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Love in the Time of Algorithms

Love in the Time of Algorithms

New App Lets You Bet On Your Friends’ Relationships

OBVIOUSLY forever. (Photo: itunes.apple.com)

It’s tough when one of your best friends starts dating a dud. Keep your mouth shut, and you feel like a bad friend. Say something about it, and they’re liable to run back to their poorly chosen lover’s arms quicker than ever.

Now, there’s a new way to get that criticism out of your system anonymously. Forever|NOT lets you bet on how long your friends’ relationships will last and give the the ill-fated paramours feedback, all anonymously. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

17 Hot Tips That Prove Online Dating Is a Nightmare

Settle.

Everyone knows the only thing more awkward than searching for love IRL is trying to find it online. Even the experts say you should be yourself. But if that really worked, you wouldn’t be scouring Tinder for someone to make out with, would you?

Luckily, WIRED has assembled a series of infographics explaining how to “optimize your online dating profile.” That’s tech for “get laid.”

The folks at OkCupid and Match.com helped them create the tips. And now, the folks at Betabeat are telling you the most important points. These are actual real facts gleaned from hundreds of the most popular online dating profiles. Just to reiterate, we did not make these up.  Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Friend Banging App ‘Down’ Adds Anonymous Texts For You to Creep Even Harder

It's truly this easy! (Screengrab via App Store)

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.

The new anonymous messaging app extends Down to contacts who haven’t downloaded the app yet. Read More

Love in the Time of Algorithms

Tinder Is The Night: High-Speed Digital Dating Gets You More Ass Than the L Train

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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