Tell me if this sounds familiar:
Ever show up for an online date and can’t find the person you’re looking for? Not because they aren’t at the location you two agreed to meet at…but because they look absolutely nothing like their photos?
You were expecting to see the Prince Harry-type you swiped right on…but instead you got a Carrot Top.
Ugh. There’s nothing worse than getting hit with the old bait-and-switch! As long as humans have had cameras, we’ve had ways to trick others into thinking we’re way more aesthetically pleasing than we are. (Curse you, Photoshop!)
But let us take it a step further:
Not only does the person you’ve met clearly use way too many Instagram filters—but their demeanor doesn’t come close to matching the fun and flirty person you’ve been chatting with on your phone. Did they hire a better ghost writer than the Kardashians?
You’d think in a world filled with incredible technology, we’d have come up with better dating apps. Ones that give you a better sense of what a person is really like—instead of carefully staged photos and carefully craft come-ons.
That’s why the next generation of dating apps will be all about video.
Take, for instance, At First Sight (available for Android), a dating app that lets users create short video profiles to give a sense of what they’re really like. First, users can connect through 60 second video chats. If both parties are interested, they can start chatting via video or voice or text. The platform also connects with Facebook profiles so users can share life updates.
The apps’ ability to let you hear a voice, see a smile and look into someone’s eyes is a lot more powerful than judging from a few words and photos if you have any basic chemistry. No quizzes, no questionnaires, no spellcheck!
We can’t help but think of how many bad online dates could have been avoided if we’d only been able to vet my match with a video chat.
Of course, people could set up amazingly deceptive lighting and plan out a perfect script before they shoot a video. But it’s harder to fool someone into thinking you’re like a young, Harrison Ford-type—when really you’re closer to current, old Harrison Ford— through video than it is via an online profile.
The somewhat strange part is one of the creators of the app is Chris Harrison, host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. That’s right: the same person who has destroyed the ideas of marriage and love via a brutal reality TV show actually helped create something mildly thoughtful!
While At First Sight has some competition from smaller video dating apps, it shouldn’t be long before more popular platforms, like Tinder and Hinge, capitalize on video capabilities.
Next, we just need dating apps to be able to verify height and stature, we should all be able to meet our soulmates! (Am I right, tall ladies?)