Love and sex: there must be that too in the metaverse. Curtain up for dating app Nevermet.
Nevermets are couples who are in an online relationship without having met in real life, according to the Urban Dictionary, an online dictionary specializing in English slang.
Dating app Nevermet, like Tinder and others, sees itself as a platform for finding a partner, only here it is VBF and VGF is wanted: Virtual boyfriends and girlfriends.
According to philosopher David Chalmers, cyberspace is as real as meat space. It is therefore not surprising that the same problem exists here as there: how to find your lover or at least take the first step? Especially when the other person comes in the form of a banana or a rabbit.
Metaverse Tinder: access only for avatars
This is the biggest difference between Tinder and Nevermet. With this latest platform, the actual appearance doesn’t matter.
The developers also point it out: they are on Nevermet no personal photos allowed, only images of avatars. Profiles are controlled by a moderator. Accordingly, other factors come into play here, such as the sound of one’s own voice.
Otherwise, Nevermet works like Tinder and others. Users create a profile and determine the gender and age group they are interested in. Instead of a physical place of residence, they name a virtual one. The locations go by names like VRChat, Rec Room, and Horizon Worlds.
Then it’s time to slide. In the event of a match, potential lovers can text each other and set up a VR date. Those looking for friendships are also welcome, writes the Nevermet team.
Metaverse Dating: An idea with future potential?
Nevermet was developed by Cam Mullen and Solaris Nite (no artist name or avatar). Together they created the social apps VR Couch, Somewhere and Cheerio.
The latter is entirely designed for getting to know each other and making social contacts and is said to be particularly popular – which is why the founders of the start-up decided to develop the idea further. Thus was born Nevermet, which also attracted a number of investors such as Draper, Boost VC, Greg Castle and Anorak Ventures.
The dating app has future potential, whether or not Mark Zuckerberg’s high metaverse vision comes true. Even without VR glasses, young people are already growing up with and in digital environments – games, social apps, video conferencing – which is why the idea of metaverse dating probably makes sense for many of them. At least that’s what the acclaimed documentary We Met in Virtual Reality suggests.
The digital worlds have determined an advantage: that physical attacks are impossible. And maybe in the end, personality plays a bigger role than in Meatspace. After all, everyone in the Metaverse knows that the avatar is just a digital dress.
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