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Intelligent dating app pairs singles based on smarts

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sun, February 12, 2017  /  09:08 am
Intelligent dating app pairs singles based on smarts

Much like OkCupid and Match, users of Sapio can fill in their own details and check out other people’s height, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation, etc. (Shutterstock/File)

If you’re ready to find someone who can match your intellect this Valentine’s Day, new dating app Sapio might be for you.  

The app’s name comes from the word “sapiosexual”, meaning “a person who finds intelligence to be a sexually attractive quality in others.”

“Sapiosexuals can’t be simply defined as people who are only attracted to the highly intelligent. They’re attracted to someone based on a matching level of intelligence, interests, conversation, drive, sense of humor. For many, defining oneself as sapiosexual has become a statement against the current status quo of hookup culture and superficiality, where looks are prized above all else,” co-creator Kristin Tynski told the Huffington Post. Other creators of the app include Tynski’s wife, Kelsey Libert, her twin brother Dan Tysnki, and her brother-in-law Nick Santillo.

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Sapio’s interface is similar to that of Tinder, so users still swipe to like. But what sets it apart is that users can answer 300 questions that the app then uses to create potential matches. The more questions you answer, the more visibility you have to those similar to you, says Tynski. The questions are arranged into categories like Hypotheticals and Achievements. 

The use of questions mirrors more intensive browser-based dating services, such as OkCupid and Match. And much like OkCupid and Match, users of Sapio can fill in their own and check out other people’s height, ethnicity, education, religious affiliation, etc.

Tysnki stated that, in coming from an LGBTQ family, she wanted a dating app that wasn’t just for straight people. So options for gender includes male, female, or non-binary, while sexual orientation includes straight, gay, bisexual, sapiosexual, queer and pansexual. (sul/kes)

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