New Dating App 'String' Only Lets You Talk Via Voice Note
Singletons using dating apps will be familiar with the minefield that is pre-date messaging.
How long should you message before meeting up? Can you ever really get your personality across in messages? And what happens when one party wants to message endlessly rather than talk IRL?
Well, a new dating app aims to break away from text messaging dramas by only allowing its matched singles to communicate through voice notes - and we're totally intrigued.
Once matched, singles talk by exchanging recorded voice notes, bringing a new and altogether more vocal dimension to virtual dating.
The app was set up by two graduates who, inspired by the changes that happened in the world of dating during the pandemic, spotted a gap in the market.
"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."
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The founders hope to target the student market - which makes sense, with youngsters being the biggest users of voice notes.
But while we love the idea of a voice note-based dating app in theory, we can foresee a few possible issues too.
For instance, many of will know that responding to a long, rambly voice note can be a total nightmare.
We often find ourselves having to re-listen to remind ourselves of what was said, which can lead to longer delays in responding.
Then there's recording, which might be a nightmare for many of the socially anxious daters amongst us.
Even for a confident voice-noter, the idea of having to find a quiet corner every time we want to talk with a potential love interest is, well, not ideal.
That said, the thought of not having to write out endless messages that perfectly convey our top notch banter to a potential suitor is very appealing. Just a few seconds on the record button and you're good to go...
If you fancy voice noting your way to romance, you can download String here.
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