Like a couple of love-starved penguins governed by instinct and broadband access, two human beings recently found each other on Tinder in Antarctica.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
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
Whether you’re part of a couple this Feb. 14 or not, there’s no reason to be that annoying person on social media who won’t stop ranting and raving about how Valentine’s Day is a stupid, made-up holiday. Read More
People who complain that Tinder promotes shallow, superficial behavior can sod off now, because this copycat app purports to let users judge each other on personality before looks.
“A lot of singles said they want to have sex on a boat,” Patti Stanger of Millionaire Matchmaker announced to an audience full of journalists in the Flatiron Hotel on Saturday.
“What?!” Perez Hilton exclaimed over the crowd’s laughter. “Ew!”
The two were taking part in a panel on sex and dating, organized to Read More
There’s no reason ever to wait in line for a crowded bar again, because science has determined that the best way to get a date now is by searching online.
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
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.
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