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Now don't dismiss this as a fascist, movement to stifle liberty, far from it. You sign up, and pay only when sufficient participants have joined.
The organisers' intentions are to "challenge the modern dating fairy tale" and to "change the way people fall in love". Selected participants who are female come with a chaperone who is a family member. No names or numbers are exchanged, there's no staring, no talking with the opposite gender except under supervision by your chaperone.
The app, which was developed on the Facebook platform, takes basic information from a user’s profile, such as first name, photo, age, and location. Users can view other users, and, if they are interested, start a video chat.
The initial contact lasts a maximum of two minutes, although both parties can agree to extend this by discussing a way to talk offline if there’s a connection.
That’s the idea behind Mixers, a Facebook dating application that gives webcam-connected users two minutes to chat. Mixers CEO Maayan Kimhi got the idea from her own time using dating websites.