NYU is notorious for killing your love life. It leaves many students single, sad, and frustrated about not getting any. At the same time, it’s also known for being one of the least conventional colleges in the country, attracting a range of eccentric types.
Dating tools such as OKCupid, Grindr, and Tinder may aid in finding that one perfect partner, but sometimes its users are oh-so-basic. Sometimes you just want to be with someone special who will listen to Architecture in Helsinki with you while scrolling through photos of cats in space and crocheting tapir-shaped sweaters for your pet iguana.
Enter LoveFlutter, a “new dating website exclusively for interesting people.” It promises to weed out the boring, vapid types through a questionnaire that measures one’s “quirkiness,” guaranteeing entry only if one is interesting enough — because that’s totally quantifiable, right?
The test, deemed the “QI test” (Q is for quirky, I is for interesting, obviously) and designed by “Dr. Simon Moore, Chartered Psychologist,” consists of “a series of 10 questions based around interests and traits that potentially influence how interesting you are. The more your life and attitudes are in line with these, the higher your QI score.” Questions include, “How many times have you travelled outside you own country in the last six months?” “If you were in a band (and could play guitar or sing), what role would you take?” “How many people liked, commented, or RTed your most recent status update/tweet?” “Would you go to the cinema on your own?” and “How many gigs have you been to in the last six months?”
So if you’re a well-traveled, social media-active person interested in movies and live music, congratulations! You’re pretty darn quirky and now have permission to meet other like-minded folk. They will also likely be rather pretentious and judgmental, having actually created a profile to actively seek out The One based on a questionnaire that measures people’s abilities to afford — financially and time-wise — heavily pursuing their interests.
The questions themselves are far from interesting and don’t reveal anything especially compelling about one’s personality, not that any test may truly compute “interestingness.” Just because someone hasn’t ever left the country, received only one comment on a tweet or isn’t entirely comfortable watching a movie in theaters alone doesn’t mean he or she is boring.
So sign up for Loveflutter if you’re looking to get hot and heavy others who gauge compatibility based on a shallow and somewhat classist questionnaire. If not, you’re probably better off sticking to other dating apps. It may be hard to believe, but many of them allow you to compare mutual interests without dismissing certain potential matches just because they’ve recently been to only two live shows instead of three.