Why talking in real-time saves time and increases intimacy
If you’re like many of us, when your phone rings and it’s not expected, you fear the worst, maybe even clam up. Because so much of our lives are now text-based, the art of speaking on the phone in real-time, without a chance to frantically google the spelling of something, or look up a casual reference you don’t follow, many of us have forgotten how to speak person to person. FaceTime has encouraged talking in real-time via video in a big way, and we love it! But if you’re not an Apple user, or you don’t want to share your phone number quite yet, Tingle’s real-time voice and video chat might just be your new best friends.
According to business psychology professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic in the Guardian UK, living our lives entirely online and putting forth curated profiles doesn’t make dating with online apps realistic, creating an environment where digital eligibility exceeds physical eligibility.
Although Tinder has gained trustworthiness vis-à-vis traditional dating sites by importing users’ pictures and basic background info from Facebook, that hardly makes Tinder profiles realistic. What it does, however, is to increase average levels of attractiveness compared to the real world. Given that most people spend a great deal of time curating their Facebook profiles – uploading selfies from Instagram and reporting well calculated and sophisticated food, music, and film interest – one is left wondering how on earth Tinder users are single in the first place … but only until you meet them.
Talking in real-time, especially video, allows for a natural chemistry and flow to develop between those speaking. When it comes to online dating, those first few days of getting to know each other are vital in determining if you go ahead and meet your match in person. We created phone number free, voice and video chat within Tingle to encourage users to speak with matches before they meet, without worrying about giving out their personal info. Beyond the comfort of knowing your number is safe if a match doesn’t pan out, this also gets you talking faster, so your chances of meeting the person you think you are are increased and you have the benefit of already chatting live, cutting down on those awkward pauses and creating a natural, repeat connection feeling when you do meet.
Taking advantage of Tingle’s real-time voice and especially video chat before you meet matches means you cut down on potential disappointment for either match, and increase the likelihood of realistic expectations and excitement when you go to meet matches in person.
Try it out! And if you need to brush up on your phone skills before calling a match, ring your mum or your dad!