A North Carolina man has come up with a novel way to increase his chances while using online dating apps.
31-year-old Aaron Smith from Greensboro has created a dating app with a unique selling point for women—he is the only man on it.
Known as “Singularity,” the parody app allows users to swipe through several different pictures of Smith.
“The biggest problem with the other apps is that my face is not featured prominently,” he told WFMY-TV.
“If life gives you lemons, you should first make lemonade,” he said. “Then make sure no other companies can produce or distribute their own soft drinks. So the only game in town is lemonade.”
The app is designed for use only on smartphones. There is a website, however, which features the strap-line: “Singularity is designed for use on mobile devices while in a state of existential despair.”
Smith has even created an advert to promote the app.
“Online dating is terrible, and getting more nonsensical each passing year,” the narrator in the YouTube ad says. “Sure you could meet people the old-fashioned way by going outside but that feels like a lot of work. So instead you navigate this bleak dystopian hellscape sifting through the dregs of humanity through your smartphone while each day brings you closer to the cold hard hands of death.”
The person featured in the advert then remarks to the camera that there must be “a better way.” To which the narrator responds: “Well there isn’t, but let’s pretend. Introducing… Singularity.”
“By utilising the latest in personality analysis machine-learning technology, Singularity saves you countless hours of swiping by just matching you with me,” Smith says in the advert.
Singularity contains features which will be familiar to many users of dating apps. You can swipe right to like a profile and swipe left to skip it. But it also contains some more unique additions. For example you can hit the “black hole button” to emit a “blood-curdling scream when you realize what life has become.”
“And don’t worry if you accidentally swipe past your future husband’s profile, they’re pretty much all the same,” Smith said. “So what are you waiting for? Go find the Aaron Smith of your dreams.”
Smith created Singularity with his best friend and software engineer Scott McDowell.
“All of us who have done online dating in some sorta way can all relate to the fact that it really does sometimes suck,” McDowell said.