After that, we started spending all our time together and just took our profiles down." Married three years, Ashley says she now has a home computer ("My husband made us get one") but she still doesn't do any social media sites (he, on the other hand, "is on Facebook and all that").
But her lack of connectivity hasn't exactly short circuited their relationship. "We have a lot of synchronicities and interests, and it was great that I was able to find someone made for me," she says.
There was just no way to get hold of her." Other times, it's a matter of compromise.
"He now lives in a cabin without any electricity, so there's no TV, no computer, no land line," she laments."He still has his cell phone, but he uses a hand-crank charger…or most of us, email, smartphones, and social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are a way of life — not to mention a way of finding love.But what happens when you fall for someone whose world doesn't revolve around an app-happy smartphone or a desire to be plugged in 24/7?The Doomsday dating community is your place to connect, share and grow with similar people."Just in time for the 2102 apocalypse or an environmental catastrophe, a viral pandemic or solar flares, an economic collapse or a megaquake--a number of dating sites are popping up to make matches between doomsayers looking for love.
Survivalist Singles was officially launched in 2010 and seduces solo survivalists with the tagline, "Don't face the future alone." According to CNN, membership has quadrupled to around 1,640 members from around 400 at the end of 2010."I asked my daughter (who's 29 and single) what she thought of someone deliberately staying off the grid, and she said she'd be afraid they're hiding something," says Wallace, who's the senior director of online programs and information technology at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. "He would have a minor freak-out if somebody took a picture of him," she says. He wouldn't get angry, but it would cause friction. You go out to a cocktail party; you expect it's going to be covered on Facebook or Twitter the next day. "I have a doppelganger — another Patricia Wallace who's a romance writer," she says. In a dating scenario, you may have to clarify who is who.You could pull up a Fred Taylor who posts white supremacist notes on various websites and think it's the guy you just met." As always, though, there are those who manage to connect despite digital differences."Spend your remaining days with someone that shares your instinct to prepare and survive the end of the world as we know it," urges the Survivalist Dating Community page at "Don't use those generic dating sites that can't cater to your core trait.One member mentions his "extensive background with firearms for defense and hunting." And that he has an alternative water source, likes to go to thrift stores to find gadgets that don't use electricity, and cans venison so he'll have meat "if the grid goes down and there are no freezers."And the best part--aside from the togetherness that a day of canning, foraging, and practicing firearms with your lover can bring?