Those seeking love aren’t want for options — at least when it comes to dating apps.
Dozens of services now let users connect with others based on religion, sexuality, race, hobbies, specific sexual interests, or even just a love of bacon.
Video-dating services enjoyed popularity in the ‘80s, when suitors would record personal profiles on VHS tapes to be sorted and distributed to potential matches by dating services.
Clips of these cringe-worthy videos exist online today, where subjects speak directly into a camera about who they are and what they’re looking for.
“I’m looking for the goddess,” waxes another, rose in hand. The most prolific botched video-dating platform is hidden in plain sight.
Instead of posing stoically or fretting over what selfies to use in a profile, the app tries to encourage users to be performative with frames like “My Donald Trump impression.” It’s not the first thing that comes to mind for friendly and flirty, but it is, at the very least, a conversation starter. Cafferata says that the downside to apps like Tinder is that photos only offer a static look at that person.
“You don't know if their voice is terrible, you don't know if they're readable,” he says.
Earlier this year, reported that popular dating app Bumble was adding 10-second clips to its service, though it’s yet to be made available.
But broadly, video hasn’t become a core feature for dating’s most popular services.