It would be great to meet the one who’s a perfect match for us. But if it means using a sample of our genetic code in order to do it, we’re not so sure we'd take that chance. However, that is exactly what a Houston-based company is setting out to do — bring couples together, one cheek swab at a time.
What we’re referring to is a new dating app called Pheramor, a name that is a hybrid of the word “pheromone” and the French word for love, "amour."
This is how the app works. After 40 years of research, the inventors of Pheramor claim to have come up with 11 scientifically-based markers that are directly connected to how people are attracted to other individuals. What the app does is assess genetic information that’s provided by people while also comparing it to their social media data.
All you have to do is download the app, purchase a kit and connect all of your social media to it. Then you swab one of the sides of your cheeks and send your DNA in. Within two weeks, thanks to the info provided between your pheromones, your markers and the algorithms via your social media accounts, the makers of Pheramor believe that they can find an ideal match for you; one that rivals all of the “swipe left” work that you’ve been doing on apps like Tinder.
Providing a sample of your DNA may sound like a cool way to meet the love of your life, but it would be irresponsible of us to not mention that it could pose a few risks.
For instance, it takes A LOT of trust to share your genetic code with someone because, once they have it, they have it. Just remember that health insurers have denied coverage due to DNA and prospective employers have even avoided hiring prospective employees due to the genetic traits or the propensity to having certain diseases that have shown up in people’s DNA samples.
In other words, before you sign up and swab, make sure you read the fine print.
And just how much does it cost to get this kind of matchmaking service? The DNA test itself is $19.99. There’s also a $10/month service fee (yeah, read the fine print about that too). It’s available on iOS and Android, by the way.
We’ll be on the fence for a while about sending out some of our own genetic code samples in the name of finding true love, but if you’re brave enough to do it, tell us how it went and if you made a love — and also a DNA — match.
We’re not willing to take the risk just yet, but we are curious if you are!