In 2016, the dating world largely revolves around dating sites. Gone are the days of hiding behind the once-taboo practice, quickly making up stories of how you and your partner met, to tell your parents and co-workers. In its place are now hundreds of dating site options based on religious views, income, location, favourite movies, and number of friends in common. There are dating sites for cat lovers, cowboys, and people locked up. You can find love if you’re a stoner or a book nerd, a Trekkie or a punk. But what about if you love Pokemon? There’s an app for that.
The Pokemon craze that has swept the world, and motivated millions to leave the comfort of their air conditioned homes and get outside to catch ’em all now has a dating app. It’s about time.
Pok was launched by Michelle Li and Jeffery Zhang after Zhang crashed into a woman while he and a group of friends were at a Pokestop. The woman apologized to Zhang and even volunteered to take him to the doctor. Zhang’s foot healed quickly, and the two have been dating ever since. Talk about a meet-cute of the 2016 variety.
Zhang, a Florida MBA student, and Li, a Toronto resident, had worked together on dating apps in the past. When the idea for Pok literally hit Zhang, he called Li and the two quickly got to work.
Much like Tinder, Pok allows users to swipe yes or no on people they match with. Pok says it lets players ‘Discover like-minded Pokemon Go players’ and ‘Date like-minded people.’ That means no more having to make a relationship work with someone who thinks having a ton of Weedles is as good as catching one Rhydon.
Meeting someone through a Pokemon dating app also means having a first-date activity that doesn’t include the splitting of the cheque. Now it’s just a matter of time before Pokemon Go wedding themes begin springing up.
If you’ve been swiping to catch Pokemon, it’s time to swipe to catch some love.