Remember those web 1.0 crush match sites? Where you entered the AOL addresses of all the boys you thought were cute and if any of them had entered your e-mail, the website notified both of you? Presumably while selling your e-mail address far and wide? The aughts middle school classic has been reincarnated for today’s twentysomethings in the form of new Facebook app, Bang With Friends.
Built by three anonymous (for now) California college bros, Bang With Friends allows users to anonymously identify which of their friends they’d sleep with, notifying both users if they have a match. It racked up 20,000 users in its first week and has already set up 1,000 hook-ups. “One night, we were shooting the shit about how online dating is broken,” one founder told the Daily Beast. “What a lot of people want is just to skip all the shit and get to the sex.” Not to split hairs, but it sounds like the part of online dating he thinks is broken is the part in which you might have to do something other than have sex. Like, for example, make conversation, a key element of both on- and offline dating. Still, it does make sense that people would be more willing to arrange casual sex with their Facebook friends than with strangers off OkCupid. “It would be great, as guys, if you could find out which girls are actually into you and not dance around anything,” he said.
As for the very off-putting quirk wherein the app recommends friends you find so fundamentally unbangable it actually turns you off the whole enterprise (in my case: colleagues, gay friends, cousins, women), the founders say they’re still tweaking it.
“We’ll be honest with you, we made this in two hours … with a lot of Red Bull and vodka … and it took off on its own,” one of the creators said. “What we’re working on right now is building sexual preferences. I personally am completely towards gay rights. We want to give everyone this awesome access to finding people who want to bang.”
Go forth and bang, oblivious ones.