Online dating apps revolutionised the way we meet new people and date.
For me, they were a God send because I’m hopeless at approaching girls in real life. Whether it be at a bar, in a club, or stood on the Tube, I’m positively crippled by the fear of rejection and embarrassing myself in front of everyone.
What’s good about online dating apps is that they get rid of that fear so that you and only you knows you’re getting constantly rejected.
I like that privacy.
Now, if you remember the days of The Inbetweeners, the fab four play a game where they take eachother’s mobiles and text a girl that person likes.
It ends disastrously but the principle is important here. That’s because new dating app Ship lets your best-friend swipe on your behalf, effectively ridding yourself of the pressure of having to find someone for yourself and putting it in the hands of someone else.
The idea is that your friends often know you better than you know yourself and may be able to identify suitable profiles of people you might’ve otherwise ignored.
Makes sense, right?
Your friends will be able to see which profiles match what you’re looking for and if they see a perfect match they simply swipe right on the profile.
If they swipe right on the profile, it puts you and all your friends into a group chat so you can discuss the potential match.
Don’t worry, though, the app still lets you set your own preferences so your BFF can’t go completely off the rails.
The app is the brainchild of Aleen Kuperman, Jordana Abraham and Samantha Fishbein, creators of Betches, meme account-turned-millennial media company, and Match Group, which owns Tinder and OkCupid.
They then teamed up with Mandy Ginsberg, CEO of the Match Group, to create Ship.
Betches founders Kuperman, Abraham, and Fishbein said:
“As millennials, dating apps are a part of our collective experience, but the way we connect on these apps doesn’t mimic the real-life interaction that happens when people are out with friends.
“That’s why we’re excited to announce our new dating app, Ship, built to bring social connection back to dating.
“We build our lives around the connections and friendships that matter the most to us, and Ship allows us to be there for our friends as they navigate the world of dating.
“You no longer have to get your friends to wear disguises and sit across the bar on your first date, because we have something even better.
“Ship allows your friends to match for you, and you can send profiles in the in-app group chat before or after you match.
“The chat makes it easy for your friends to discuss a match (and spot any red flags or hidden gems) before you commit to a date.
“Ship brings friends together, even if they’re at different places in life. If you’re in a relationship, but love playing matchmaker for your single friends, now you can make your own account and choose on their behalf.”
I mean, I think it’s a great idea; you’ve tried everything else and it hasn’t worked.
What have you got to lose?!
Images via Getty/Betches