Have you ever been trapped in a bad or awkward date, and you wish someone would throw you a life line to get out of it? Don’t worry, now there’s an app for that.
The Bad Date Rescue app, launched by eHarmony.com this week, lets users arrange a call on their phone to allow them to leave a date that is going badly.
“There are all sorts of reasons people would want to get out of a date,” said Arvind Mishra, director of product management at eHarmony. “We can all sympathize because we have all been on bad dates in our lifetime.”
The app, which is free, includes several ways for the user to rescue themselves. Users can pick a number from their address book for the call, from their mother or a friend for example. If the person’s picture is stored on the app it will appear on the screen when the call comes through.
The app will also provide scripts giving the reason for the call, such as a neighbor calling about a leaky pipe; a mother informing that a sister just had a baby; or a boss saying he needs help immediately.
“It graciously allows you to play along and to get out of that situation,” Mishra explained.
The call can be pre-set before the date to call at a specific time and there is a quick rescue that can be triggered on the spot to ring in a few seconds.
“There are all sorts of reasons for why people want to get out of a date. We are helping them do it in a way that is fun and light and not abrupt,” Mirsha added.