There’s an app for that. And today, “that” includes personalized dating advice thanks to “Wot Went Wrong?” a new app that allows users to gather feedback about their dating “skills” (or lack thereof).
Basically, the dumpee uses the app to send the dumper a request for feedback regarding his or her decision to end the relationship. The dumper can then choose from a generic list of “turn offs” (i.e. poor hygiene, incompatibility, lack of physical attraction) and sends these back to the rejected party, in the hopes that his or her “insight” (and the accompanying suggestions for dealing with the selected criticisms) will the dumpee improve his or her chances the next time around.
This video—although rather infuriating in its perpetuation of the “Why hasn’t he called?” trope— explains the whole thing:
When I first read about WotWentWrong, I had your typical octogenarian reaction (“What will they think of next?”) except I’m not an octogenarian, and when I sat back to think about it, I had to admit to myself that I did consider emailing all of the men I’d dated as part of my Great Date Experiment in order to figure out what I’d been doing wrong.
Fortunately I figured it out myself (I was dating the wrong kind of men, over and over again) so I saved myself the embarrassment—but still, I’m pretty darn intrigued by the idea of an app that tells you “wot” went wrong.
In fact, if I knew how to actually install apps on my phone, I totally would have given it a try back in the day.
Then again, it does seem awfully impersonal and kind of alienating. I mean, couldn’t you achieve the same results for free, through an actual conversation? And if the dumper isn’t willing to talk to you for real, what makes you think he or she is going to respond to an automated request?
And what would you do if his or her “feedback” seemed totally off the mark? What if it wasn’t something you could do anything about?
- My Fake Breakup on WotWentWrong.com (allthingsd.com)
- Love gone wrong? Go digital to get over an ex (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- What Went Wrong? The Date Who Fled (abcnews.go.com)