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  • - So dating apps have been a little bizarre.

  • Then there are men on there who like don't get the point

  • and they're like, "Oh, I'm looking for a quarantine bae

  • to come over," like that's not what this is for,

  • this is not the time for that.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Hi, I'm Francesca.

  • - I'm Mike.

  • - It's Destiny.

  • - I am in quarantine and I am single.

  • - And I am single.

  • - Currently quarantined and I'm also single.

  • There's my dog in the back, he's my current boyfriend.

  • So today, I'm gonna be trying

  • this new app called Quarantine Together.

  • - It's not an app like Hinge or Tinder,

  • it sent texts to you directly.

  • - Kind of just go to this website

  • and you fill out your information.

  • - They like pair you with someone,

  • you don't get to see pictures of them,

  • you don't know their name.

  • - Kind of felt like, "Love is Blind,"

  • which I loved, so. (sympathetic awing)

  • And just to get a little more information

  • about how this whole app works,

  • we reached out to one of the creators of the app,

  • just to hear from him

  • how this whole thing is supposed to go.

  • (whooshing) - I'm Daniel Ahmadizadeh

  • and I'm one of the founders of Quarantine Together.

  • Quarantine Together is an app

  • that texts you every single day

  • to see if you've washed your hands

  • or if you're staying indoors

  • and if you reply back, "Yes,"

  • then you get rewarded with a match.

  • And you have 20 minutes

  • to exchange in a text conversation with them,

  • it's completely anonymous so you don't know their number,

  • they don't know your number and if all goes well,

  • if you wanna continue learning more about this person,

  • we send you a link to a private video call.

  • The underlying problem that we're solving,

  • through the loneliness problem,

  • is a lack of human connection problem.

  • Even if you have a handful of people

  • and you create your own little quarantine together,

  • you just catch up with one another everyday at six o'clock,

  • it just will help us all get through this.

  • - I like that they are trying to raise awareness

  • to stay inside, which is like what we should be doing

  • to like help flatten the curve.

  • - The idea of just having

  • that conversation with somebody without necessarily worrying

  • about what they look like

  • and them not worrying about what I look like,

  • sounds kinda nice.

  • - If we don't make it romantically,

  • maybe we can be friends on LinkedIn,

  • like, I don't know, we can be professional buddies.

  • - How do I say this without sounding terrible?

  • I don't really need more friends,

  • like I have a good amount of friends.

  • Let's see how this goes.

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Okay so, I just got a text that says,

  • "Hi, Destiny, this is Quarantine Together.

  • Did you wash your hands or stay indoors today?

  • Are you available to chat with your match

  • in the next few minutes?

  • Reply yes, if so."

  • (upbeat music)

  • I wonder how they're matching me,

  • like how is this my match?

  • Like based off what criteria?

  • Area code?

  • Like, I don't know (laughs).

  • - As I'm sitting here minding my own business,

  • eating my quarantine ice cream,

  • I get a text message from an unknown number.

  • "Reply yes to connect, we'll match you in five minutes,

  • smiley face."

  • Guess I should reply yes.

  • In the meantime, I'll just keep enjoying my ice cream.

  • - So, it was around six when I got the text saying

  • that I was matched with this guy named (bleep).

  • - Guys, I have my first connection.

  • It says, "Michael meet (bleep),

  • reply to this message to connect, introduce yourselves."

  • - I just got matched.

  • It says, "Destiny meet (bleep)."

  • So I said, "Hello."

  • I hope this isn't someone I know (laughs),

  • I'll put it there.

  • (whooshing) - This is both of our first

  • times ever using Quarantine Together.

  • He has not shaved his face, normally he's clean-shaven.

  • I wrote, "I mean, I don't think anyone is shaving their face

  • these days, I've certainly let it slide."

  • (whooshing) - I'm talking to this guy,

  • (bleep), from New York.

  • Conversation's a little dry, he's like,

  • "What do you watch on Netflix?"

  • and I was like, "Well, I've been watching all these shows,

  • Tiger King for example."

  • and he was like, "Oh, I can't really get into that."

  • and I was like, "Oh, okay."

  • So I don't think we have much in common.

  • (whooshing) - So he asked me

  • where I was from and I said, "I was born here in L.A."

  • When I said that, he replied, "Oh, I'm from New York."

  • and I was like, "Oh, okay, this is weird."

  • So I asked him how his quarantine was going

  • and he actually said that he is an essential worker

  • and I was just like immediately just like concerned for him

  • and his like well-being during this time

  • but he seemed to be like taking it in stride.

  • - I haven't really learned

  • that much about him in the 30 minutes we've been chatting.

  • They just sent the link for an audio call

  • and I asked him like, "Hey, did you wanna do that?", like,

  • and no response so I'm just (laughs) like, "Okay."

  • (playful music) - Okay, wow,

  • I guess we're gonna audio call, I think.

  • (playful music)

  • - I don't know if camera's the situation

  • that we want right now but audio sounds good

  • so I'm just gonna click allow.

  • (phone chiming)

  • - Oh, hello.

  • Yes, I do see you now.

  • - Hello?

  • I'm glad this worked, this is,

  • I really didn't know if this technology was gonna

  • do what it needed to do.

  • - So, yeah, how's your quarantine been?

  • Have you just been inside?

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Can you see me?

  • You're super handsome.

  • - I think this quarantine is scary,

  • I'm like extra paranoid now.

  • - Hey, you're my first time

  • and maybe my only time on this (laughs).

  • - So it's been like 10 minutes since I asked (bleep)

  • if he wanted to use the chat thing,

  • he has not responded so I'm gonna take that as a no.

  • I will give him the benefit of the doubt,

  • he may be jaded by a dating app.

  • Sometimes, when you're on dating apps so long,

  • you can just be like tired of the small talk and the mundane

  • but I'm brand-new to this, so I'm like,

  • "Hi, what are you doing?

  • Where are you from?

  • What's your name?"

  • (whooshing) - That was a lot

  • more fun than I expected.

  • I was definitely worried that there were no gay men on it,

  • I found one.

  • - He is not my like typical type

  • but he was like very nice and just very chill

  • and I think that's just all anyone can really ask for.

  • - I think it's really cool

  • that you can be matched with someone anywhere

  • and, specifically, that you could be matched with someone

  • without ever seeing what they look like.

  • I don't know if I could say I enjoyed talking to (bleep),

  • it was nice meeting someone new.

  • So once he found out I was in L.A.,

  • the conversation kinda like really dried out.

  • So I feel like if the app matched people that were closer

  • then maybe people would be more interested

  • 'cause it seems more realistic

  • that you'll actually meet them.

  • - I have been lonely

  • and this was a really helpful distraction.

  • - I think this app definitely helps alleviate

  • some loneliness that people might be having.

  • I just feel a lot more energized

  • just like talking to someone else.

  • - Will I ever find my man?

  • Is he out there?

  • Are you out there?

  • If you're out there, man, call me,

  • you know where to find me, please.

  • Stay safe, wash your hands.

  • (upbeat music)

- So dating apps have been a little bizarre.

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