Friday, February 1, 2013
Bang With Friends
In retrospect we met the old-fashioned way. The abbreviated version of that story is a friend was clerking at his office. I picked her up for lunch and he picked me up for dinner a few days later.
All that is to say, I don't have any experience with internet dating. In theory, I'm all for people meeting each other and finding love, but the latest entry on the internet scene leaves me a little...well...let me just tell you about it.
Before I continue, I should probably give you a little insight into the way my brain works.
Pollyanna and I have a lot in common. In fifth grade I was the one who insisted the song lyric was "darn" instead of "damn" because they would "never play swear words on the radio." Those people who hung out behind my high school and looked like they were high. They weren't really using drugs. They probably just didn't get a good night's sleep.
I wish I could say that naivety was a product of a bygone decade, but my first thought after reading about Bang With Friends was, "How interesting. It must be for drummers."
Okay, never mind, you can laugh.
After I realized the target market was wider than the musically inclined I was plagued with a plethora of giggle-inducing questions.
Will there be a next generation app that follows Bang With Friends? Since they've already started their brand maybe it'll be Bang with Friends of Friends or Bang with the Unfriended.
Will there be a Like option for app users?
What happens when Facebook glitches and "accidentally" publishes all the hook ups (is that what they're called? I don't even know) to user's timeline where great-aunts and high school english teachers can comment?
Is it just me or does Bang With Friends seem like the virtual equivalent of a college fraternity party? I can already hear the app users complaining (via anonymous message board of course), "Dude, where are all the girls?"
And maybe that's exactly what Bang With Friends is, a next generation college fraternity party. Even though it seems incomprehensible to me (quite honestly I'm still working hard to convince myself it's not really about drumming) maybe this is part of what it means to be twenty-something in 2013.
What do you think?