Contributed by: ElyseRomano Friday, December 22 2017 @ 09:25 am
We all have that friend: the one who keeps dating the wrong person, over and over again, and is completely oblivious to where they’re going wrong (even though it couldn’t be clearer to you). As you hear about failed date after failed date, it takes every ounce of restraint you have to stop from grabbing their phone and swiping for them.
Now you can do exactly that, thanks to an app called Wingman[*1] , and you won’t risk pissing your pals off in the process.
Wingman puts the decision-making power in the hands of your most trusted (and meddlesome) mates. To get started, download the app, invite the single friend most in need of your Cupid skills, and create a profile for them. Once they approve of what you've written, it goes public and you can begin browsing matches.
Your lovelorn buddy’s romantic future rests entirely in your hands. Though they are able to browse through possible matches, only the official wingman can make the introduction.
As said wingman, when you find a profile you think might be a hit, swipe right to send them your single friend’s deets. It’s then up to them to say yes or no, and if they like what they see, your friend will be notified that a match has been made. If your chosen match is not interested, they simply decline the invitation and neither you nor your friend will be notified.
Wingman is the brainchild of Tina Wilson, an entrepreneur Mashable[*2] describes as “a charismatic, fully grown woman with several decades of IRL dating under her belt.” Wilson told Mashable she got the idea for the site when she found herself single after a breakup and surrounded by friends who were eager to pair her off. When she took too long to dive into online dating, her friends started searching sites for her and inspiration struck.
Wingman has appeal for both sides of the equation. As the single, there’s relief to be found in removing yourself from the direct pressures of online dating. And if you’re shy or nervous, relying on a trustworthy friend to write your profile and break the ice could be game-changing.
As the wingman, the app offers an excuse for sanctioned snooping, and if you’re loved up yourself, it’s a chance to live vicariously through your single friends. Plus, if you found your partner through a dating app, it’s also an opportunity to share all the hard-won knowledge you learned in the trenches.
Wingman may also succeed at something dating companies have been desperate to do for years: emulate real life. Wilson designed the app to recreate the way these interactions often work in person. Friend A spots someone they’re interested in and points them out to Friend B. Friend B suavely makes the introduction so shy Friend A doesn’t have to. Friend B then leaves the budding lovebirds to their own devices, pleased-as-punch grin plastered across their face.
Early users told Wilson they liked that Wingman is more social than other dating apps, and that they enjoyed being able to see the nice things their friends said about them in their profiles. To try it out for yourself, download Wingman for iOS or Android from their website and it also can be found on the respective app stores.