By Emma McGowan
The biggest complaint about dating in San Francisco is that everyone is too obsessed with their goddamn phones to actually, you know, hit on each other. Tinder tends take to the biggest blame for this antisocial phenomenon, but today I introduce an app that takes tech-fueled hookups to a whole new level: Mingleton.
While Tinder and its gay-male predecessor Grindr show you who's game in your general area, Techcrunch reports that Mingleton uses iBeacon technology to help you connect with people who are within 50 meters of you. This is because … making sex eyes is apparently just too old-fashioned?
I’m (obviously) not one of those people who thinks that technology is to blame for all of our dating problems. I believe location-based hookup apps like Tinder, Grindr, and Pure are awesome and have definitely cut out a lot of the bullshit of getting laid, but if you need an app to approach someone who’s in the same room as you, then you need a therapist to help you with that social anxiety issue.
Which leads me to what I think is the biggest problem facing Mingleton: what female is going to sign up for this?
First, there’s the creep-o factor. Personally, I’d really prefer that the random men in the room around me didn’t know anything about me unless I volunteer it in conversation. There’s something too stalker-potential about Mingleton and I can just picture glancing around at all the dudes on their phones and wondering if they’re creeping on my profile.
Second, if a guy needs to furtively ping me on his phone rather than walk 25 meters and say, “Hi, my name is John,” I don’t want to meet him anyway and I certainly don’t want to sleep with him. I can’t imagine that a man (or woman, for that matter) who needs this kind of crutch is a particularly good lover, considering that confidence is a number one characteristic in folks who are good at getting down.
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