The New York Times might say landing strips are out of sexual style, but this new app promises to keep users scoring in the sky, on the airport runway and beyond.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
The app formerly known as Bang With Friends, Down, is introducing a private messaging feature for users who think they can woo potential partners via anonymous text.
Down matches people with other people who are, in the parlance of our times, DTF. Simply open the app and check off which Facebook friends you’d like to bang. Then, wait for someone, anyone, please, to reciprocate. If they do, the two of you are free to, shall we say, liaise. And if you pick someone who’s not into you, they’ll never know you wanted them.
Nick’s grandparents didn’t know each other yet, but in college, they rode the same bus to class for months. Gramps admired his future wife from afar—well, a row or three away—until the last day of the semester, when he finally gathered the gumption to ask her out. The rest was history.
“That’s a great story,” Nick (not his actual name), a 30-year-old advertising creative, says to me over lunch. “‘I swiped right on her picture’ is not the most romantic story in the world.”
We’re talking about Tinder, the controversial and addictive online dating app that might just send sites like Match and OkCupid to the start-up graveyard. Read More
We at Betabeat are not prudes. For evidence, see Sexy Week.
But we must take umbrage at some disturbing figures we learned from JDate and ChristianMingle‘s State of Dating Report. Apparently, lots of people wrongly believe that sexting doesn’t count as cheating.
Sexting, as in sexy texting. It’s right there in the name!
The viral marriage proposal video, complete with singing, dancing and dumb stunts, is something we hope to leave with 2013. And science may be on our side.
Everyone knows it’s creepy when guys use the smiley face flirtatiously.
We’re not exactly sure why. It’s probably the “I’m not threatening or scary, I promise” vibe. Either way, a text or email with a from someone you haven’t been out with yet is sure to send you running.
It turns out we aren’t in the minority. Actual, real life science (O.K., a “study” from Zoosk.com) shows that men who use in their profile have a 6 percent decrease in incoming messages and 12 percent fewer responses to outgoing messages. Read More
Michelle’s path through the world of online dating has been littered with frauds, phonies and disappointments. Take the cop who claimed he was on disability leave. On their first date, he let slip that his “leave” was actually a suspension, the result of charges that he had beaten an ex-girlfriend.
Then there was the runway model who claimed to divide his time between New York, Miami and Houston—“It’s always a red flag when there are multiple cities,” Michelle said with an eye roll—but couldn’t produce a single nonprofessional photo of himself. He had plenty of close-ups of his abs, though! That imposter turned out to have lifted his images from a Bloomingdale’s catalog.
And don’t even get her started on the innumerable married men who tried to court her online. Read More
Long distance romance can be tough. So tough, in fact, that email, texting, sexting, Snapchat, Skype and phone calls apparently aren’t enough. That, we guess, is where the TapTap wristband comes in.
TapTap wristbands are sold in pairs. When one person touches their wristband, the other person’s will vibrate in a kind of 21st century Morse code. The bracelets create the illusion of an IRL couple experience, assuming the thing you miss most about your sweetie is the feeling of their hand vigorously shaking your wrist. Read More
Long term relationships, huah! What are they good for? Absolutely nothing! That’s why it’s pretty cool that in China, you can simply pay a guy to pretend he likes you for three days. For just $132 a day, you can squire him around town and even display him to your friends and family.
After purchasing him online, the Daily Dot reports, you’ll even receive bargain basement hugs, hand holding, and a couple of perfunctory kisses on the cheek or forehead. But don’t get any funny ideas, because the men’s bodies are strictly not for sale. Read More
We all know the Internet can conjure relationships out of nothing more than thin air and a WiFi router. But where’s tech when you’re embroiled in the nitty gritty of a relationship, jousting with your partner over non-issues like pizza toppings and text message response time?
One Chicago couple might just figure that out. Claire Meyer and Alan Linic have tweeted the cause of every fight they’ve had since August, New York Mag reports, and the resultant account, @WeFoughtAbout, is a real beaut. Read More