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Inside the Website Where Conspiracy Theorists Find Love

"It would be really fun if we got in the car one night and we drove to a nice open quiet dark space and we tried to make ET contact or something."
21.3.17
TOP PHOTO COURTESY OF AINE FIDDEN

This article originally appeared on Broadly. 

Hoping to find love before the imminent collapse of humanity, 54-year-old New Yorker Jenny signed up for Awake Dating – a conspiracy theory dating site – after a string of bad dates. "I met one guy on Tinder," she tells me, "but ended up helping him realize he might be gay."

"I really do want to meet my soulmate and – you may think this is crazy – but I think I need to meditate on it," she adds. "I need to take this desire into a more spiritual realm. Then it might happen and hopefully we can live out the next ten years before the global extinction together."

Annons

Awake Dating caters exclusively for conspiracy theory-loving singletons, but don't call them that. Most prefer to describe themselves as "truthers" or the "awake" because of the negative connotation around tinfoil-hatted conspiracy theorists in popular culture.

Truthers hold a broad spectrum of beliefs. "Some are more into Ufology, some are into the 911/Sandy Hook/false flag events, some are into MKUltra [an alleged CIA mind control scheme] and chemtrails," Jenny explains. "Then there's the flat-earthers and the Illuminati stuff; and the whole Pizzagate thing."

Truthers, Jenny concedes, can be "kinda crazy." But she doesn't do crazies – at least not when it comes to romance. "You've got to be careful about that," she acknowledges.

Arguably, truthers need love more than most. It can be exhausting and alienating to constantly pit yourself against shadowy government organizations, and having someone alongside you in the struggle can be a source of strength.

"It's a lonely thing to be a truther," Jenny says.