Fancy a bit of bristle?
Charity based events Movember and Decembeard have not only generated funds to both prostate cancer and bowel cancer, but have also shown the world the attraction of the facial fuzz.
UK-based 'Bristlr' takes this attraction to a whole new level. A networking site that focuses on "connecting those with beards to those who want to stroke beards."
Whilst it is still in its prototype stages, Bristlr announced in December that they had managed to generate more than 75,000 matches in the bearded community.
Bristlr may have be dubbed "Tinder for Beards" however the dating app network hopes people will look for more than a casual hook-up: "Most dating apps are pretty heavy going.
Instead of expecting to go home with someone, we hope to have a nice chat and share a mutual admiration of a beard or two" the company states on its website.
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Not your cup of tea?
The release of "Coffee Meets Bagel" on Android in the U.S. only this week marks another shift toward a more meaningful approach in online dating. The iOS application was released in August 2013.
Founded by three sisters in April 2012, social dating site, Coffee Meets Bagel limits its U.S. users to only one match – or one bagel as they label it -- a day at around midday.
The match given is based on the user's social profile details and shows mutual friends. If both participants like each other, the app will help the possible date along with a "private chat room". If the "bagel" is not to the user's taste. then they'll have to wait until the next day for a lucky match.
Online dating services don't always get the best reputation for encouraging monogamy, so Coffee Meets Bagel investigated how serious their users are into having serious relationships.
From interviewing more than 500 of its users, the app discovered that almost 65 percent of its members were looking for something serious from apps like Coffee Meets Bagel, according to its 2013 survey.
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