How’s a suitor supposed to plan a romantic rendezvous in the digital age?
Say hello to Visual Friend, a new and free Internet dating service that brings “singles, Face Time, and your i Phone 4 all together in one fantastic, engaging place.”Visual Friend is essentially a curated version of Chatroulette, where i Phone 4 users can connect face-to-face though Face Time, Apple’s new video calling app.
What’s more, Visual Friend promises to help find your soul mate.
Rather than invest in the complex personality algorithms of professional dating services, the site found a loophole: “Beyond companionship, the chances of meeting your true soul mate on a free dating site will be much higher, as we expect to top the number of members that the paid sites hit.” And just in case you aren’t sold yet, Visual Friend cites the recent Ok Cupid study which found that i Phone users have more sex than Black Berry or Android users (cause, you know, one selling point for a potential soul mate is how many more sexual partners he or she has been with than the average smartphone owner).
So, with these high numbers, filmmakers, Nicole Ellis and Maya Albanese, first set out to tap into this underexposed topic—what is it really like to navigate online dating when you’re blind?
Dating websites, which are by nature visual platforms, add an inherent level of complication for blind or visually impaired users.
Sure, it may seem like we shouldn’t need that reminder in the 21st century, but we do.
Once members have initiated a chat and they desire to progress to the next step, they can swap phone numbers and continue their relationship Face Time style.” Finally, video-chatting has become another archetypal step in relationships, like second base, meeting the parents, and moving in.
In previous years, the festival has provided transcription and description for blind and visually impaired viewers, which would be a very exciting addition, making the film’s story accessible to the people whose story it represents.
Craigslist is unreliable and dangerous; e Harmony and are costly and exclusive; and other online personals usually turn out to be scams.
“You really do step out and take a ride in someone's dating life, and it’s a fun ride.
I think everyone has left having learned what it’s like to be blind or consider dating someone blind to a degree.