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Week In Tech: Love is in the air

By Abigail Storan on 24th August 2018

The weather is getting colder and the days are getting darker. You know what that means, cuffing season is nearly upon us. For those of you unaware of this seasonal trend, here is the urban dictionary definition:

During the Winter months people who would normally rather be single or promiscuous find themselves along with the rest of the world desiring to be “Cuffed” or tied down by a serious relationship. The cold weather and prolonged indoor activity causes singles to become lonely and desperate to be cuffed.

With this in mind, this Week In Tech round-up focuses on the trials and tribulations of love and technology. Enjoy.

It’s all a numbers game

Are you always the single friend? Everyone around you settling down and having babies? Well, why not take a leaf out of Natasha Aponte’s book – arrange a mass tinder date. Hundreds of men flocked to Union Square in Manhattan on Sunday with the hopes of a romantic evening with the New York based model. Boy, were they wrong.

Once the suitors started arriving in the square, a crowd began to form and Aponte took to the stage. She explained what was going on and started whittling down the guys with questions and challenges, saying that the winner would actually go on a date with her. Anyone with a long beard? Axed. Anyone with a beer belly? Gone. Own khaki trousers? Adios amigo.

Not the most conventional first date, but hey, each to their own.

Dating is loko  

How to make a first date even more awkward? A video interview beforehand! Loko, launched this month, is a video-based dating app for no-nonsense singles who don’t have time to swap life stories via text (and to check they’re not being catfished).

To use Loko, you have to create a quick “Hello” introductory video and a 30-second-long “About me” section. Similarly to Tinder, you swipe and like and then when a connection has been made you have 24 hours to schedule an “Elimidate.” A maximum 15-minute video chat to make your match fall head over heels in love or be unmatched forever. No pressure! 

Tinder, Bumble, Happn..Facebook?

Tried all the dating apps and still no luck? All hope is not lost.

Two months after announcing the product at its F8 developer conference, Facebook has begun testing its dating product internally with employees. According to Zuckerberg “This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups.”

Sounds great, but do you really want your potential romantic partners to have access to the moody, black and white, portrait mode selfies of our youth? Not to mention the passive aggressive emo lyric statuses that came with it.

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