How much do you trust your besties? Enough that you would let them pick your next date? New dating app “Ship” allows friends to pick potential matches for each other.
The idea is that your closest friends know you better than you may know yourself.
Aleen Kuperman, Jordana Abraham and Samantha Fishbein, creators of the meme account Betches, created the app to help daters have assistance in their mate selection process.
“We felt like there could be a better way to incorporate your friends into your online dating experience,” Kuperman, Jordan, and Fishbein explain.
While the founders believe that getting your friends to dictate your dating decisions is a noble idea, dating coach James Preece thinks it may be a bad idea, considering we may tell our friends what we want versus what we need.
“Our friends know what we tell them,” Preece described.
“What we say we want, what we think we want, what we need and what we can get are all completely different things,” he expressed, meaning our friends may not be able to accurately guess our tastes.
The app also has an option where you can invite your friends into a “crew,” where everyone can swipe on each other’s behalf.
In theory, choosing dates for your friends sounds fun, but proceed with caution. Your friends could be choosing traits for you that they like, that have nothing to do with your own personal preferences. Dating and relationships psychologist Madeleine Mason Roantree says that your friends may choose dates for you based on their own agenda.
“The more open and honest you are to your friends about who you are and what you are looking for, the greater the chance of success you’ll have on this app,” Roantree told The Independent.