If you’re tired of judging potential dates — and being judged by them — on looks, a new app offers a different way to find a possible match.
Instead of showing you pictures of candidates, Waving plays you their voice. After telling the app what you’re looking for in a potential date, it will show you the pictureless profiles of possible matches and lets you listen to the recordings they’ve made.
I’m always curious to test out new dating apps and see how well they work. Waving definitely is a refreshing alternative to the Hinges and Bumbles of the world. But I wasn’t sold on it.
Here’s how it works:
Setting up Waving is easy.
You can either sign in through Facebook, which I did, or with an email address.
Once you sign in, you can set your preferences for potential matches.
In its settings area, you can set your preference for the gender of potential dates, your preferred age range, and the maximum distance geographically you’d like the person to be.
As a test, I set the distance to 1,000 miles, which is the maximum. Because the app is so new and not yet used widely, it only showed me four male potential matches within that 1000-mile radius.
Your profile is built around voice recordings, not photos or text.
Unlike other dating apps, you don’t upload your photo to Waving. Instead, you customize your profile by recording yourself saying things.
You can record yourself saying whatever you like and can title each recording as you wish, such as “Hello,” “Hobbies,” or “Things I Like.” For example, I listened to one potential match’s very entertaining review of the most recent Saturday Night Live episode. For now, Waving isn’t policing what people say in their recordings or how they label them.
If you want to delete a recording, you just press down on it, and the app will give you the option.