Dating app cuts to the chase, connects friends who want more - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Dating app cuts to the chase, connects friends who want more

PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Online dating sites have taken the dating world by storm, but what if you're looking for something a little less sweet and a little more straightforward? Well, there's no need to wine and dine with a new online app.

Bang with Friends cuts right to the chase. Here's how it works: you import your friends from Facebook and choose the ones who you'd like to have relations with. Then if your friend has the app and wants to have relations with you, too, then you're both notified that you both want to have relations with each other.

"It was just kind of having fun and taking a more straightforward and honest approach," said the founder of the app, Colin Hodge.

Since launching in January, Bang With Friends has soared in popularity, but Hodge said they hit a roadblock when Apple yanked the app off iTunes.

"Hopefully the things they found objectionable they will no longer find objectionable after we continue our conversations with them," Hodge said.

We decided to take the app to professional matchmaker Joann Cohen.

"People are losing their communication skills," Cohen said. "Because so much of communication is really not just verbal, it's body language. It's the tone of the voice."

She said while she encourages online dating, she said this app isn't for those looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right.

"There's no romance in it. It's pure sexual need, sexual desire, and getting it done as quickly as possible," Cohen said. "It's kind of like fast-food line, is how I would describe it."

"It has everything to do with the chemistry and whether you guys click or don't," said Anna Jackson. She said she sees nothing wrong with the app since she found her husband in the so-called fast-food line.

"It was mainly like this app is, I just saw his picture, liked what I saw, and I wanted him, simple as that, so I reached out," Jackson said.

"It gets the inhibitions out of the way. Then they can always meet," said Jouko Rissanen.

"Honestly, it does seem a little creepy, like you're creeping on your Facebook friends," Jim Kay said.

This app is intended for people 18 and older, although they don't verify people's ages other than through Facebook.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • 110th Anniversary: Purvis tornado April 24, 1908

    110th Anniversary: Purvis tornado April 24, 1908

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-04-24 16:09:42 GMT
    Flattened buildings after a tornado struck Purvis in 1908.Flattened buildings after a tornado struck Purvis in 1908.

    It's been 103 years since the deadly tornado came through the city of Purvis. On Friday, April 24, 1908, a series of storms left a line of destruction through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.  According to a report from the McCain Library of Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi, shortly before 2:00 p.m. the clouds took a funnel shape and began to move toward the town. Reports vary about the time the storm actually struck the town; some say 2:13 p.m. while o...

    More >>

    It's been 103 years since the deadly tornado came through the city of Purvis. On Friday, April 24, 1908, a series of storms left a line of destruction through parts of Louisiana and Mississippi.  According to a report from the McCain Library of Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi, shortly before 2:00 p.m. the clouds took a funnel shape and began to move toward the town. Reports vary about the time the storm actually struck the town; some say 2:13 p.m. while o...

    More >>
  • USM ready for rematch with South Alabama

    USM ready for rematch with South Alabama

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 10:17 AM EDT2018-04-24 14:17:09 GMT
    USM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAMUSM head coach Scott Berry. Courtesy: WDAM

    It didn’t take long for Nick Sandlin to capture another award following his return to the mound for USM. The junior was named Conference USA pitcher of the week and a Collegiate Baseball player of the week for the third time this season. Sandlin pitched 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of USM’s 8-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Junior Adam Jackson is expected to take the mound on Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama.

    More >>

    It didn’t take long for Nick Sandlin to capture another award following his return to the mound for USM. The junior was named Conference USA pitcher of the week and a Collegiate Baseball player of the week for the third time this season. Sandlin pitched 12 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in five innings of USM’s 8-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Junior Adam Jackson is expected to take the mound on Tuesday night when the Golden Eagles host South Alabama.

    More >>
  • From QB to RB - USM sophomore Steven Anderson making moves

    From QB to RB - USM sophomore Steven Anderson making moves

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 12:27 AM EDT2018-04-24 04:27:53 GMT
    USM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAM
    USM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAMUSM sophomore running back Steven Anderson. Courtesy: WDAM

    Though soft-spoken, Steven Anderson hits hard. A "violent" runner as Southern Miss teammate Keon Howard describes him, perhaps Anderson is making up for all those years spent at quarterback. "Steven runs like he doesn't want to be hit no more,” Howard said.

    More >>

    Though soft-spoken, Steven Anderson hits hard. A "violent" runner as Southern Miss teammate Keon Howard describes him, perhaps Anderson is making up for all those years spent at quarterback. "Steven runs like he doesn't want to be hit no more,” Howard said.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly