When it comes to dating, there isn’t really any hard science for what makes a good match. While some dating apps rely on exclusivity (The League) and photo overload (Tinder, thanks to its recent Insta-integration), other dating apps promise compatibility based on date creativity and friends-of-friends. No matter what your opinion is on dating apps, there’s one thing most of us can agree on: Horoscopes are fun, and they can make dating more fun too. While I’m still pretty dubious about the “science” behind moon and star alignments, Susan and I (that would be Susan Miller, of Astrology Zone) are basically on a first name basis, I consider the AstroTwins to be my pretend BFFs and I check in with Chani and Madame Clairvoyent on the regular. So when I learned about Align, a new dating app that promised to match users with their astrological meant-to-be, I was in.
Align Co-founders Helen Grossman and Aliza Faragher created the dating app because they were both over selfies and meaningless swiping. They wanted a way to discover matches that they were compatible with and excited about, but without hours of sifting through potential suitors — thus, Align was born.
Signing up for Align is easy. Unlike OkCupid, there aren’t endless questions to answer, and there’s no need to think of a witty bio like on Tinder or Hinge. Instead, all you have to do is link your Facebook profile, provide your birth date, answer one question about your personality and choose six traits and emoji to define myself. Picking the traits and emoji was pretty tough, but I took inspiration from Drake and made sure the 100 emoji was in there.
What I loved about the app was the in-depth compatibility report it generated for each of my matches. Rather than forcing me to skim through boring profiles or swipe past photos, Align reveals the pros and cons of a relationship with each of my potential matched. If I liked a match, I could “align” with them and hope that the feeling was mutual, so we could start chatting. Hey, Joey in Los Angeles: Align thinks we are meant-to-be!
Of course, Align still has a few kinks to work out. The app is launching exclusively in Los Angeles, so the rest of the country will have to wait at least a few months before they can find their potential star lovers. Also, since the only photo you can use on your Align profile is your Facebook profile photo, it meant that my BFF was tagging along on my dating adventures, whether she wanted to or not. Sorry, Align, but I like my LOL-worthy profile photo too much to change it for mystery dudes.
While Align might not be for horoscope haters, it’s a fun alternative for anyone looking to dip their toes into the dating waters or an extra source of giggles over your next girls’ brunch.
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