Dating services are not created equal. They each cater to a different (and sometimes unsavory) type of people. But no matter what niche a dating service has, or how distinguished it is, there will always be a bunch of people on it (mostly guys) who just want to hook up. Usually, they’re so desperate for a quick bang that they don’t even hide their hope to score. Well fellas (and ladies), if you’re looking for a quick fix, there’s now an app for that. No, it’s not Tinder. It’s called ‘Pure’ and it’s more focused on hookups than Tinder could hope to be. Pure is only here to help you sex up and not hate yourself after.
It’s kind of classy. Well, “classy” may be a little too generous. After all, you are still soliciting sex from strangers via the Internet. But Pure is full of people who supposedly want the same thing as you, and it makes a point not to mix business (or anything else) with pleasure.
We were invited to try out Pure, and as you can see from the pictures on the right, we weren’t shy about signing up for a hook-up app at all.
You won’t have to link your Facebook account or other social network presences to Pure. Your presence on the service is minimal at all times. So minimal that your photo and information is only hosted on the app for an hour at a time; then it’s all wiped away until you make it available again.
This is a blessing and a curse for Pure. It’s great that your shameful moment of need isn’t chronicled on the internet for all time and all to see. At the same time, your listing – consisting of up to five pictures, a tagline, and your location – isn’t really around long enough to catch the attention of someone if there’s no one experiencing the same urge as you at the exact same time. The larger the body of population around you, the better luck you’re likely to have but the range is so limited that you’re more likely to have your call go unheeded (as we did), meaning you’ll have to repeat the process again in an hour, compounding your desperation.
You could run out of tickets quickly depending on how desperate or proficient you are at the act of intercourse.
There’s also a catch you should know about: only your first five hook up attempts are free. To make a listing, you’ll need a ticket. By downloading the app, you’re given five free tickets to start. Each one is good for one hour of your profile being visible by potential partners. But regardless of the success of the posting, you will have to spend a ticket each time. Obviously, you could run out of tickets quickly depending on how desperate you are or how proficient you are at the act of intercourse. At that point, you’ll have to buy additional tickets to continue your adventures.
When (or if) someone does see your listing, the will have a simple “Yes” or “No” option to show interest. No means they’ll never even know about you. Saying yes will make the user aware of your interest in them. If they have a similar attraction to you, you’ll be able to request more photos or open communication via chat to plan a meet up. All of this theoretically takes place within that limited hour window of availability.
It is still the Internet, but Pure seems like an especially safe place for women, which could be good because men usually outnumber them by huge margins. Most online dating services are mostly a patience test for women who have to wade through a lot of junk (we’re speaking metaphorically, of course). The easy “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” function gives girls a much easier way to find a partner without being exposed to everyone. And for guys using Pure, you’ll never feel out of bounds sharing your desires. After all, you’re both there for the same thing.
If Pure gets one thing right, it’s the privacy factor. People who want to hook up on a system like this value privacy. But those who aren’t the type for finding sex in an app may not view Pure in the purest light, so keeping profiles out of the public eye and the line of ridicule is probably best for everyone. But an hour really isn’t a lot of time. Maybe Pure isn’t for the particularly picky?
If you’ve got a free night in a big city, Pure just might do the trick for you. But for those of you who live in smaller towns, don’t want to have sex with strangers, or are particular about your partner, you’ll likely want to scout your options for more than an hour. And for that, we definitely cannot recommend Pure. All you’ll get from it is a hard deadline, a few pictures, and a short corny tagline.
You can try your luck and sign up for the Pure Beta for iPhone here and it’s coming to Google Play ‘soon.’ Hopefully you’ll do better than we did, but to do that, you may have to actually have the guts to go for it.