A look inside the latest digital dating phenomenon
There’s nothing wrong with being a bit of a hopeless romantic and believing that you might just bump into your soulmate on the sidewalk—but what if finding that person could be found through a social experiment? A new interactive website—that’s totally independent of any company and is completely free—called 8^8 wants to give people the chance to meet someone they would otherwise have a 1 in 16 million chance of meeting.
With just eight questions (each with eight answers), the quiz only takes a few minutes to complete. While that part is quick and easy, the directions going into it make sure you know right away that the site is being sincere; the guidelines ask you not to take the test “while drunk, stoned, sleep-deprived, or in an extreme emotional state.” If someone answers identically to you (that’s where the 1 in 16 million chance comes in) you will both receive emails letting you know. Here’s an example of one of the questions: © Courtesy soulmate-quiz
A ticker on the bottom of the site states that the test has been taken more than 236 thousand times and that nearly six thousand matches have been made. If we know how to use a calculator correctly, that’s a 2.5 percent success rate. Which is about 2.4 percent better than the odds of meeting your perfect match in that bar tonight, right?
We love this social experiment—why not give it a shot?!—but keep in mind that the project is about finding someone who answers identically to you. This means that your so-called soulmate could very well be in the form of a best friend and either gender—not necessarily someone who is compatible with you in a more complementary way. Your match, if made, is another you. But hey, that sounds like some good company to keep.