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Bristlr – A New Form Of Dating App Launches

Different Strokes For Different Folks


Bristlr, a new dating app has just launched. Like most other dating apps, it has its own niche to fill. It will fill a void in the dating app market by uniting those with beards and those who love beards. Beautiful.


I've seen a long line of dating apps come and go. I first remember discovering Tinder at University. My friend and I, downloaded it on my phone, listed ourselves as interested in men and woman as he was gay and I was straight and then we began a very long session of flicking from left to right while we drank most of the bar. Unfortunately my friends had recently put up pictures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on my Facebook, so naturally I was getting matched with other men who wanted to do things to me I’m afraid I can’t mention on here – Much to my friend’s amusement.

My foray into Tinder only lasted for that night. My girlfriend was not amused when I told her what me and my friend had been up to. That was more than fair enough.

Since only using Tinder for one night, I've watched the dating app market skyrocket from the side lines. Everyone ended up on Tinder and would sit there in a bar with their friends while they got matched with each other thanks to geolocation.

I watched idly by when my roommate introduced me to 3nder, the app dedicated to linking couples with prospective singles interested in joining in on a threesome. I thought that was outlandish as dating apps would get, but apparently we were still not sated.

In a world of odd dating sites and apps, we now have Bristlr. ‘The social beard network’. As said, Bristlr will connect bearded folk with those who want to stroke beards.




In the promotion for the app, Bristlr’s functions were outlined: ‘Instead of asking if you're single or taken, or looking for men or women, Bristlr simply asks you if you have a beard. You can find people near you who either have beards, or are looking to meet people with beards. Bristlr also provides a beard-rating option, so you can find out how well a potential date's beard ranks compared to other bearded locals.’

My non-existent stubbly beard weeps over the low ranking it would inevitably receive.

Bristlr was created by John Kershaw, a 28-year-old software developer from Manchester, who says he came up with the idea ‘as a joke.’ I wish my jokes ended up as an app. Perhaps they’re just a bit too risqué. Or just not that funny.

There are odder dating apps out there. IslendingaApp SES an Icelandic dating app is designed to make sure that people aren't matched with people they’re related to. Yes, Iceland really is that small.

So if you’re so inclined, head over down to Bristlr to get your stroke on.

I’m not sure where this dating app craze will end or if it'll ever fizzle out.
I've never quite understood it either. What’s wrong with going up and talking to someone in a bar? Call me old fashioned, but I think I’ll be sticking to that for the time being.


Tom has just graduated from University of East London in Creative and Professional Writing. He loves writing and is currently interning as a content writer hoping to go further. His other loves include Arnold Schwarzenegger films and his dog. Follow him @TomAtSMF

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Bristlr – A New Form Of Dating App Launches Reviewed by Tom Welby on Thursday, December 11, 2014 Rating: 5
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