Do you ever feel like you have way too many dating apps that all basically do the same thing? I mean, no matter which one you’re using, you’re pretty much just swiping through all of the available people until you hopefully match and strike up a conversation with someone to make sure they’re not a serial killer or something. It’s kind of a vicious cycle. Yeah, apps like Bumble and Hinge try to switch it up, but everyone’s still just endlessly swiping. Well…until Love Alarm.
Love Alarm is a new Netflix series about the craziest dating app ever. It’s also called Love Alarm, and it automatically tells you when you’re within a 10 meter radius of someone who loves you. I can’t decide if this sounds like a total nightmare, or a pretty solid way to save your thumbs and time. Anyway, before you spend too much time dreaming up hypothetical scenarios in which this app might hurt or help your love life, you should probably know that it actually exists. Like, in the real world.
The K-drama’s director, Lee Na-jeong explained that the app was created to make the show feel more realistic. Which is truly a public service, because there’s nothing that pulls you out of a good story like unconvincing technology, am I right? (LOL, remember when Kelly Rowland tried to text Nelly in an EXCEL SHEET on her phone in the “Dilemma” music video? These things matter, people!)
“We invested a lot of time and effort in creating an app that actually works, collaborating with app development specialists, designers, and sound designers so that the audience can immerse themselves in the story, watching the characters feeling various emotions looking at the screen of the Love Alarm app,” she said.
In the show, users “sync” the app with their hearts. Obviously, the real version of it has to work a little differently because there’s not yet a way to sync your GD feelings with your phone. (Although…you have to wonder if there would be a way to hook this up to an Apple Watch or something?) The Love Alarm app available to download is actually a bit different from the one on the show. It’s more of a promotional thing where you can interact with the webtoon the show is based on, take quizzes, and find events.
For now, the good news is that you don’t have to worry about receiving that bleak “nobody within a 10 meter radius loves you” notification. The app is only available for Androids in Korea, but given the show’s success all over the world, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched for it to start popping up on phones over here, too.