A recent study conducted by the University of North Texas found that hookup, er, dating apps can lead to lower levels of self-worth and self-esteem due to the fact that they prize physical appearance over all else. Now, a new app hopes to change all that.
Introducing Connecter, a dating app that doesn’t let you see what your potential partner looks like until after you’ve gotten to know them.
According to the app’s website:
In an increasingly materialistic world where appearance is considered the be all and end all, there are a growing proportion of individuals who feel incapable of discovering true love. We at Connecter match according to what’s on the inside rather than what’s on the outside, placing emphasis on the fundamental elements of any relationship; character, personality and mutual interests.
Connecter is the brainchild of 22-year-old Rhys Griffin, who says the idea came to him after he witnessed a woman on a train become distraught she was unable to find any suitable matches on Tinder.
“I was traveling back from university on the train,” Griffin explains. “I was sat next to this girl–for the whole journey all I could feel was her nudging me.”
He continues, “I looked down and I could see that she was using Tinder, a dating app which matches people based on looks alone. She was swiping one way hoping that something would happen. That train journey changed my outlook and vision.”
So how does Connecter work exactly?
Users are asked 10 questions when they first join. A profile is then created. The app uses their responses, which can only be answered once and cannot be changed or revised, to pair them up with other like-minded individuals.
Connecter only shows the top 20% of compatible users, plus any mutual Facebook friends, and the distance that person is from you. From there, users can request to see a potential match’s full profile and pictures, but it’s up to that person if they want to share that information.
Sound complicated? It kinda is. But, then again, dating is kinda complicated, isn’t it?
“We have gone through every app and we have not seen anything where pictures are not the most important thing,” Griffin explains. “Most apps don’t allow you to work on them unless you provide them with five profile pictures.”
He adds: “We want to give everyone the best chance of finding someone you are compatible with, whether that be love or a friendship basis.”