Everyone knows that the best way to use Tinder – apart from not at all because it is a bin fire – is to use it on behalf on someone else. No pressure to actually chat or go on dates, with all the fun of hunting for matches and judging people.
Now Match Group, the parent company of Tinder and OK Cupid, have released an app that will hopefully not suck the fun out of that experience.
Ship, which just launched and now available in the App Store, allows you to build a profile, but also a “Crew” of friends. You can then either swipe for yourself, or choose a different friend in your Crew to swipe for.
Take it dead seriously – this is their future happiness you’re dealing with – or match your mates up with enough Tinder nightmares for them to start one of those Instagram accounts full of horrifying screenshots.
There’s also a group chat function for your Crew so they can roast you in GIF form as well as by matching you with people who list “fitness” as a hobby.
As with any new dating app, the pool is only as good as the uptake, so it’ll be a bit of time before Ship hits full sail.
But the benefits are clear: the pressure’s off you as the single AF friend, the fun is there for your coupled-up mates who have Tinder bin-fire FOMO for some reason, and you get to find out exactly how high they reckon you can punch.
Plus, the old “my friend had my phone” excuse when you match with someone but then get shy is more relevant than ever.