January 15, 2013

Get Shot in the Heart with Cupid's Arrow


Ah, love—the feeling of endearment that can mend your life or sometimes break your heart. As the day of showing appreciation to the person or people you love the most is now less than a month away known as Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but think that if you truly care about someone you should be showing that in a new way each and every day in the calendar year.

But for those romantics out there who view V Day as that one day to go above and beyond for that pitter patter emotion but have yet to find a perfect companion, you will be happy to know that OKCupid has just debuted Crazy Blind Date, a mobile application touted as helping single people get more out of life and hopefully find someone to spend eternity with through a blind date that can be established in mere hours.

PC Mag reports that the lovable (pun intended) app is now readily available in both the App Store and Google Play and after a user downloads it, they can then sign into their OKCupid account and create a new profile. If you don’t have a preexisting account, don’t fret my pet as all you need to do is upload one of your favorite shots and fill in your name, birth date and the type of person and sex of the human you are seeking.

Then, you have to check your schedule thoroughly and determine which nights would work for you to go on a date and then select those nights as well as where you will feel most comfortable meeting. Locations range from a night club to a restaurant or even your favorite happy hour spot. Crazy Blind Date will then go to work, finding you who it believes to be the best match and will even schedule the potentially life-changing date on both ends.

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Something to be mindful of however, is that you don’t get access to the lucky other half’s picture. Instead, one hour before your planned meeting time, the application will allow you to open up an IM window where you can then take the steps needed to find out who will be seeing shortly if either the anticipation is killing you or you just don’t like surprises.

"People will say that Crazy Blind Date is too crazy," Sam Yagan, co-founder of OkCupid, said in a statement. "But for a whole generation of young singles, it's going to be a great adventure, and a great complement to traditional online dating."

After you have a hopefully amazing experience, Crazy Blind Date wants to know exactly what you really thought about your date. Like the person? Then send them “Kudos” and the more they get, the higher up on the list they go when being matched with other dating enthusiasts.

"Never before has a dating app allowed singles to pay on a per-date basis, and to vary that payment based on the quality of the date itself," Yagan added. "One of the best parts of Crazy Blind Date will be following along with our users' experiences; after all, even a bad date can be a great story."

Apps are used by people everywhere and anywhere to find out key information, including train and subway arrival times, the weather and even their current location. Thus, it was only a matter of time until a dating-related application was brought to the masses who may be feeling increasingly lonely as the temperature continues to dip outside. If you think this is the first of its kind to be unveiled, you may need to analyze the single scene a little closer.

For example, Badoo is touted as a social networking and dating community application that enables members to get to know each other who might share the same interests. It currently has more than 165 million users and if there isn’t a love connection made, you can still benefit by adding a new friend to your life. Twoo is another app that helps people connect and has the functionality needed for users to suggest a potential match for someone else on the site, while other more notable ones that have those always-on commercials like eHarmony and JDate also come in mobile versions.

SpeedDate stands out from the pack to me as you can virtually speed date with multiple people simultaneously without ever having to leave your comfy couch. Each chat consists of five minutes so if you realize right off the bat the person is definitely not your type, you can move on without wasting any more of your invaluable time.

With technology these days making many of life’s most burdensome tasks easier including cooking and arriving at a location on time when you have no idea in what direction you are supposed to be headed, dating can now be as simple as 1,2,3. For me to you, happy hunting and good luck! Just remember, it’s a big world out there, and if you don’t find your special someone immediately it doesn’t mean they aren’t out there waiting for you. It just means you may need to take a different approach.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey



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