This New Dating App Lets You See Videos of Your Matches Before Your Swipe
How many times have you met up with a match off a dating app only to discover that they look nothing like their pictures? Did the chemistry you felt while messaging dissipate once you were face-to-face?
You can only tell so much about a person from their photos… but video, on the other hand, offers a deeper look into someone’s personality and character. That’s why the new dating app Curtn is primed to be kind of a game-changer. And it couldn’t possibly be more timely, considering that many people are still practicing social distancing amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
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The gist is this: Rather than merely uploading your most flattering pictures (which don’t always represent you in the most accurate light), you’ll create short video clips similar to those you’d see on TikTok or an Instagram Story. Co-founder and CEO Brenden Strauss believes this approach sets the stage for a more “authentic” experience right from the get-go.
“Not only do video profiles alleviate the anxieties of meeting a stranger for the first time, they enable users to determine whether a connection is possible in a matter of seconds,” he says. “This leads to smarter, more efficient dating in a world where online dating options seem endless.”
What many users seem to appreciate about Curtn is that the nature of the app inherently protects you from catfishers (and kittenfishers, too).
“You can see videos that aren’t altered or edited,” explains one App Store reviewer. “There is no questioning if a person is real or not if you can video chat them right through the app,” adds another.
Users also seem to feel like the focus on video allows them to better evaluate whether they’re a good match with someone or not. If there isn’t a spark, they can cut their losses and move on before wasting their time on a date that isn’t going to lead anywhere.
“Curtn lets me skip a lot of the BS,” says one reviewer. “I can see what people are like immediately.”
Before you give Curtn a download a spin, here’s everything you need to know about using this innovative app so you can start matching fast.
How to Set Up Your Profile on Curtn
After entering some basic info (name, birthday, gender identity) you’ll be asked about the specifications of who you’re looking for. That’ll lead to the option of adding up to six photos. Note that there’s no real point in uploading a shot from years ago when you were in way better shape as other users can tell what you look like right away from your videos. Stick with pictures that are as current as possible.
In order to flesh out your profile, you’ll select a prompt and record a quick video with your response. The prompts range from thought-provoking to playful — some examples ask your biggest pet peeve, if you’re a dog or cat person, or who your hero is.With hundreds to choose from, you’re bound to find one that gets you excited.
Once you’ve found a prompt that inspires you, you’ll hold down the red button to record. Fumble your words or get tongue-tied? Don’t stress — after you finish recording, you’ll have the option to view the clip before deciding whether or not you want to save it to your profile or reshoot it.
The important thing to know here is that you can’t see your matches until you’ve answered at least one video prompt.
How the Matching Works on Curtn
Once you’ve set up your profile, turned on your location, and recorded at least one prompt, you’ll have the opportunity to swipe through a series of prospects (and view any of the videos they recorded). If you and another user both like each other, you’ll get a notification with the option to start chatting. You can also take things up a notch by switching over to video chat, but only if the other person accepts your call for things to begin.
Tips for Success on Curtn
While only one video prompt is required, there’s definitely an advantage to recording at least a few. The more footage you provide, the better your potential matches will be able to get a sense of who you are.
In order to ensure that your prospects can see and hear you clearly, record your videos in a space that is well-lit, and has minimal or no background noise. Additionally, you might want to think about how you’re angling your phone camera. Slightly above or eye level is ideal, since an upward angle can be pretty unflattering.
The videos are super short, so don’t waste any footage time repeating the question — just answer it in the charming, personable way you’d answer it otherwise.
Above all, if it feels a tad awkward recording yourself at first, don’t overthink it. The more relaxed you are, the more likely you are to be your genuine self. Ultimately, that’s the name of the game on Curtn.
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