Dating: The Final Frontier

Silicon Valley Techies Are Signing Up to Be Sugar Daddies

Ms. Kross is the new president of ArrangementFinders.com. (Getty)

Arrangement Finders is a dating site catering to a very specific clientele: wealthy, heterosexual men, and the women who want to date them.

Founded in 2009, the site announced on Friday it was bringing on porn performer and producer Kayden Kross as its new president. We caught up with Ms. Kross to congratulate her on the new position, as well as hear the latest about the burgeoning sugar daddies site. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

‘Invisible Boyfriend’ Helps You Expertly Fake Being In a Relationship

Haven't found The One? You can now pretend you have. (Getty)

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, countless singletons are no doubt gearing up to respond to that dreaded question from parents, grandparents and other nosy relatives: “So, are you seeing anyone?”

Instead of trying to justify your single status to your crotchety aunt, there’s also another option—downloading an Invisible Boyfriend or Girlfriend, which launched today from private to public beta.

Yep, we’re for real. The apps, founded by St. Louis’s Matthew Homann and Kyle Tabor, let users pay for “believable social proof” that they’re in a relationship. They generate everything from photos and meet-cutes to text messages and actual voicemails—all of them totally fake, but also totally realistic. Read More

Holidays

Does Your Partner Make Less Than $60K? They Might Be About to Dump You

Your current BF's future girlfriend? Sorry. (iTunes)

Dating app Clover is apparently not interested whatsoever in spreading Christmas cheer, because the company just released a bunch of  depressing stats about break-ups in the holiday season.

Clover is like a combination of OkCupid and Tinder. Like on OkCupid, you can scroll through potential matches, and filter them by categories like age, height, and location. Like on Tinder, you can check off people you like, except you can see people who’ve liked you without you having to like them back. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Tired of Tinder? Dating App ‘Hinge’ Scores $12 Million in Funding

Hinge shows you people with whom you share a mutual friend. (Hinge)

Dating app Hinge has just hooked up with some serious cash.

The app, which some have called the “new Tinder,” today announced the completion of a $12 million Series A, bringing their total funding to over $20 million. The funding round was led by Shasta Ventures, with participation from previous investors Lowercase, Great Oaks, Eniac and CAA Ventures, a press release stated.  Read More

Survey Says

Study: We Can Smell People With Similar Political Views

The key to happiness? (Wikimedia Commons)

Looking for a BF who shares your radical right-wing ideologies? Find somebody whose body odor smells good to you.

Sure, that sounds totally gross, but humans are more attracted to the B.O. of people with similar political views, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Political Science. This subconscious armpit-to-nose communication might be “a modern way of signalling compatibility to potential mates,” the Daily Mail reports. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

Matchmaking App Lets You Set Your Friends Up on Online Blind Dates and Watch It All Unfold

Except through an app. (Photo via www.onlinedating.org)

Friends can be terrible matchmakers, and blind dates are notorious for going horribly, horribly wrong. But if you’re willing to give it all another chance, you can now do it from the comfort of your iPhone.

A new app called Hitch can add a little mystery to your mobile dating life by letting your friends set you up on virtual blind dates. Finally, you can look for love without the superficial swipes. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

This At-Home DNA Kit Tells You If Your Relationship Is Doomed

It's as easy as paying US$164 and spitting in a tube! (Facebook)

Want to know what the future holds for your fab new Tinder boyfriend? A Canadian company is claiming they’ve devised an at-home test that can scientifically predict whether you and your partner are destined for long-term happiness.

The Couples Kit, created by Ontario-based Instant Chemistry, has couples participate in genetic and psychological tests to determine their compatibility, the Daily Mail reports. Read More

Dating: The Final Frontier

We Ate Ten Pounds of Valentine’s Day Chocolate With HowAboutWe for Couples

Love at first chocolate making class! Here's a totally not staged photo of us holding hands with chocolate-covered gloves.

For a while, it seemed like single people got all the fun apps—do you know badly I always wanted to do that Tinder swipey thing?! Thankfully, last week I discovered HowAboutWe for Couples, the New York-based dating site geared towards people in relationships.

HowAboutWe began in 2010 as a singles’ dating site aimed at ending “endless online profile browsing,” cofounder Brian Schechter explained to Betabeat. He and fellow founder Aaron Schildkrout wanted to create an experience “where you post actual date ideas, and connect and meet in the real world, away from pokes [and] winks.” Read More