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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"The Catch" Cuts out the Creepers: Dating App Meets 20 Questions

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 7:58 AM

click to enlarge An example of what a question/answer round with The Catch looks like. - THE CATCH
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  • An example of what a question/answer round with The Catch looks like.
Several years ago, online dating was reserved for the people who absolutely could not get a date in real life — either because they were divorced and didn’t know any other single people, or simply because they were super weird and didn’t have any other hope aside from trolling the internet and crossing their fingers.

Oh how times have changed. These days, people of all ages, marital status and social ability use dating apps.

But no matter how many different online dating sites and apps pop up, the same problem remains — there are still a lot of weirdoes who rely primarily on dating apps and sites to get laid. Er, whoops, dates. Okay, both.

While we’re sure there are some creepy and/or clingy females who use dating apps, it’s mostly the strange men of the internet dating world whom we hear complaints about.

“The Catch,” a new “female-centric” app that’s basically a combination dating site and virtual game show, strives to weed out the weirdoes by letting the woman hand-pick who talks to her by playing a multi-round question game.

Each female user selects a small group of male users from the database to answer questions that either she makes up or that are generated through the site. The site-generated questions come from 10 different categories, such as “family,” “fun,” and “culture,” and range from “What’s your ideal Sunday?” and “If you could be a superhero, which one would you be?”

Based on the answers the men give, the woman eliminates one guy every round until there is one contestant left. Once the woman picks the winner, the two can have a conversation through the app, and set up an in-person date if they choose to do so.

“Online dating has primarily been male focused,” says Shannon Ong, the founder and CEO of The Catch. “I wanted to create a safe place for women.”

Ong also stated that The Catch benefits guys as well.

“With Tinder, for example, guys swipe right and sometimes the girls don’t swipe back, but here, guys can’t play the game unless the girl invites them personally,” says Ong. “It’s good for the guys because they’re avoiding rejection.”

Ong founded The Catch in March 2014, and launched the private beta in September. The combination game/app is only in San Francisco for the time being, but the company is trying to expand. The Catch is currently a “mobile-friendly” web app, but will most likely also be IOS compatible by winter.

Currently, there are a little over 1,000 beta users using The Catch. If you want to be one of them, you can request your invite here.
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