Cupid Transformed

Posted: November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Let’s not pretend we didn’t see this coming; the future of online dating has arrived!  I’m not making fun of the idea, (ok … maybe a little) but the reality is that online dating is more common than we think.  Personally, the idea of meeting my significant other through a website is depressing.  Hell, who am I to judge?  I’m just skeptical of finding true love through a match making website.  Envision the awkward conservation with your family when they ask how the two of you met.  My parents are part of a different generation and the concept of online dating would baffle them.

eHarmony is one of the popular internet dating websites connecting people all across the world. Photo credit to Beth Granter.

However, are social media websites like Twitter and Facebook much different?  Some people consider the amount of followers or friends they have a direct correlation to their social status.  Ask yourself, what is the difference between a friend on Facebook and a friend in real life?  “I only accept people I know,” is a typical response that I have a hard time believing.  Most people would feel uncomfortable offering personal information to a stranger, yet for whatever reason Facebook is the exception.

“CrushBlvd” is a new website that resembles a combination of Facebook and Match.com.  Here’s the official statement from the website explaining the concept:  “CrushBlvd uses a Crush score, which combines a Klout score and social networking features into a unique measuring tool, to determine members’ level of influence according to their looks and their ability to engage others. The higher the score represents the higher the popularity and attractiveness of the member.” (CrushBlvd)

I wasn’t a fan of online dating in the first place and after reading the introduction to CrushBlvd I was tempted to delete my entire social media existence.  To suggest that a website has the ability to determine an individual’s popularity and attractiveness based on a “unique measuring tool” is bizarre.  I couldn’t help but wonder about the people who received significantly low scores and how they were affected by it.  I’ve never had a problem with online dating websites until now and if social media continues to encourage the idea of sites like CrushBlvd I might have to find a new hobby.

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