The London Sperm Bank is gamifying how Brits find potential sperm donors.
It’s called the London Sperm Bank Donors app–not the most exciting name, we know–and it gives users instant access to the 25,000+ vials of sperm in England. Even if you’re not British, you can browse the digital catalogue of anonymous donors, all in the name of curiosity. We’re not ashamed to admit we’ve been digital window shopping for sperm donors pretty much all day.
Once in the app, which is free to download from the Apple App Store, you can use the search and filter features to find a donor that fits specific traits you’re looking for in the father of your future progeny, or just casually browse.
It’s actually more of a “scroll” than a “swipe,” but it’s still pretty fascinating (and almost as addictive as Tinder, too). Each result reveals 13 quick hits of info about the man–er, sample?–from hair and eye colour to height to race and religion. Once you click on the match that’s of interest, say, “Donor 1000,” for example, you’re brought to a more in-depth bio.
The app offers a couple of neat features like a “compare list” that allows users to analyze potential donors side by side, and a “wish list” alert that notifies them when new donors with selected traits are entered into the database.
Once a donor is found and the 950£ (about $1,600) has been paid, the sample is shipped to a fertility specialist wherever the woman is receiving treatment.
Now, before you go expatriating to the U.K. to download this app and find the father of your dreams, know that there are some pretty heavy moral questions involved here. Like, whether the selection of a father should be boiled down to a digital experience you can have on your phone while in line at Starbucks. Just saying.
Still, it can’t hurt to download and browse a bit. Just a bit…