Never again will you have to watch the footy alone from the corner of a dimly lit bar, because there’s an app which allows you to hook up with drinking buddies instead of dates.
Wanted to go out for a few cocktails, G&Ts but nobody to go with? Don’t worry about it.
How this is new, I don’t know, but WannaDrink is essentially the Tinder for mates.
According to TechCrunch, the app, which is not available yet, is the vision of Redi School teacher Manuel Laudam, student Maxim Matrenitski, a recent Russian emigré; and Ravi Anand Kumar, who moved to Berlin three months ago to work with an IoT startup.
WannaDrink’s photo feature is ephemeral and only appears on the app for the duration of time that users want to be available to meet random strangers for drinks.
Emboldened by the enthusiasm of certain members of the TechCrunch team for the app (it me), the team intends to try and turn their 36-hour hack into a real business and are looking to launch in the next few weeks.
But be careful who you end up hanging out with, because it may or may not lead to more – and if you already have a partner this may not go down well.
My reasoning? Social network MeetMe studied 6,500 of its users and found that over half of people admitted to fantasising about having relations – shall we say – with their best mate of the opposite sex.
If that wasn’t evidence enough, four out of 10 said they’d actually slept with that very friend. Another two thirds fessed up to be willing to do it if the opportunity presented itself.
Others feel as if the problem lies in how people define what friendship is.
Evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar spoke to the Telegraph, revealing women view their best friends as ‘soul mates’ while men see them as ‘convenient’.
What determined with original friendships whether they survived with girls was whether they made effort to talk more to each other one the phone.
Talking had absolutely no effect on boys’ relationships at all. What held up their friendships was doing stuff together. Going to a football match, going to the pub for a drink, playing five a side. They had to make the effort.
So basically, a guy who goes to get a drink with a girl friend will just replace that friend if she becomes unavailable whereas women feel a more close personal attachment to doing activities with and talking to a friend of the opposite sex.