Fancying a pop star, football player or maybe even the odd dishy politician is nothing new. But harnessing cutting edge facial mapping tech, which identifies local singles resembling your idea of pin-up perfection, certainly is.
Badoo is a wildly popular London-based dating app that doesn’t have the nudge-nudge notoriety of a Tinder or Grindr, yet has been quietly racking up serious user numbers for years.
The latest twist in their never-ending quest for matchmaking innovation is this celeb lookalike function. The world’s most popular famous faces all already have a Badoo profile page, filled with doppelgangers of various degrees of believability. There is, somewhat inevitably, a bit of a sliding scale of actual likeness.
But those of you who believe that deciding upon a potential life partner shouldn’t be reduced to a split-second decision on an over-posed photo might want to reconsider. The lookie-likey tech is actually a rather nifty way of refining and improving on the more traditional lists and preferences, especially as Badoo has an eye-popping 366 million users for you to connect with.
As one of the first dating apps to develop ways to verify users photos are up to date, Badoo also recently debuted a video function, which also makes perfect sense, allowing verified users to date-before-the-date to see if meeting up will be worth the cost of a drink.
With all the usual location filters too, Londoners now have a serious arsenal of dating tools at their fingertips, far beyond just the ubiquitous swipe. And if that means you end up with a partner on your arm who looks like your pop star crush, well, it really does sound like the stuff of wild dreams. And sci-fi movies too.