In his book “Modern Romance: An Investigation,” comedian Aziz Ansari wrote,
“If You Own a Smartphone, You’re Carrying a 24/7 Singles Bar in Your Pocket.”
His statement, while humorous, is also quite accurate.
With so many online dating apps readily available, finding a companion for a night on the town is easier than ever. In fact, these types of applications have helped the dating services market, which also includes websites and even coaches, morph into an industry worth roughly $2.5 billion.
Blockchain and dating apps?!
In our previous article “Looking For Love,” we took a look at several blockchain based dating apps that are becoming a part of this growing industry. We also learned how this technology is helping to increase transparency and safety when dating, through identity verification.
However, there are a still a few services of interest that we did not mention in our previous piece. With that in mind, it’s time to take a look at three additional dating apps for those who are still looking for love, or perhaps just interested in how blockchain tech is changing the industry.
The blockchain based dating app Hicky.io, which officially launched last Valentine’s Day, goes to great lengths to ensure their users are who they say they are. This app requires a form of biometric verification using voice recognition and face scan technology for all who wish to utilize the service. Once these scans are complete, the data is encrypted and stored in a decentralized database and can only be accessed by the user.
The platform operates using its very own Hicky token, to help ensure good behavior among users. As The Merkle explains,
“When conflicts arise, the community will be engaged to solve these. Users are involved in conflict resolution will be paid in Hicky tokens, while users that have caused the conflict must pay. This ensures that all parties will behave well on the platform.”
Looking for a service where identify verification and appropriate behavior are a top priority? You may want to take a look at Hicky.io.
According to Loly founder Adryenn Ashley,
“A recent poll showed that men’s #1 fear of going on a blind/online date: that the women would be chubbier than their photos.”
“Women’s #1 fear was being murdered.”
The blockchain based dating app Loly has features designed to help make everyone, particularly women, feel safer when mingling with fellow users. The platform offers, pre-date video chats, sobriety checks, and even the ability to create a “safe” word. When the Loly app hears the word, it will initiate a call to the concerned party. It then provides them with an opportunity to exit the date.
As Ashley explains,
“Under normal circumstances, good girls will be matched with nice guys and a great time will be had by all. But just in case, think of Loly as your over-protective big sister. She’s there to set you up, but she’s also looking out for you.”
Loly also helps match users based on mutual interest, in a manner similar to popular applications like Tinder.
For those looking to take additional safety measures when dating, Loly could potentially be a very useful tool.
According to Silicon Angle Author Duncan Riley, Matchpool is
“a blockchain-powered incentive-based community platform that allows anyone to open his or her own dating pool. Described by the company as “Slack meets Tinder,” the service allows users to create pools, which are similar to Slack channels, which allow connections among friends and niche communities.”
The cryptocurrency associated with the platform is known as the Guppy Token (GUP), which is powered by Ethereum smart contracts. Users can actually earn GUP as matchmakers on the app, for each successful pairing they initiate. Eventually, users should be able to sell their Guppies on various cryptocurrency exchanges.
Matchpool not only provides the opportunity to connect with other users, it also allows talented matchmakers to earn a little a extra coin.
Interested in more blockchain based dating applications? Check out the three we previously covered!
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