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Old November 19 2009, 03:02 AM   #1
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And they say romance is dead...

iPhone app runs background checks on potential date

I mean, I'm all for being a bit cautious, but isn't this just sucking all the emotion and spontaneity out of life? It sounds like something they'd do in Gattaca, not reality.
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Old November 19 2009, 03:09 AM   #2
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Re: And they say romance is dead...

I suspect the process could be simplified considerably by merely checking whether or not the potential partner in question also owns an iPhone.
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Old November 19 2009, 03:14 AM   #3
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Re: And they say romance is dead...

Even Vulcans don't use computers to do their courting for them.

I mean, I have nothing to hide, but if my potential mate/date wants to know about me, she should ASK. *Talk* to me. If she thinks she needs to use her iPhone to screen me, then obviously she does not trust me - that's way too calculating and cold for my liking.
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Old November 19 2009, 06:10 AM   #4
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That was actually the plot of a skit in the movie Amazon Women on the Moon. It had Steve Guttenberg and Rosanna Arquette. You could run a check on a guy to find out if he is selfish in bed or lied about liking Meryl Streep movies to impress a girl.
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Old November 19 2009, 10:12 PM   #5
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Awesome.

I wonder how accurate it is. Background checks generally have a fair degree of uncertainty.
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Old November 19 2009, 10:15 PM   #6
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Re: And they say romance is dead...

Normally I would think this a bit creepy, but lately I've been watching too many Law and Order: SVU episodes. The look of horror on the woman's face as the detectives tell her "But Jane, the man you call your boyfriend raped and murdered 37 women a decade ago" freaks me out!
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Old November 19 2009, 10:40 PM   #7
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Normally I would think this a bit creepy, but lately I've been watching too many Law and Order: SVU episodes. The look of horror on the woman's face as the detectives tell her "But Jane, the man you call your boyfriend raped and murdered 37 women a decade ago" freaks me out!
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Old November 19 2009, 10:57 PM   #8
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Normally I would think this a bit creepy, but lately I've been watching too many Law and Order: SVU episodes. The look of horror on the woman's face as the detectives tell her "But Jane, the man you call your boyfriend raped and murdered 37 women a decade ago" freaks me out!
Yes, you really have been watching too much Law and Order.

My friend Elaine also watches too many of these shows. She has a very distorted view on how the System actually works, and it amps up her already severe paranoia about people.
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Old November 19 2009, 11:10 PM   #9
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Re: And they say romance is dead...

I watch Fringe and yet I don't think that whenever I leave the house I'm being watched by the Observer. Can't we tell what's realistic and what is not? The Wire = semi-realistic, Law and Order = not realistic.
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Old November 20 2009, 12:35 AM   #10
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My goodness people I was just kidding.
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Old November 20 2009, 12:57 AM   #11
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That was actually the plot of a skit in the movie Amazon Women on the Moon. It had Steve Guttenberg and Rosanna Arquette. You could run a check on a guy to find out if he is selfish in bed or lied about liking Meryl Streep movies to impress a girl.
That's the first thing I thought of when I read the OP.
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iPhone app runs background checks on potential date

I mean, I'm all for being a bit cautious, but isn't this just sucking all the emotion and spontaneity out of life? It sounds like something they'd do in Gattaca, not reality.
This coulda been useful with some of the asshole's I've dated. But I'm asshole free now... well except for my own of course.
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Old November 20 2009, 04:22 AM   #13
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Re: And they say romance is dead...

And this, among other reasons, is why I wouldn't date a girl who owns an iPhone.
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Old November 20 2009, 04:30 AM   #14
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I'd totally background check myself just to see what came up....
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Old November 20 2009, 04:34 AM   #15
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Re: And they say romance is dead...

Cakes488 wrote: View Post

This coulda been useful with some of the asshole's I've dated. But I'm asshole free now... well except for my own of course.
Phew! Glad you cleared that up.

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I watch Fringe and yet I don't think that whenever I leave the house I'm being watched by the Observer. Can't we tell what's realistic and what is not? The Wire = semi-realistic, Law and Order = not realistic.
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