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If you’re single in 2016, you’re undoubtedly familiar with app dating. From Tinder to Bumble to Hinge, we’ve tried (and most likely failed) at them all. Part of the essential problem with finding love using these apps is that they’re based primarily on appearances, which, as we all know, is dangerous to use as a predictor of relationship success. While the vapid blonde you’d never say two sentences to IRL gets a right-swipe, the average-looking potential matches with similar upbringings, interests, and hobbies get left-swiped into oblivion.
However, what if there was a way to make sure that your match had the same interests as you before you ever even met? If you both have a nostalgic love for handheld video games from the ’90s, you’re in luck, because you might actually meet your other half sooner than you think. While Pokémon Go has had a ton of issues from causing injuries to server crashes, it comes with an unexpected bonus: it’s drawing tons of people to the same location through gyms and Pokéstops, creating chance encounters with strangers that otherwise would never have happened.
For some people, these encounters are actually turning into budding romances. Take, for example, 25-year-old John who was wandering around Brooklyn not searching for a date, but for Pokémon, when he stumbled upon another girl doing the same. After a conversation, John asked out his fellow Pokémon Go enthusiast, saying that he’s “never met a stranger and felt so connected. It’s like you shared the same childhood.” Ok, so this is kind of adorable and much better than telling your future kids that you met on a hookup app while in NOLA for a bachelor party. While telling your friends that you met playing online Pokémon is at least as embarrassing, you’ll at least know that your new date shares the same interests as you, and you never know – they may even help you fill up your Pokedex along the way. .
[via Wall Street Journal]
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