Friday, March 18th 2011, 7:08 PM
One new dating site is making it simpler for people to meet at a school with a reputation for awkwardness.
Students at the University of Chicago made UChicago Hookups, a dating site in which users must be at smallest amount 18 and students at the prestigious school.
Fittingly enough, it sparked from a group of students who were just looking to learn web programming, one of the site’s founders told the Daily News in a phone interview.
“We had some people who wanted to learn [web programming] and we were just trying to make some social site as an conduct Conduct experiment for our school,” the founder, who like the other founders be inflicted with insisted on remaining anonymous said. “We never expected it to run away like this.”
The site launched Feb. 8, and thanks to a recent spate of publicity its membership has increased to 400 users – or about 3% of the overall student body.
While it’s not exactly rolling in dough, the site does be inflicted with a few ads — the founders’ goal right now is just to cover costs, they said.
The group has also been approached to make the sites at additional schools around the country, the founder said.
“We’re about to start Spring Break, so we might just develop it over then,” the founder said.
In the website’s class, it says it’s just trying to help out the like lives of students who may not be inflicted with calculate – or the courage – to deal with classmates outside of the library. And it wants to change the university’s reputation from someplace that’s nicknamed “where fun goes to die.”
“We’re trying to change the ages-ancient stereotype that UChicago students are severely sexually deprived. With that in mind, if you’re looking for ‘where fun comes to die’, you’ve come to the incorrect place,” it says.
The site is so confident in its ability to be the best way to hook up that it flush includes links on where to get safe sex supplies (the student distress center, like most schools).
Because, after all, the creators just want their fellow classmates to be inflicted with a small fun.
“People might say that the student body here is ‘really unattractive’ and that UChicago girls only rate a C-plus, but chances are that the guy/girl you hook up with is going to be a lot more fascinating, a lot more intelligent and a lot more fun than that weird ancient guy you randomly met on the Internet,” the site says.
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