Has The Web Made Us Too Afraid To Mingle?

Has The Web Made Us Too Afraid To Mingle?

Every college kid has, at some point or another, had trouble gathering the guts to walk up to that somebody they’ve been eyeing, and starting a conversation. Well, it seems that there is a website that allows them to just that – sans the sweaty palms and nervous stutter. LikeALittle – a website that helps you connect with people near you – tells you exactly what it’s purpose is in the tagline…it allows students to flirt anonymously. All you need to do is disclose the gender and hair colour of the person you’re trying to attract, where you saw them, with a description and a message.

That description can be as vague, or as detailed as you wish. It can be a simple, “Brunette guy spotted near the pond, in the blue shirt. Let’s get coffee.” Or it can be slightly more intense – “Redheaded girl sitting on a bench outside the library, wearing a green tank-top, blue acid-washed skinny jeans, back boots, a gold necklace, dark eyeshadow, hair in a ponytail, mole on left shoulder, and is that a scar on your forearm? Busy on your computer. I don’t see a wedding ring – how you doin’?”

All you need is for that somebody to check the site on a regular basis, so that they can stumble upon their description. Although, depending on the nature of the description, the recipient of affection may be wooed or scared away.

On top of that, there’s an IM feature to the site, which allows users to chat with each other – under fruit pseudonyms. Go to your schools page, and you can talk to other Apples and Blueberries looking to connect with someone.

It’s genius, with the potential of being creepy. You win some, you lose some, right? Do you think this could become more popular than Facebook?

About The Author

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)

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