Inspired After Meeting His Girlfriend Through The Game
TAMPA, FL, Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - As the popularity of Pokemon Go explodes around the world, an MBA student created a Tinder-style dating app "Pok" for Pokemon Go players. It's for people who like to play Pokemon Go and are looking for love and companionship.
"I was trying to hunt for a Dratini or an evolved Eevee - a rare Pokemon," said Jeffery Zhang, the University of Tampa MBA student who created the app. "Everyone started shouting and running to a Pokestop so I followed the crowd and ran without looking around me. Out of nowhere a girl crashed into me and hurt my foot. She apologized profusely and we ended up talking throughout the night. I found out she is single and also a student. We started dating shortly after that and have been together ever since."
Jeffrey realized that a dating app for Pokemon Go players could be better than Tinder. As a result, he decided to create Pok with his friends. Jeffrey explained that, as a shy person, he did not usually participate in social activities. It had been difficult for him even after trying apps like Tinder and he wasn't successful in finding a girlfriend until he started playing Pokemon Go.
Pok can be far more effective than traditional online dating sites in helping singles find the right person. Matches through online dating sites or apps will ultimately go offline. It can be hard for both parties to have free time simultaneously. However, if both people play Pokemon Go, they can meet each other more easily when hunting Pokemon together. The app also solves a major challenge in early dating, which is finding a topic of mutual interest to discuss. Pok app users will know that their dating partner is a big fan of Pokemon Go.
Pok works like Tinder, but only for Pokemon Go players. The app has a "spark" feature and offers anonymous "likes" just like Tinder. Pok lets users chat and post Pokemon Go activities and achievements. In the activity feature, users can browse experiences of other users on the journey and share "exciting moments and achievements anytime."