Online dating can be exhausting.
First you have to swipe until your fingers hurt, then hopefully match with some interesting people and field messages – and let’s be honest, a few creeps – for weeks.
And the repetition… ‘how are you?’, ‘how was your day?’ ‘where are you from?’ – it’s enough to drive any singleton mad.
If you’re fed up with typing but still want romance in your life, there might be a solution on the horizon – and it comes in the form of a new dating app (what else).
Introducing String – the app that only lets you communicate via voice notes.
The new concept, launched by Karan Janjuha, allows people to say goodbye to texting and add another layer to their messaging.
Not only can you chat with voice note, but you can also add personalised messages to your photos – so a picture is now potentially worth more than 1,000 words.
Having the option of hearing your potential date’s voice could also help in building a connection – helping you figure out if they are a good match.
A 2018 study published in a The Royal Society Proceedings journal showed that the pitch of someone’s voice can reveal how attracted they are to their prospective partner.
What’s more, hearing your match’s dulcet tones could also help you discern if they are honest in their approach.
‘The idea came about as a result of using dating apps and realising it’s pretty difficult to get your whole personality across through text messages,’ co-founder Tinashe told The Tab.
‘Texting a friend is easy and feels natural because you already know them and understand their personality, sarcasm and jokes.
‘But doing the same with a stranger you’ve never spoken with is a lot more difficult.
‘So why not do the natural thing and use your voice to communicate?
‘We think voice notes allow people to show their true personality in a much more fun and impactful way.’
It could also mean that the chat is more natural – as sarcasm and humour comes across more easily via voice note – and misunderstandings are avoided.
And it could also be a benefit for potential users who struggle to move their fingers or hands due to illness or disability.
The founders aim to target students, claiming that the younger generation is the biggest users of voice notes – but of course, everyone is welcome to try it.
However, String, which is available through Google Play and the App Store isn’t actually the first dating app to utilise people’s voices rather than their typing skills.
There’s also Unveil, though reviews aren’t great – with one user calling it ‘a complete failure’ and Waving – though again, reviews are 2.3 out of 5.
Regardless, it poses the question: are voice notes the future of dating?
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