Remember the good ol’ days of Googling potential mates when you were feeling a tad bit crazy? Well, those will soon be the days of yore. Now there is a facial recognition app in the works for when you are on the prowl. All you need to do is take a quick glance, snap a pic with your Google Glass and NameTag will take care of the rest. Within seconds you’ll have your target’s name, photos and social media profiles. If you really want to go all out, feel free to use the photos to check the National Sex Offenders Registry. Who says romance is dead?
NameTag’s creator Kevin Alan Tussy spoke to the Daily Mail about his app:
“I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us.”
I’m all for making sure your partner isn’t a Patrick Bateman, but let’s remember that American psychos are typically good at masking their sociopathic behaviors. The Ted Bundys of the world unfortunately don’t broadcast that info on the Internet. I’m also seriously hoping the odds of accidentally dating a sex offender are extremely low. What if the guy in question is on the registry because of an accident, like Dale in Horrible Bosses? He was a standup guy who stupidly peed in a park in the middle of the night… On second thought, that was a movie. Continue to avoid sex offenders. Moving on.
Although NameTag is waiting for Google’s seal of approval, the app developed by FacialNetwork.com seems to be the future of dating and possibly our greatest nightmare. Ignoring the abundance of privacy issues here, let’s consider the implications on the future of mating. A 2013 Match.com study found that 49% of women (and 27% of men) would cancel their first date because of something saw about that person online. NameTag is giving women even more material to obsess over. “Does he wear topsiders? Is that picture with his sister a little too Angelina Jolie and her brother at the Oscars? Do his friends look like douches?” I can go on, but you get the point. Woody Allen types are destined to spend their lives in therapy overanalyzing potential dates.
Tom Wiggins, the Deputy Editor of Stuff, shared similar thoughts with the Daily Mail:
“It could be very handy if you’re not afraid of scaring people off with your creepy app. It’s evidently pretty clever but I think most people would find it quite invasive. And isn’t the point of dating to find out more about people? This kind of defeats the object.”
Here’s a question ladies: How would you feel if a guy did this to you? I am sure you’d be fine with it until you remember those photos from Cancun circa 2009. Spring Break forever, bitches… Or what about all those photos of you and your cat? As Ruthie Friedlander brilliantly explains in her essay for Elle, “It takes a guy who really likes you, even loves you, to get turned on when you start talking about how much you love your cat.”
Maybe you really don’t care. You have no shame, and I applaud you. But lets think about how this app will derail your next GNO. It’s already annoying when your friend abruptly checks Tinder in the middle of a juicy story. NameTag makes ignoring you that much easier. Call me old school, but this app is bringing us even closer to dating an operating system like Joaquin Phoenix is in Her.