By Jennifer Miller The New York Times Tues., April 3, 2018 Over video, chat and text — though rarely in real life — digital dating coaches help you create a more attractive online profile, decipher your date’s cryptic text message and boost your confidence after an unsuccessful Tinder fling. These are not substitutes for a licensed therapist, but they’re convenient. “We strive for instant gratification,” said Liron Shapira, 30, co-founder of a chat-based Silicon Valley startup called Relationship Hero. “We give 24/7 service. If you want advice at 4 a.m., you can get it.” Like virtual brunch Online dating coaches have been around practically since online dating began, but their focus has shifted. In 2009, when Laurie Davis Edwards started a company called eFlirt Expert, her most popular offering was a dating “concierge” who would write client profiles, suggest potential matches and even respond to messages … [Read more...] about What can online dating coaches do for you in the Tinder era?
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By Reuters Too many leftovers from dinner? Vegetables forgotten in the fridge or cans gathering dust at the back of a cupboard? Instead of tossing them out, why not share them with friends and neighbors and care for the planet at the same time? That is the premise of OLIO, a mobile phone app founded in Britain and part of a wave of businesses using technology to cut waste and help the environment. OLIO is the brainchild of two women entrepreneurs aiming to tackle food waste, “one of the biggest problems facing humanity today”. Globally, one third of all food produced, worth nearly $1 trillion, is thrown away, and in the UK alone, an average family throws away 700 pounds ($945) worth of food each year. All of this is “environmentally catastrophic”, Cook said. Not only does it waste land and water to produce it, when left to rot in landfill, food waste releases methane, a greenhouse gas more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide. “That whole set … [Read more...] about Tinder for food: App shares leftovers for a healthier planet
Psychologist Eli Finkel says the only real advantage to online dating is that it introduces you to tons of potential dates. There’s no evidence that matching algorithms work, Finkel says. That’s why Finkel thinks apps like Tinder and Bumble are the best option for single people today, whether you’re looking for casual sex or a serious relationship. “For people who want to whine and moan about how online dating isn’t working,” says psychologist Eli Finkel, “go back in time to 1975. Ask somebody, ‘What does it feel like to not have any realistic possibility of meeting somebody that you could potentially go on a date with?'” At least you’ve got a fighting chance. Finkel is a psychologist at Northwestern University and a professor at the Kellogg School of Management; he’s also the author of “The All-or-Nothing Marriage.” Finkel and his colleagues have been studying … [Read more...] about Apps like Tinder and Bumble have become the only dating services worth your time
For the last few months, I’ve been testing Tinder Select, a secret version of the popular dating app that my colleague Rob Price once described as Tinder for “celebrities, models, and millionaires.” To be clear, I am none of those three things. But Tinder Select has definitely made it easier for me to match with people. Tinder has never officially acknowledged Tinder Select exists – Tinder declined to comment for this article – and there’s a lot of misinformation out there about it. But here is what Tinder Select is actually like, from someone who has used it.The way some press reports have described Tinder Select is like a virtual VIP section of the app, where celebs and high rollers can pop metaphorical overpriced bottles, and talk about how this club is “okay, but really only in the VIP.” That’s not really what it is. The first thing to note about Tinder Select is that it functions more or less the same … [Read more...] about Inside the secret version of Tinder for celebs and other VIPs — here’s what the invite-only ‘Tinder Select’ is like
Over the past 30 years, the number of phone numbers people have has shrunk down to one, explains Greg Cohn, cofounder of an app called Burner. People used to have a separate work line and even an office-wide phone. For personal calls, there was always the home phone. Now many people are down to just one: their cell phone. And that’s increasingly become a problem in a world where you sell couches on Craigslist to strangers, give out your number to Tinder dates you’ve never met, let Airbnb guests staying in your home text you problems, or make a living selling crafts on Etsy. “More and more stuff is just happening on one’s phone,” Cohn said. “You might have a work phone. You might have an office phone. You might have an Etsy. It’s all of these things.” Los Angeles-based Burner is making it so you can have a phone number for each of your identities. But it’s not just a phone number like you use today. Cohn and his … [Read more...] about This startup thinks everyone who does online dating needs to be armed with a tool that drug dealers love