Those who believe in the Mayan prophecy that the world will come to an end on 21.12.12, may find it tough to find a life partner, who thinks alike.
But not anymore as there are online dating sites that bring together those who have assured themselves of the civilisation’s end. Survivalistsingles.com, prepperdating.com and doomsdaydating.com are some of the websites that have started to gain momentum, and bring together those who live in the constant fear that the world would vanish on doomsday.
A user, Singlesoul, on her profile on prepperdating.com, writes, “I believe that the world will end soon. So, I am looking for love and a partner who is the way I am.”
Another user tangyorange on Survivalistsingles.com, says: “We don’t know when the world will end. I am scared and others think I’m exaggerating. I just want to be with someone who can understand me and my fears.”
The online dating site has a slogan: Don’t face the future alone. One city based user, Priya Guha (name changed on request), 25, says she’s looking for real love on the site. “I want to make the best of whatever time that’s left, and I am looking for my soul mate here. When the world will end, at least I will be assured that I have someone who cares for me and doesn’t think I am fool to believe in doomsday.”
Another user, doomeddevil, who is based in Gurgaon, says, “The fact that the world is coming to an end can’t stop me from having some fun. A site like this is a boon for people like me. I’ve met quite a few like-mined people here.”
Experts, however, feel that such websites don’t have a long term appeal. Jai Madaan, a city-based relationship counsellor says, “Such sites only breed desperation and the fear that the world will end anytime.
It makes people hold on to everything possible. There is so much insecurity that we want to do everything hastily. This results in relationships that may lead to casual physical intimacy and it may further wreck havoc for a person’s emotional being.”
Delhi-based consultant psychiatrist, Avdesh Sharma, agrees and says such sites are not a definitive thing. “There is always some kind of a commonality that you look for in a partner. So, it makes sense for someone to create a platform for those who share similar thoughts about life and death. But it is not a definitive thing. It’s nothing but a race to enjoy life to the fullest when you know that something might just happen to you anyday,” he adds.