If it isn't 100% clear yet, Maryland Passions has been designed specifically for the Maryland community. While Maryland Passions is part of a much (much) larger network of niche dating sites, it is a stand-alone Maryland Dating Site and members CHOOSE to join this site. Some online dating networks automatically place members in sites they have not chosen, but Passions Network is different. Members MUST opt-in to the sites in their accounts. While members are welcome (and encouraged) to add sites that match their 'passions in life', they must choose to add the sites on their own, with the only exception being that members must add Passions Network into their account if they want access to Maryland Chat (since the chat system runs from the main site in the network). Another thing that makes this site unique is that it has a number of features that specifically address the interests of the Maryland community. As mentioned briefly above, Maryland Passions has unique Groups that match the theme of the site and give members the ability to more fully express who they are as a person, and what their interests are. It also has Maryland related forums and blogs that are continually being updated and enhanced. Basically, while the overall look and feel of the site may be similar to other sites within Passions Network, Maryland Passions is a completely unique site with features and content and links for the Maryland community. Lastly, aside from Maryland specific features, it also has a vast number of unique features and options that are not found on other online dating & social networking sites, including a huge number of free 'actions' like smooches, hugs, waves, etc., and a large number of free virtual gifts that can be given to other members (freely). So, if you are looking for an Maryland Dating & Social Networking site, then we invite you to look through the vast number of features and options available here. Maryland Passions is free, so if it looks interesting, please join (and tell your friends about us). Thanks!