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People Tell Us About Their Dating App Nightmares

Posted on December 2, 2022

People Tell Us About Their Dating App Nightmares

You could very well find someone who loves you for your obsession with “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” and for your love of Danish hip-hop. The musical context offers an immediate ice-breaker, which is cool. Despite that out of the apps I reviewed, POM is where the chat was the deadest, and also where men were most likely to develop an attitude once I revealed I wasn’t actually looking for love. It’s also so glitchy it made me never want to date again. That alone knocks two points off the score. 4/10. 

The Sauce

The Sauce felt like a TikTok-dating app hybrid. You scroll vertically through profiles, each with at least two videos. No photos are allowed, except for your profile picture. Lip-synching in shared kitchen videos seem to be the bread and butter of most users, but people also post themselves missing goals, hanging out with their friends, playing guitar. It definitely adds some spice. 

“I think it’s a better concept than Tinder and Bumble because it’s got quite a raw feel to it,” says Jeremy, 24. “Videos are a better way to showcase who you are than photos and text.”

The demographic was a lot younger compared to the other apps on this list, the majority of users seemingly being between 21 to 28. The Sauce also seemed to have a healthier balance of women to men and of white people to people of colour (still not amazing, but at this point I was just grateful). I also matched with the app’s CEO and co-founder Sachin Karia, 31, who’s on there for research purposes. 

“We are currently building features like adding music and in-app video editing. The great thing is [that] video gives people who otherwise may not get a chance (not being photogenic) to show how funny, cool and charismatic they are,” Sachin said via Whatsapp. (more…)

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