Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago luxury engagement ring and timepiece boutique likes to stay ahead of the trends when it comes to wristwear. So when we heard a watch is expected to be your personal matchmaker in 10 years, we were all ears.
From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, futurists (people who study the future) filled us in on what the Bumble/Tinder of 2025 will be like & it's bad news for creeps.
Picture this: An app on your watch tracking your location, making it easier for you to bump into potential matches in real life on the fly.
Right now, it's insanely easy to meet someone. The problem is that nothing can guarantee they're actually someone worth meeting. By 2025. you'll be able to know more about your blind date before you even step foot in that restaurant, anxiously searching for the guy from the photos.
A quick check of your watch could let you know who's a creep and who's looking for a one-night stand, or a serious girlfriend, or a wife and four kids. If this decade is all about dating quantity, the next one will be all about dating quality.
Social futurist and writer Sara Robinson says it'll be like having your overbearing grandmother over your shoulder at all times. "See that guy over there?" she says, spinning a potential example. "He's single, drinks Scotch, and loves dogs. You should go talk to him.' And, at the same time, his watch is nudging him: 'See that woman? You like redheads, right? And she's a backpacker too. You might like her.'"
Christian Crews, a founding member of the Association of Professional Futurists, points out that meeting people will be a lot easier if you know which people are good potential matches for you:
"Imagine how the world could change if everybody was wearing their own personal matchmaker, who was constantly searching the crowd on their behalf."
But it's not just the real-world meeting places that will have more potential for finding love. Online communities that aren't meant for dating will become spots to meet singles. Don't be surprised if you start hearing, "This is my husband. We met on Yelp." And you probably won't even think anything of it. "As more of our lives are spent online and in virtual communities, we will find relationships there just as we have at the gym, the bar, or hobbies where we meet people now," says Crews.
"Generations that have grown up online make fewer distinctions between 'real-world' and virtual relationships."
Just like non-dating sites will be used for finding lovers, dating apps will be used for finding friends. Bumble just released Bumble BFF -- which is focused on building strong relationships with other kick-ass women.
It makes sense. After hours of fruitless swiping, it's tempting to head over to the same-sex section and just look for a fun-looking friend who likes Tito's and Sprite, and wants to see the new Fast and Furious movie with you later so you don't have to sniffle over Paul Walker alone. This is our future.