Country music star Johnny Lee is best known for signing the words, “ I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.” This is probably because he wasn’t using a blockchain based dating app, to find that special someone. Of course, to be fair, the song was released in 1980 –long before blockchain technology was even invented – so we’ll have to cut Mr. Lee a little slack.
Fortunately, these days there are plenty of dating apps out there using blockchain technology, which are readily available to everyone. The use of this relatively new tech is aimed at helping singles address one of the biggest problems in online dating – transparency.
For those who use traditional dating apps, there is nothing more frustrating than meeting up with some who completely misprinted themselves on their online profile. However, blockchain technology offers a solution to this problem.
As Investopedia author Joe Liebkind explains,
“Blockchain technology is built on the idea of full transparency and immutability, two factors that play a large role in verifying users’ identities while maintaining the option of privacy. Because users can freely share information which will remain anonymous, but which is easy to verify on a chain, identities are thereby easier to validate.
More importantly, blockchain helps companies offer strong incentives for good behavior such as undergoing a verification process or adding more details to a profile. This, in turn, promotes a more transparent ecosystem that lets users feel confident while avoiding scams, fraud, and dishonest users.”
One site that is taking full advantage of these features is Viola.AI. Viola A.I. uses a combination of blockchain tech and artificial intelligence (AI) to help users find their perfect match. The blockchain side uses smart contracts to verify ID’s and remove fake profiles from the site. Once verified, users will work with a voice-controlled A.I. named Viola who will,
“act as an intelligent personal relationship assistant with the goal of sustaining couples from courtship to marriage.”
Another dating site that uses blockchain tech is the decentralized matchmaking platform known as Ponder. Ponder is designed so that anyone can be a matchmaker for their friend or even complete strangers. In fact, users can even make some cash fixing people up. According to their site,
“each time you successfully matchmake a couple, where they both ‘like’ each other, you win $10. If they eventually end up marrying you win $1000.”
However, the site isn’t strictly used for dating. Due to the transparency blockchain provides, Ponder can also be ideal for finding people in a context that requires a high level of trust – like roommates and babysitters, for example.
For the wealthy and/or beautiful there’s the dating app Luxy. In order for an individual to become a member, they must be able to prove they have an annual income of $200,000 or more. However, those who are a little short on cash can still join Luxy – so long as they receive enough votes from existing members based on physical appearance. Once a member, users have the option filter potential companions based on their income.
It can cost as much $450 to use the app, and the amount can be paid using bitcoin.
Site manager, Raffael Krause recently commented on the company’s decision to accept the popular cryptocurrency. “Introducing crypto will help Luxy align ourselves with the current lifestyles of the successful entrepreneurs and business people within our community,” he says.
“Many of our users are entrepreneurs, and a significant number are in this industry. Accepting bitcoin is just the first step towards integrating blockchain capabilities with Luxy.”
More likely to come… Will you try one?
These are just a few sites that are using blockchain to change the world of online dating – a trend we will likely see more of in the days to come.
So if you are looking for love with someone who’s got blockchain passions as well, maybe these will be you’re go-to in your quest for love.
Are you open to using blockchain based dating apps or websites? Maybe you’ve used one already and have some insights? We’re curious to know, so tweet at us!