Charmed, I’m Not So Sure
New York Magazine and Tech Crunch have both taken to covering a social dating app that just rolled out yesterday called Charm. Though created in a similar vein to that of Tinder’s, this app features a selling-point of a game changer: that instead of utilizing profile pictures to connect singles interested in getting to know each other, it’s actually using video footage.
Its tag line reads, “Because you’re so much more than a profile pic.” Here’s the thing, though. Are we? I don’t know about you but my profile pictures have historically been highly manipulated to appear as the best versions of me which more often than not are also irregular versions of a better me that may or may not actually exist.
Furthermore, because no data on whether or not the video content being shared via Charm is being passed through some sort of administrative ringer, I have to wonder: isn’t it possible that as this app grows larger and larger, the content being shared on it will grow more crass? And in the event that happens, doesn’t it seem more like what we’ve got on our hands is a cold case of Chatroulette: Mobile Edition? That effectively means pinched nipples and penises flying everywhere! (Update: a representative from Charm has confirmed that they have a zero-tolerance policy for any offensive content and all videos are reviewed.)
Sometimes I feel so bummed that I’m married during these golden years we’re living.