I’ve seen advertisements for Farmersonly.com for the past few years. They’re always a little strange because they give you the impression of an early 2000s infomercial — barely finished and made with Windows XP or Windows ’95. I’m almost glad I made that observation in the first place, because when you visit the site, it’s not much different.
I’ve always been fascinated with online dating sites. In fact, this summer I downloaded a few dating apps on my phone to see the differences and try to learn about each of them. Farmers Only is quite different than any modern apps, primarily because of the demographics of people who use it. Besides the obvious difference that all the men are either farmers or wanna-be farmers or former farmers, a lot of them are older — in their 40s or 50s. It’s an interesting change from something like say, Tinder, where most of the men range in ages 18 to 30.
Farmers Only is very easy to use and there are a lot of disclaimers, for instance, “Don’t exchange credit card or bank account information over email.” I thought it was funny because in my generation, that’s almost common sense by now, but then you have men in their 60s and 70s who may have never used a computer before, trying to find a “nice lady” or a “country gal” to call their own.
This whole experience has been very enlightening, though I haven’t really found anyone who has been willing to talk to me. In fact, a lot of the men are confused and don’t understand why I’d be on the site in the first place if I’m not looking for someone (side note: don’t worry, I made it VERY clear in my bio why I have an account). Hopefully someone will come forward, otherwise I’m thinking of tweaking my angle a bit. I think it’d be really interesting for people to know what it’s like to visit a site like Farmers Only and what it’s like to try to find someone when you don’t have a technological background in this very technological age.