Online & App Dating- A True Story

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Blind Date

Let me first start by saying that I’ve never really been open to the “online dating” thing before. I looked down on online dating from my high horse, and scoffed. However, it gets lonely atop my high horse, so I figured I’d give the online dating thing a shot. I chose to be a bit more open-minded and tryout the OK Cupid free online dating site along with their newest app, Crazy Blind Date. I have to say, I was mostly impressed with the site. Mostly.

The process begins with an online dating profile, which you can set up on a computer or conveniently through their mobile app. After countless failed self-pictures and “about me” rewrites, I had my first online dating profile under my belt. After that, you have the choice to answer a myriad of (sometimes extremely personal) questions to narrow down matches in your area. The more questions you answer, the better the matches. You are then compared to other online daters within your set preferences (age, gender, height etc.) based on your answers and OK Cupid’s matching algorithm.

The Crazy Blind Dating app connects directly to this Ok Cupid profile. It still uses your same dating profile photo, but scrambles it to maintain a bit of anonymity for the blind date. This is a great idea in theory, however, my scrambled photo just turned out to look like something out of a Lovecraft novel. Not exactly appealing. From here the app allows you to set up “Plans” for a day and location. With optimism and an open mind, I set my plans for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

So here I am, dating profile set up and personalized, ready for three days of crazy blind dating … or so I thought. As it turns out, I am the only one in this town using the Crazy Blind Dating app. Even using the “Browse” feature, which allows you to pick and choose from dates that others have set up, I came up dateless. Looking at the Google Play Store reviews, I may not be the only one with this problem. With only two stars and a laundry list of complaints to follow it doesn’t appear that anyone is having any luck.

Overall, I was impressed with the OK Cupid service — you may even call me an online dating convert. The UI is easy to use and the matching algorithm seems so far to be pretty effective. The Crazy Blind Date app, however, is a bit of a miss. At least for now. The idea is interesting enough and had it worked, it could have been a lot of fun. Maybe the app will continue to grow and gain more followers. For now, I guess I’ll try not to take it personally.

If you have had any experiences with this app, or others like it, let us know in the comments!

– Tyler
OtterBox Social Media CS


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Tyler McDaniel

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