When my first marriage ended, aged 29 years old, having been with my first husband for 11 long years, I felt hugely intimidated by the idea of getting back out there and dating. With a 4 year old son I had very little time to go out and meet new people, and in those early days I resigned myself to the fact that I would be alone forever.
I guess it was around 12 months later, having wallowed in a vodka/pizza/chick flick haze for ample time, that I thought about the possibility of dating. And whilst I was still just 30 years old, so much had changed since I had last dated, including the introduction of mobile phones, social media, and on-line dating!
I was never overly convinced about the world of on-line dating and it was only due to pressure from friends, and several bottles of rosé, that I agreed to set up a profile on a dating website, sit back, and wait for Prince Charming to find me.
Out of all the messages I received (none suitable to repeat on a family blog) there was just one guy I agreed to meet and, having seen his photos and learned more about him, I was quietly confident that our date would be a success.
So you can imagine my surprise when I turned up to the restaurant, scanning the room for the 6 foot Adonis I had spent the last two weeks taking to, to see a 5 foot nothing, balding stranger approach me with a gappy toothed grin and, when he opened his mouth to speak, the broadest Lancashire accent I have ever heard in my life. Now I’m not completely superficial but seriously, I need to find my partner attractive, and when this guy went in (on tip toes) for a kiss I ran a mile! That brief encounter was my first, and last, on-line dating experience, and thank god I met my second husband when I did or I fear I would have had many more dates end in just the same way.
When Meetchu, a brand new dating app, got in touch to ask me to take a look at their app, although I am certainly not in the market for dating (fear not Gaz!), I was curious to see how much has changed these days.
It turns out that Meetchu is a dating app with a difference, allowing you to “meet before you meet”. Instead of simply relying on photos and a completely exaggerated bio, you can upload, and view video profiles to make sure that what you see is the real deal. Not only do you get to see what a person really looks like (filter free and present day!), but you can hear their voice, check out their mannerisms and get a real feel as to what they are like as a person.
Meetchu also has a secure voice and video calling feature, meaning you can speak to, and video call, a potential partner without having to hand over your mobile phone number. It’s a great way to break the ice, strike up a conversation and see if the initial spark is there without having to meet in person should it prove to fall a little flat.
For those who aren’t quite ready to show their face, there is also a standard message feature where you can chat, send over photos, videos and a whole range of emojis. My favourite thing is the delete feature, where you can instantly delete all messages sent to the receivers phone at any time. Perfect for those gin fuelled nights where you momentarily lower your standards!
I think as far as dating apps go, Meetchu offers something a little different and is certainly one I would recommend to single friends looking to get into the world of on-line dating. As always I think it’s important to be sensible when meeting someone new, always meet in a public place, and remember that sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your Prince Charming! You can download the free app here.
Have you ever tried Meetchu? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!
** This is a collaborative post with Meetchu. All words and opinions are my own **