Tame, a new dating app that only allows for users to chat with only one other person at a time, has faced harsh online criticism. Sceptical social media commentators are calling the concept an “online prison”, “a hostage situation”, and “the worst idea ever”.
While some don’t like the concept, the platform would argue that its features are well-reasoned and well-intentioned. Only being able to focus on one person at a time means giving them a fair chance and no one is “left in the dark” or ghosted.
To end a conversation with another person, users must click from a drop-down menu the reason why, for example “no spark” or “toxic behaviour”. This response is shared with the match, giving them closure, the Mirror explained.
The app also does not work via swiping, instead matching people through customised questionnaires. Tame shares that swiping is linked to “higher rates of psychological distress, anxiety, and depression”, reports the Mirror.
While new comments come in, both supportive and critical, Tame shares that is open to feedback and looking to work with the community on their suggestions.