Japanese dating app inspired by pandemic encourages office romances, fights isolation and loneliness

Japanese dating app inspired by pandemic encourages office romances, fights isolation and loneliness

Conventional wisdom tells us it is wise to keep our work and private life separate. But, in Japan – with loneliness at an all-time high due to the pandemic – more than 800 companies have signed up for an AI-powered dating app in the hope of helping their employees find love.

Key points:

  • The Aill goen app makes suggestions of what users should say in their text messages to fast track romance
  • It also gauges how much a suitor likes the other person and when the timing is right to ask for a date
  • But a psychologist warns against couples using technology as a substitute for connection and intimacy

With almost two years of COVID-19 limiting the opportunity for young Japanese to interact in person, the app – known as Aill goen – guides courting couples in their text-message chats by suggesting questions to keep the conversation flowing. Read More