NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Cove, a dating app launching this October, is an efficient and progressive alternative to hookup behavior, that focuses on motivating and advancing deeper conversation to uncover chemistry. The word Cove is derived from the "co" of "conversation," and the "ve" from "love" (COnversation + loVE = COVE). Cove Founder, Charles Messow (Previously VP at Keek, and Director of Marketing in Latin America at BlackBerry), created the idea for members to #MeetInTheCove where they have three shots to establish chemistry – through an innovative level system that must be completed within 10 days. Users will begin with texting before the conversation progresses to voice, and eventually, video, all within the app. Cove is a step-by-step process that will help members dive deeper in a short amount of time to "get swept away and not swiped away" in a world of many options and limited attention spans. Cove is available for iPhone and Android users.
"Random hookups can threaten one's physical and psychological health. While other dating apps may foster this sort of behavior, we believe that there is a large segment of the population hungry for something more meaningful in the online dating experience," states Cove Founder, Charles Messow. "We created Cove to guide matches through more meaningful conversation within 10 days while respecting the premium of everyone's time and attention," Messow adds.
Cove takes the mishaps of dating online and creates a more engaged experience for a busy generation tired of wasting their time with idle conversations and hook-up culture. Different than many other dating apps on the market, Cove requires interested users to apply for membership, rather than allowing just anyone to join the community. This creates a trustworthy platform by confirming identities to ensure that the possibility of being "catfished" is drastically eliminated. Once verified and ready to begin, male users can invite women users to #MeetInTheCove. Men must use their invites sparingly, as they have a limited amount that they are able to send out, which eliminates the "unlimited swipes" approach used by other dating apps. This makes men more mindful with their pursuits and in turn, should give women relief that they are being taken seriously and not just another "right swipe." Cove believes that the value of a match becomes diluted once there are unlimited "right swipe" options.
The abundance of options in the online dating world plays more towards meaningless hookups, rather than promoting levels of commitment. Many other dating apps instill the impression that there is an endless amount of potential female mates available, leaving men always looking for the next best thing, and in turn, making short-term dating the end goal. Cove's differentiating factor is offering an alternative for those looking for a more meaningful connection within 10 days before meeting offline.
"Cove is a high-quality dating app that has corrected the problems that hamper most dating apps. It allows for progressively deeper engagement as desired—from text to audio to video at the user's discretion," states David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating. "Plus, it's enjoyable and great fun in the all-important decision of optimal mate choice," Buss adds.
How Cove works: The level system offers 3 "shots at chemistry"
The businessman will be verified via his LinkedIn profile, while the more creative professionals, who might not have a LinkedIn account, will be verified via Instagram. After a male user has been verified and an "invite" has been sent to a female user, the woman being pursued then gains the control. The woman must accept the invite for a conversation to start, but she also has the power to decline the invite if she wishes. If an invite is declined or expires, the invite will be returned to the male user. Additionally, women may also filter their settings to only receive "Super Invites". If an invite is accepted, three levels of communication are opened, over the span of 10 days, to allow the pair the opportunity to find chemistry by progressing the depth of their conversation.
Level 1 TEXT: If a woman accepts an invite, text messages can be sent and received through the app. Once seven texts have been exchanged, both sides must agree within 48 hours to move the conversation to voice messages (Level 2). This will help keep the irrelevant back and forth banter to a minimum, giving both parties a chance to hear each other's voice, furthering a possible connection. If there is no agreement, the match disappears forever.
Level 2 VOICE: Once seven texts have been exchanged and both sides have agreed to move to Level 2, the voice message icon in the app will become available. Level 2 allows for three voice messages to be exchanged, while temporarily removing texting from the equation. After three voice messages are exchanged, it's time to level up once more. The connecting pair is given another 48 hours to move the conversation to video messages (Level 3).
Level 3 VIDEO: Once three voice messages have been exchanged and both sides have agreed to move to Level 3, the icon for the highest level, video messaging, will become available. This will give them a chance to get more acquainted and possibly comfortable enough to meet in person. Level 3 is complete after one video message is exchanged. If these three levels of communication are not completed within 10 days, the match disappears forever.
Cove offers numerous add-on features available for male members such as:
SUPER INVITES: If he falls outside of her preference settings, he still has the chance to invite her to #MeetInTheCove by sending a Super Invite. This is very different than other dating apps on the market. He gets his Super Invite back if she rejects the invite, or if it expires. He has something on the line (which demonstrates he is serious), but he doesn't get penalized if it doesn't lead to conversation.
SURPRISES: Men can send virtual gifts and surprises, such as flowers, to their match in the app. This allows men to make an additional thoughtful gesture and effort.
EXPERT ADVICE: Direct contact with a dating/relationship coach is available for men through text or voice messaging, all within the app to give professional advice if they ever feel stuck or if they are looking for an edge.
"Cove is the solution for all the frustrations single online dating users are experiencing. It's the kick in the pants that both men and women need to move from 'sit on the couch and swipe my finger' online spectators to thriving and active real-life daters," states Dating Expert, Marni Kinrys. "This app holds its users accountable and motivates them to open up and find a quality match without relying on superficial filters that have hurt them in the past," Kinrys adds.
Cove offers numerous add-on features available for female members such as:
LOYALTY PERKS: Cove offers perks that become available based on women's activity on the app.
CONTENT MODERATION: Profane or obscene content is flagged automatically before being delivered, and users may be banned if women feel unsafe. Cove wants to ensure that women feel protected and respected.
For more information on Cove, or to download the app, please visit www.meetinthecove.com.