At some point, online dating turned from fun to just repetitive. A whole lot of people now find the entire process exhausting and joyless, a never-ending game of brief and unfulfilling “matches” that go nowhere. For people like that, Ship is nothing less than a revolution, allowing the exhausted dater to sit back and put their feet up while their trusted “crew” (friends that you have to approve of) swipe on your behalf as virtual matchmakers helping to find you love.
If you don’t have friends willing to help you out, you can still use Ship as a traditional dating app, but the real benefits and standout features all come from assembling your team that’ll tackle the frustrating world of online dating for you.
This aspect is Ship’s most original feature, exemplified by their “Ship Party,” a live video chat between you and your friends that allows everyone to comment on potential matches in real-time. For those of us exhausted by online dating, and tired of the grind of never-ending swiping, this feature is a very welcome change.
Ship is completely free to use, available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
Once you’ve downloaded the app, you’ll be asked to fill out the standard profile information (age, height, location & gender preference) and upload up to six personal photos. There’s an optional “About Me” section where you can include supplementary information about yourself (hobbies, interests, favorite movies or television shows), and you can choose to include information about your education and employment.
Members & Interactions
Ship is the result of a collaboration between two trusted media & dating brands, Match Group and Betches Media, who have a combined audience of millions. The unique feature of Ship is that users can sign in as either daters or matchmakers. If you’re the former, you can either begin swiping right away, as with any other dating app, or start inviting friends to join your “crew,” the group of matchmakers who will make executive decision on your behalf. If you sign up as a matchmaker, you’re agreeing to help your friends find matches.
One of the app’s unique features is the group video chat, Ship Party, which allows you to create a virtual meet-up with your mates and swipe on potential matches together, getting feedback from your closest friends in real time. The idea was to mimic the feeling of an in-group encounter of friends, who can all help you judge which potential matches might be right for you. It’s a fun and innovative new approach to online dating that makes the whole experience less tedious and more interactive, while also helping you connect with your friends as you try to help each other find the right match.
- Ship allows you to invite your friends to swipe on your behalf
- You create a “crew” of people to help curate your dating life
- Live video feature simulates in-person hangout, helping you state connected and share input with friends
- Alternatively, you can swipe by yourself, treating Ship like a conventional dating app
- Available for both Android and iOS
Safety & Security
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