'Black Mirror' Creates a Real Version of Their Infamous Dating App
While Netflix's near-future sci-fi horror anthology Black Mirror had a pretty strong fourth season overall, one of its best showings was "Hang the DJ."
In typical Black Mirror fashion, the episode was set in a world where all lovers were paired by a dating app that had near limitless control over their social lives. The app would place two people in a relationship at random, and then give that couple a similarly random "expiry date," after which they'd be forced to separate and go start a new relationship with a new person of the dating app's choosing.
It was a social commentary about some exaggerated ways in which a dating app like Tinder or OKCupid could go horribly wrong, and something that a viewer probably wouldn't want to try for themselves after watching the episode. Naturally, to celebrate Valentine's Day, Netflix created a website called coach.dating where lovers can try out the dating app for themselves, and see their own "expiry date." How romantic.
Black Mirror (@blackmirror) February 14, 2018
How it works is pretty straightforward: "Coach" gives you a unique url that you copy and send to your significant other. Once the both of you are on the webpage, it asks you to "put your trust in the system" and press a button at the exact same time (or within five seconds), and then it declares how many years your relationship has left until its heartbreaking end.
Of course, the number is chosen at random, although both you and your partner will get the same number. The app is generous at least, preferring to give a length of time between 13-18 years, although unlucky lovers might get hours or mere minutes if the random number generator doesn't turn out in their favor.
Keep in mind you don't have to break up with them after the expiry date passes, but it's a way to get that authentic Black Mirror experience (why anyone would want an authentic Black Mirror experience is a mystery).
happy valentine's day, we're going to break up in 4 minutes pic.twitter.com/iFmzyixnLj— ➳ jess (@drawingpinss) February 14, 2018
And of course, there may or may not be a way to beat the system after all:
Trust the system pic.twitter.com/ZYwsI1i29K— AJ (@ajbllnr) February 14, 2018
There are probably some less dystopian ways to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, but in a weird way, that doesn't sound nearly as fun. You can try it out here.