DNA results become part of each user’s profile, and members can search for and evaluate potential matches based on their genetic compatibility.Instant Chemistry and Singld Out are not the first to promote genetic testing to determine romantic compatibility.In 2008, a company called Gene Partner began to offer genetic testing to identify relationship compatibility.Applying a similar concept are “pheromone parties” in which singles sniff well-worn T-shirts worn by members of the opposite sex to facilitate biological matches based on pheromones, the elusive compounds of attraction.They are Dan, Alex, and Marty, budding investment bankers at the same financial firm, which recruited Alex and Marty straight from an Ivy League campus.When asked if they’ve been arranging dates on the apps they’ve been swiping at, all say not one date, but two or three: “You can’t be stuck in one lane …Everyone is drinking, peering into their screens and swiping on the faces of strangers they may have sex with later that evening. “Ew, this guy has Dad bod,” a young woman says of a potential match, swiping left.Her friends smirk, not looking up.“Tinder sucks,” they say. At a booth in the back, three handsome twentysomething guys in button-downs are having beers.
Could the same now be happening to love and lust, the most mysterious and magical of all human emotions?
In recent weeks, two companies (Instant Chemistry and Singld Out) have made a media splash with their launch of a new direct-to-consumer genetic testing service to help determine compatibility in intimate relationships.
Singld Out is an online dating service that operates via the professional networking site Linked In and uses Instant Chemistry’s genetic testing results to match its members.
On this week’s episode of the Reply All podcast, This American Life producer Stephanie Foo talks about the particular difficulty of online dating as an Asian woman. The images were of John and another woman, kissing. Just as Suzanne was clicking through the photos, messages meant for John popped up on the screen. She sent out a mass message to John’s female Asian Facebook friends telling them what she learned. He built up a cadre of several women — all Asian — and then he would get found out, they would all go their separate ways, and he would begin anew.
Suzanne texted John demanding he return home immediately. Suzanne discovered that her loving, loyal boyfriend had been dating multiple women simultaneously.
Online dating can be anxiety inducing, demoralizing, and just plain horrible. Suzanne describes John as sweet, loyal, and spontaneous: one of the best boyfriends she’d ever had. And all of these women had one thing in common: every single one was Asian.