App wants to help you “Get close even when you can’t be close.”
Home in self-isolation? Lonely? Well, cheer up, buttercup—because now there’s an app for that!
Designed by Christopher Smeder and Daniel Ahmadizadeh, the brand-new app has only been around for about two weeks and was inspired out of boredom and a desire to help others through what may be a long, lonely few months. And thus, Quarantine Together was born. They purchased a domain name on March 8 and launched the dating app about a week later.
So, how does it work exactly?
Courtesy of Quarantine Together (website)
Quarantine Together is a little different than those other dating apps where you swipe left or right or get matched because you answered questions the same way. It's a text-based app, to start with, and registered users are sent a message at 6 p.m. each evening asking a very important question: "Did you wash your hands or stay home today?" If the answer is yes, users are sent a text introducing them to another user. After a 15-minute chat, both individuals are asked if they want to video chat and get sent a link. It's then up to them to decide if they want to keep the conversation going, or not.
In this app, users are not given any other information than the other person’s name, so there may be some not-so-good matches or they may be spot on; either way, it's an opportunity to meet someone new and make a connection.
For a brand-new app, it's getting a lot of attention, starting with 200 users on day one and growing by about 50 percent every day, according to the designers. In fact, right now, the app is at capacity and adding users to the waitlist so they can access the service. Follow them on Twitter @helloQT2020 or Instagram @helloQT2020 to be notified of special chances to be bumped to the front of the line!
Quarantine Together is completely free, but donations are being accepted to help secure masks for healthcare workers and other personal protective equipment. They believe one of the biggest appealing factors is that the app is not based on a profile picture or a well-worded biography, it's about connecting on a simple level with another human being.
Dating apps may see an increase as people look for ways to socialize and meet new people while socially distancing. In a way, it forces the process to slow down and opens up possibilities that may not have been explored before.
This is a neat way to connect with people and a great platform to raise support for healthcare workers. It's the time to just #StayHome, but that doesn’t mean we can’t connect and forge new relationships. What do you think about this new app? Would you want to try to find love while isolated at home? Give us the scoop in the comments.