So maybe there’s something to Phrendly, the app that says it’s designed to foster “real relationships that are exclusively online” for a small price.Here’s how it works: Say you’re a man looking for women to only “talk” to.We offer 100% free online dating for everyone, including seniors, white singles, black singles, Asians, Latinos, Latinas, and everyone else.Forget speed dating, classified personals, or other dating sites or chatrooms: DH is the best!Free, quality experiences can be had within minutes of signing up.Join chatrooms, create your profile, and see who's out there.And after 10 back-and-forths, you’d buy her a virtual drink — which costs .According to the site’s director of product marketing, Melanie de Leon, that drink buys you 20 sips, and “cash rewards are paid out via check or direct deposit to users’ bank accounts.”Yes, you read that right: It’s actual money you’re paying the woman to talk to you (or man, if the woman initiates and buys the drink).
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“This is reminiscent of someone who asks a person out for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in real life; social convention dictates that person buys the drink,” de Leon told by email. Also, there’s no need to spend an entire ‘drink’ on a single phrend exchange.
“By recognizing that a person’s time is valuable, Phrendly is able to keep people motivated and focused while keeping time-wasters and scammers at bay. Sips may be used across multiple conversations.”Phrendly says it uses a “unique vetting process” to verify the users and manually review profiles, making sure there’s no scamming, though arguably, getting paid to flirt and never have to meet up is, in some universe, a kind of feminist scammer dream for women: Commodifying the chase without ever having to give up the goods.