After finding out she wouldn’t be returning to campus after spring break, Yale University juniorIleanaValdezstarted a dating site with her friends. She and a pal posted a Google form on Facebook asking, “Hey, you didn’t get to shoot your shot before we got kicked off campus? Sign up and we’ll match you.” And within two hours, the 20-year-old says they had around 4-thousand sign-ups.
They call the site “OKZoomer” and since then, it’s grown into a website with more than 18-thousand subscribers from around the country. It matches singles based on personality, with each person filling out a questionnaire. But one thing that’s not included - Photos. Every Saturday night users find out who their matches are and then they go on Zoom dates.
“We call it ‘Zooking up,’” Valdez explains. “They can only Zook up. They can’t see each other in person. You have to have actual conversations.” There aren’t any stories of couples meeting “The One” on the site just yet, but she says OKZoomer is helping to build deeper connections than the students would have built on campus.