For female preppers interested in finding a man, the site is a dating goldmine. There are currently about two men for every woman on the site (which is a big disparity compared to a site like Match.com, where there’s a roughly even split), and the average member is over 50.
The most popular book among members is James Wesley Rawles’ “Patriots,” about a group of Christians who must survive an economic meltdown that throws the country into complete chaos and leads to a second civil war. “SHTF” (When s*** hits the fan) and “TEOTWAWKI” (The end of the world as we know it) are common acronyms members include on their profiles, said Burke.
One user, who goes by the screenname Mtexplorer2 but preferred that his real name not be used, said he tried many mainstream dating sites but was always turned down by potential matches as soon as they found out he was a survivalist. Survivalist Singles lets him put everything out in the open, he said, and women only contact him if they have similar beliefs or appreciate his lifestyle.
“It’s hard to connect with someone who doesn’t have a similar mindset. You can’t explain why your truck is packed like you’re always ready for an expedition — they don’t get it,” he said. “But when you meet another survivalist, you start talking about all this stuff and the women look at you like you have a million dollars in the bank.”