Getting their “VIBee” on – Michael Robertson

http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/10/bumble-introduces-vibee-a-verification-feature-independent-of-your-social-status/

Just when we thought dating apps couldn’t get any better! Bumble, a familiar dating app, is offering a new feature called VIBee. This feature allows users to be identified on their profile as a VIBee users, giving them a whole new database of users to swipe away at. In order to get this feature, a request has to be sent from your account to Bumble, users have to have been active on the Bumble platform in order to get access to this new feature. The application uses an algorithm to determine if a user is active enough on the application to be accepted as an exclusive VIBee. Once a VIBee member users have an exclusive database that they are able to browse through. This feature advertises  the chances of a real connection are much higher as the “time wasters” have been removed from the database that a VIBee user would swipe through.

 

What do you guy’s think of this new “exclusive” feature offered by Bumble, and could this new VIBee tag lead to users being judged for such active participation on these dating apps?

Adrianna D. – How Dating Apps Have Only Made Our Sex, Love and Dating Lives Better

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Today’s generation is all about online dating and even more so, dating apps. Apps such as Tinder and Bumble have gained much recognition over the last year and have become the most common method of meeting people and going on dates. This particular article claims that dating apps have only made our sex, love and dating lives better.

Nothing is more fun than sharing your dating stories with your friends, both the horrendous and amazing ones, so the mentality for most is – why not do it for fun? For the stories and experiences? In addition, utilising apps eliminates the pressure of having to meet someone in person; it eliminates the ‘what-if’ questions that run through everyones minds, such as “what if he or she has a girlfriend or a boyfriend?”, “what if he or she rejects me?”, what if, what if… Instead of having to build up the courage, one can sit on their couch in their most comfortable clothing, sip on tea, and swipe left or right without having to walk up to the individual and initiate conversation. It isn’t uncommon to give or receive compliments from others, thus raising one’s self-esteem as well. In many cases, people who take part in online dating meet others who they may not have necessarily thought would be their type.

Dating apps have made meeting others significantly easier. Although there are many advantages, there are also a number of disadvantages that come with meeting people through the use of technology. Is the person real? Is he or she sincere? Is this safe? There will always be controversies, but due to the increasing popularity and dependence on technologies, more and more apps will continue to be launched. Who knows what’s next…

http://elitedaily.com/dating/dating-apps-lives-better/1304680/

 

Emma C – Better Chance At Love? Try A Female Developed App

I came across this article that claims that if you’re looking for a better chance at online dating, try alternatives that are developed by women. It think it’s an interesting notion to think that you may have a better chance at love when you spend time on apps like Coffee Meets Bagel or Bumble.

The article attributes the success to how women developed apps because they are more in tune to ‘what women want’ as male ones do not. It claims that Tinder and OkCupid is more for superficial purposes and does not get to know the user. Coffee Meets Bagel gives you custom matches with mutual friends, the opportunity for feedback, and only one match a day. In addition to this, Bumble not only creates connections but it forces matches to have conversation as females are the only ones who are allowed to begin discussion.

I’d like to know – is there really a difference? Do you know of any success stories on Tinder?

GeekWire – Want a better chance at a relationship? Try a dating app founded by women

Cringeworthy Tinder Moments – Jessica McNamee

In light of this weeks topic and discussions about online and virtual dating, we can’t excuse the new modes of communication that exist in the online dating world. In this week’s movie we see a man who falls into a deep and intimate relationship with his computer. Technology plays such a vital role in the ways we interact and communicate with each other and ultimately the internet and technology has changed the structures of ‘dating’. Tinder creates a medium where people can say and express themselves in ways they most likely wouldn’t do in person thus creates a new means of trying to get laid and meet people. I’ve attached a link with some pretty interesting and worth analyzing Tinder interactions.

Enjoy
http://www.buzzfeed.com/declancashin/romance-is-dead-and-love-is-a-lie#.eidjvv1N0m

Thanks

Jessica McNamee

There’s Nothing Wrong With Loving Your Computer – Carmen Chizanga

Or so Lizzie Dearden discovered while researching techno-human relationships for the Independent It appears the film Her really wasn’t that far fetched when the idea of a man falling in love with his super intelligent computer became a reality.

Futurist, Ray Kurzweil claims that within a few years (by 2029) not only will technology surpass our intelligence but they will be able to interact at human level (predominantly emotionally) by creating algorithms which match that of the human brain. Kurzweil stressed that attributes which partners are expected to have will be attributed to our computers; whether it be humour, romance, or being “sexy” super intelligence will be able to do it.

For many, this idea sounds ludicrous but the further I explored the ideas Kurzweil has put out into the public eye about the advancement of technology the more his ideals seem to become practical. We are in a day and age where utilizing technology matters more than face to face interaction, humans are far more accessible through text and social media platforms than they are in a coffee shop. Some people lust over the release of the latest gadgets more than seeing their own partners after weeks to months of being a part. The age of technophilia (a desire and heightened interest to constantly have access to the latest and most advanced technologies) has been on the rise for over a decade and 15 years from now doesn’t seem like all that long of a time frame for some to feel a mutual to their gadgets.

Kurzweil believes that we will sync to what he calls “singularity” where the lines of distinguishing man and technology will cease to exist.

Ray Kurzweil: The Coming Singularity

Rochelle S – Dating Strangers Online …and FILMING IT

I stumbled upon this YouTube series in which a girl names Alyx uses various apps and websites to meet potential dates and then films her dates with these people. There are many layers to this series – the use of the apps to connect with others, the filming of the dates, the publishing of the date videos on a YouTube channels that gets hundreds of thousands of views, and the community of people that engage using a specific hashtag. Through this, I considered ideas of digital intimacy, community, and online identity.

I linked the series here for educational purposes…also because it is hilariously addicting. Enjoy!