Jungle dating app launched 2 months ago. Founder, Sebastian Galindo, said “We make live dates happen by pairing the person with the place in common, so when you have those conversations there’s no awkward cheesy pick-up lines”
When a user makes an account, there is a list of nearby sit-down restaurants, bars and activities like miniature golf, sunset watching, and bowling. These locations or activities can be favorited, and then the user can only swipe on individuals who have at least one choice in common, Galindo said.
“The main problem of current dating apps is that once you match, it’s very hard to actually meet up, or it’s just weird,” Galindo said.
Galindo credits another flaw of today’s dating apps to matching with people that a user would normally never see out. Jungle provides a solution to this by allowing users to swipe on people who enjoy the same social setting.
“I feel like half of dating is figuring out where the hell you’re going to go,” Jake Nolan its Chief Operating Officer said. “It’s way easier because you already picked a place.”
People use dating apps to meet people that they normally wouldn’t, but then don’t end up meeting face to face. Jungle plans to erase the online dating stigma by promoting in-person dates to promote real chemistry that is built in person, Nolan said.
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