Wouldn't you like to see this invented?

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13 May 2006, 1:14 pm

Imagine going to the movies, a restaurant, a concert, or whatever place people use to gather and socialize. Then, you take out a cell phone-sized device out of your pocket which tells you which (girls/boys) in the place do have a (boyfriend/girlfriend), and which ones do not. So, you rule out the engaged ones, and begin looking among the single ones one that is attractive enough for you and start a conversation. I could certainly give some use to something like this - anything to avoid the dreadful "Do you have a (boyfriend/girlfriend)?" question and the subsequent fear of rejection (or worse, a potentially embarrasing situation involving his/her significant other). In the meantime, until technological progress catches up with us, we'll continue to be exposed to the hit-and-miss routine... :?

Anyway, just a thought.


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13 May 2006, 1:57 pm

They have that in Japan. Go there ;)

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13 May 2006, 3:00 pm

That sounds like an interesting device, but I have one simple question:

What sort of technology can be used to read someone's mind to find out whether or not they have a girlfriend or boyfriend? Could it be some sort of mind-bending transponder or something?

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13 May 2006, 6:02 pm

My guess is that this would require people to have their own copies of this device, and you could place your own status (and change it accordingly). Dunno how it would change from room to room, though. What, would it have, like, a radar showing everyone within 20 feet of you as a red or green dot (or as a grey dot indicating that they didn't have this device)? Taking this thing out would be kinda tacky. Heh.



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13 May 2006, 6:08 pm

I don't believe this would be a popular idea. I have noticed that NT's like to flirt with each other reguardless of relationship statuses. I think that there is a thrill of mystery involved with NT flirting, and they'd hate having the truth revealed.



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13 May 2006, 8:43 pm

You know what might be neat? A device similar to what you have mentioned, which allows you to input your personality profile, perhaps like a Myer-Briggs personality profile which is fairly detailed. Then you could just walk around with it in your pocket and if someone has a similar device with a matching personality profile, it could alert you that a potential friend/mate is in your vicinity.



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13 May 2006, 9:05 pm

I suppose we'll have to stick with myspace/facebook in the meantime.


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13 May 2006, 10:18 pm

You know, I bet it wouldn't even be too hard to make either.



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13 May 2006, 11:14 pm

If it were just jsut a transmitter that you set the state(single,attached), I'd carry two... at least. And I'd set em all different.



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14 May 2006, 11:10 am

I'm pretty sure I saw the device of which you speak on tv a few years back.



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14 May 2006, 11:18 am

No doubt you'd still have some people who set their devices as attached when they're really single, and vice versa.



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14 May 2006, 3:08 pm

Ebi wrote:
Imagine going to the movies, a restaurant, a concert, or whatever place people use to gather and socialize. Then, you take out a cell phone-sized device out of your pocket which tells you which (girls/boys) in the place do have a (boyfriend/girlfriend), and which ones do not. So, you rule out the engaged ones, and begin looking among the single ones one that is attractive enough for you and start a conversation. I could certainly give some use to something like this - anything to avoid the dreadful "Do you have a (boyfriend/girlfriend)?" question and the subsequent fear of rejection (or worse, a potentially embarrasing situation involving his/her significant other). In the meantime, until technological progress catches up with us, we'll continue to be exposed to the hit-and-miss routine... :?

Anyway, just a thought.

I'll take this a step further, how about labels that tell you who is psycho/crazy, a golddigger, a slut, a player, lapdog, etc... guys have been thinking of this forever.



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14 May 2006, 5:16 pm

Space wrote:
I'll take this a step further, how about labels that tell you who is psycho/crazy, a golddigger, a slut, a player, lapdog, etc... guys have been thinking of this forever.


Yeah, do like in Snow Crash and tatoo it in their forehead.



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15 May 2006, 4:00 am

Yeah, that labelling system could work like the feedback you get on ebay! You could be warned beforehand, knowing that the person has a 42% positive response rate.

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15 May 2006, 5:23 am

ion wrote:
Yeah, do like in Snow Crash and tatoo it in their forehead.

Or we could make them wear armbands!