Dating apps have survived the test of time, and many of us are guilty of a Sunday night swipe session when The Fear still hasn’t passed and Monday Dread kicks in.But instead of the traditional drinks-and-a-movie hook up, more and more of us are downloading apps that promise no strings sex.
Riccardo G.’s profile on Couch Surfing.com, the website that partners intrepid wanderers with willing hosts, notes that he lives in the “best neighborhood to go out and have drinks,” that he offers a “cozy/clean/nice sofa/couch” and that he’ll even let you bring your “small dog, if you just can’t live without him.” He describes himself as “amazing, outgoing, funny, smart” and says his interests include friends, eating, drinking, the gym and puppies.
Although the company has initiated a doubling down on mobile, the experience of users like Riccardo might suggest another path to profitability.
The almost decade-old Couchsurfing, which is available in 100,000 cities across the globe, is becoming the go-to hookup app for a certain class of young world travelers.(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quoted in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately.
There’s always something better.” “If you had a reservation somewhere and then a table at Per Se opened up, you’d want to go there,” Alex offers.“Guys view everything as a competition,” he elaborates with his deep, reassuring voice.
” With these dating apps, he says, “you’re always sort of prowling.