E-harmony, Match.com, OkCupid. To most college students, these sites are associated with awkwardness, desperation, and fear. Paying money to date strangers is generally not considered socially acceptable, right? Wrong. Students seem to be tentatively changing their attitudes and instead beginning to embrace the online dating network.
Enter nChooseTwo, a new site that has surfaced on MIT’s social scene and recently expanded to the BU and Harvard campuses. nChooseTwo, created by friends Jason Gao and Tim Hsieh, was developed as a means for mutual friends to match others romantically. According to Gao and Hsieh, “at any college, it’s often hard to find the time to meet potential partners. And even when there are two compatible and interested people, often they are a bit shy and hesitant to go on a date.” As a result nChooseTwo aims to overcome some of the barriers to dating by allowing students to delegate the task of finding a potential partner to their friends.
On nChooseTwo, a student can anonymously set up two of his or her friends. The potential matches will receive an email like “A friend just suggested a new match for you! To view this match, visit https://www.nchoosetwo.com.” Once on nChooseTwo, the potential match will see who his or her match then has the option to either accept or decline the match. Only when both matches accept is the match-maker finally revealed.
Additionally, users can list their “crushes.” If any of your “crushes” also happen to list you on his or her list, both of you will be informed of your mutual interest in each other via email.
Gao and Hsieh say they have already had “hundreds of successful matches (and crushes), as well as a lot of positive feedback” since launching their site a few weeks ago. So who knows, you may just find next year’s Valentine’s Day date through nChooseTwo. Or through the potential match-maker sitting right next to you.
What do you think? Would you use this website if you were a student?