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April 9, 2022

New Australian Dating App Aims to End Swipe Culture: 'Stop Swiping and Start Living’ with the Out There Dating App

Kathryn Shanks
New Australian Dating App Aims to End Swipe Culture: 'Stop Swiping and Start Living’ with the Out There Dating App
With a focus on real-life meetups, you can ditch the screen and find your spark in the places you love to go.

There’s a plethora of dating apps out there, from your classic OKCupid to the modern classic, Tinder, but for many, these apps just aren’t working out. Endless swiping, stilted text chats, and everyone’s least favourite feature – ghosting – are becoming tiresome; that’s where Out There steps in. This new dating app takes us a little further away from the digital turn, bringing in-person meetups back to the dating scene – with just a little help from your phone.

The way Out There works is simple: users fill in a personality quiz so the app can estimate your compatibility with others and, once you ‘check in’ at one of the venues listed on the app and turn on your broadcast mode, you can see how your compatibility scores against others present, showing you who you might like to approach. The key element of Out There is that you have to be in the same venue as other users to even see them on the app, bringing us all back to the traditional in-person approach that’s fallen to the wayside in recent years.

There’s no more sitting at home swiping, endless chats, and time-wasting. Out There enables real life connections and allows users to gauge chemistry immediately. 
– ALEXANDRA CUTHBERT, CO-FOUNDER OF OUT THERE.

These days, especially after the COVID lockdowns in Melbourne, online or app-based dating is known for wasting time. While many kept trying to find love online over the past two years, people found there was a lot more ‘ghosting, pen pals, and a lot of people using apps as a form of entertainment rather than with the intention of finding meaningful connections’, making it hard to stay optimistic for an actual relationship. Ultimately, over 80% of single people would like to meet someone in real life, rather than through a screen, which is why Out There’s place-based matchmaking is so valuable.

We didn’t design Out There for any specific age, gender, or sexual orientation. We hope it will appeal to everyone, from those young enough they’ve only ever known app dating and want a change, to those of us who remember and miss the good old days of meeting someone in a bar over a drink!
 – ALEXANDRA CUTHBERT, CO-FOUNDER OF OUT THERE.

With venues like bars and clubs, restaurants and cafes, gyms and theatres, and even local parks, there’s something – and someone – for everyone through Out There, particularly given that the app wasn’t designed for a specific demographic. It’s more of a tool for anyone to use, helping people meet in common places to gauge their chemistry in real life. At the moment, Out There is only available in the Melbourne suburb St Kilda, as the release date was pushed for COVID-related delays. They plan to extend the app availability as soon as they can, so stay tuned!

The best way to keep an eye on the app’s development and rollout is via their Instagram page or their website.

If you liked this article, you might like our feature about reading body language to tell if someone’s into you.

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