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posted by martyb on Sunday October 05 2014, @02:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the Be-Charming.  Like-a-Prince.  From-Venus. dept.

Tricia Romano reports at the Seattle Times that Susie Lee and Katrina Hess have developed Siren, a new online dating app designed to protect against men who inundate women with messages that are by turns gross, hilarious, objectifying and just plain sad. As online dating options have grown, Lee noticed that her friends' frustration did, too: With every good introduction often came a slew of lewd ones. "I just started looking (at online dating options) and very quickly realized how many things are out there and how immediately my 'creepy meter' went up," Lee says. Lee hopes to change the nature of the messages and put women in the driver’s seat.

The free iPhone app, currently launched to a select market in Seattle in August, allows women to peruse men’s pictures and their answers to the “Question of the Day” (“You found a magic lamp and get three wishes. What are they?”) and view their Video Challenges (“Show us a hidden gem in Seattle”). If a woman is suitably impressed by a man’s answers, she can make herself visible to him. Only then can he see what she looks like. "It’s a far more thoughtful — and cautious — approach than the one taken by the dating app of the moment, Tinder, which is effectively a “hot or not” game, with little information beyond a few photos, age and volunteered biographical tidbits," writes Romano. "And the implicit notion that it’s a “hookup” app can be uncomfortable for some women." Lee and Hess are betting that men are less shallow and want more repartee. And they know that women want a little more flirtation than crude references. After all, Siren’s motto is “Charm Someone’s Pants Off.” “Before the ‘pants off,’ it’s more about charming someone,” says Hess. “Be charming.”

 
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  • (Score: 2) by cafebabe on Sunday October 05 2014, @06:28PM

    by cafebabe (894) on Sunday October 05 2014, @06:28PM (#102116) Journal

    Not having a picture basically is an admission that anyone who saw you wouldn't be attracted, since from the little bit I've seen over the years, even mildly attractive people put pictures online.

    There are some curious exceptions to that rule:-

    • Professional sportspeople.
    • High-ranking executives.
    • High-ranking civil servants.
    • Under-cover officers.
    • Celebrities (through prudence or image rights assignments).
    • Transsexuals in transition.
    • People with Body Dismorphic Disorder.
    • People on witness protection programs.
    • Attractive people who doubt they have an attractive personality.

    Admittedly, an account without a clear picture might belong to an ugly person but, to counter that, an attractive picture might have some relationship with the account owner.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 05 2014, @07:10PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday October 05 2014, @07:10PM (#102134)

    I believe you are suffering from selection bias.

    I've noticed more than a few women with attractive pictures on pof turn them off after a few weeks. Occasionally they will go halfway and just disable the more flattering photos and keep the ones that are more obscured. I tend to bookmark the good looking ones (after they pass a google image search to verify they are not forgeries). Then I'll come back to their profiles a few weeks later to see if they are still around, if they've filled in any details that make them sound like more than just a pretty face, etc. Sure lots of them keep their pictures visible, probably even a majority, but I've seen plenty who have disabled them too.

    You probably don't do that, so you are unlikely to notice when a pretty woman decides her looks are drawing too many flies and that maybe she needs to cut back on the honey and go with more vinegar.