise, judging from the evidence online. Hitwise, which measures online traffic, reports that last year the top five niche dating categories gained market share, while general matchmaking sites stayed about the same. The biggest gains were in the gay dating and religious dating categories.
—Paige Wiser, "Nerds of a feather," Chicago Sun Times, February 9, 2009
Dating organizations serving such special interests as disabled singles, "full-figured" people and single parents abound and are attempting to improve on the age-old art of matchmaking.
But Concerned Singles and At the Gate offer a variation on niche dating services. They connect singles by ideology rather than common interest or mutual problems.
—Jennifer Bush, "Soul Mates," The Washington Post, August 23, 1994