Do Nerd and Geek Focused Dating Apps Live Up to the Hype?

Long gone are the days when being a nerd was an insult. Today, with shows like The Big Bang Theory glorifying the positive attributes of dating a nerd (and for good reason), being a nerd or a geek is actually a pretty solid attribute. In fact, dating app Zoosk conducted a study of its users and their profiles and found that people mentioning saying they were a dork in their dating profile got them 74% more messages!

So, if you’re someone who likes the finer things in life like Star Wars, math, comics, and anything and everything else that is typically associated with being a nerd or a geek, and you’re looking for love—you’ve come to the right spot.

As most nerds and geeks tend to be great with technology and less excited about going out in big groups, it makes sense that dating apps for nerds would be a big thing. Today, that’s what we’re looking at.

Here are the best nerd dating apps for geeks, sci-fi lovers, Trekkies and techies.

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Kippo

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As one of the top five options on our list of the best gamer dating apps, Kippo is a shoo-in when it comes to dating apps for nerds. Yes, this is based on the notion that nerds like video games (which we believe is true but some argue is just a result of the media perception created). If you’re a nerd who doesn’t like video games, Kippo isn’t going to be a great option for you.

However, if games, the metaverse, and a game-based spin on dating sound appealing to you, you’ll enjoy Kippo. Bear in mind, the matchmaking process at Kippo is wildly different than pretty much every other geek dating app on this list. We’d consider reading our Kippo review to get some more insight, as we talk you through everything you’ll need to know to make a decision.

Geek2Geek

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Are there apps 100% dedicated to people who call themselves geeks or nerds? Yes. Are they apps that we necessarily recommend? Not really. One of these apps is Geek2Geek. One pro that we like about the app is that it’s solely designed for people who call themselves geeks. So, if you’re someone who really digs into what makes you a geek and you want to date someone who also does, it seems like a great idea.

The problems, though, are many. First, there is no iOS or Android app option available. It’s a website that seems pretty heavily outdated and does not respond well to a lot of mobile environments from our testing. Second, the app looks to be a ghost town which is inevitable when you dial in to such a small niche. And third, premium memberships start at almost $40 a month, which would be fine if the quality was there to match, which we just don’t think it is.

We included Geek2Geek to show you “the best” of the nerd-only dating options, just to share why we recommended a lot of nerd app options that cater to people all across the board.

Trek Passions

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If you’re a Trekkie and looking for love, you’re probably excited to hear there’s an app designed specifically for you – Trek Passions. The problem? The website (yes, not an app) is heavily outdated, has some serious design flaws, and shows little signs of life—both Earthly and extra-terrestrial.

Sadly, while the idea is great, this Trekkie dating site looks like it uses technology from when Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was released (1999). And while design flaws are annoying, they generally worry us that they could be signs of bigger security issues with your data and account information behind the scenes.

The one positive is that the dating site is free, however, it’s wildly clear from the quality that it’s free to the point that we think it’s neither safe nor worth your time.

A big miss for us, but again, we want to show you what’s out there when it comes to sci-fi dating apps and Trekkie-specific options.

A Few Key Things to Think About When Selecting A Nerd Dating App

The general standards that we use when evaluating any dating app still matter when you are looking for niche options, including things like safety, quality, value, etc. However, there are some specific factors and features we look for when it comes specifically to dating apps for nerds.

Here are a few of those.

Expanded Ways to Showcase Your Interests

As we already talked about, nerds are people who tend to pursue mastery in different areas of education, intellect, or technological skills. For example, sci-fi singles love to learn as much as they can about the shows and storylines they follow. A top nerd dating app should have plenty of space on your dating profile where you can showcase these things that make you unique.

A Focus on Education

While these options are different than our list of the best dating apps for highly educated singles, we still think it’s important that there is a higher focus on education. This doesn’t mean there needs to be some IQ test or anything like that prior to getting an account, but we at least want to see a marketing focus on this, much like we see with Elite Singles.

They’re Technically With the Times

Most of us nerds are pretty great when it comes to technology. We tend to be on the cutting edge of what is out there. What this means is that it can drive us a little bonkers when we have to use websites or apps that feel like they’re from the 90s—and not in a cool retro sort of way. The best dating apps for nerds truly have the brightest minds designing and developing resulting in a top of the line technological experience.

It’s Not a Nerd-Only Dating Site

While this might sound counterintuitive, it’s actually an important factor. Niche sites are a great idea in theory, but when it comes to how they usually pan out—not so great. Apps catering only to nerds might have the best sales pitch on the planet, but they’re going to have such a small userbase that you’re going to have no luck finding someone special. Instead, it’s better to use a mainstream dating app with a huge userbase that has adequate filters and features you can use to find exactly what you want.

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Author: Matt Seymour, MSF

Matthew J. Seymour is a dating industry expert with over a decade of experience coaching singles, reviewing dating apps, and analyzing trends within the industry. Matt is a published author with his most recent work “Get More Dates: How to Master Online Dating Apps” that hit shelves in 2023. With a Masters of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from the University of Florida and extensive knowledge of the innerworkings of the online dating industry, Matt frequently serves in an advisory role to some of the largest dating apps on the market. In Matt’s current role with Healthy Framework, he leads the interview team that regularly interviews key dating industry leaders, and leverages his financial knowledge and dating app experience to review and share what singles need to know to get the most out of dating online.