Dating apps have a sort of thrill to them. Just by simply turning on your phone, you have in your hands thousands of potential boos at the swipe of a finger.
For those who peruse the apps to “window shop,” quickly swiping left or right on photos of strangers is a fun past time.
But for those who are actually looking to make a real connection online, you are better off slowing down to catch a date.
“Slow dating” is a term created by French dating app, Once.
The app is built off the idea that people need to slow down and explore someone’s profile before deciding if they are a “yes” or a “no.”
The platform attempts to replicate the focus you may give a person you are dating in real life.
The website for the app explains that each user will be able to view each other’s profile simultaneously and have “each other’s attention for a full 24 hours.”
“Even if your match of the day is crap, it’s okay,” Meyer told Cosmopolitan. “Maybe you’re not going to talk to that person, but at least you’re going to put the app away, and you may even put your phone away and do something else with your day. You can put 100 per cent into another task that’s not swiping on ten thousand profiles.”
Taking the 24 hour pause on a match is also meant to encourage users to consider matches they wouldn’t normally consider.
“If you receive just one match a day, and are presented with someone who isn’t necessarily your type, it will naturally intrigue you – “why have I been suggested him?”. You’ll be more likely to explore the profile and consider this match on more than a two second glance at a profile photo.”
Slowing down to speed up the dating process doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.