Probably one of the biggest issues facing America today is the fact that college students just aren’t having enough casual sex. Thankfully a new mobile social startup, Friendsy, aims to remedy that situation with a Tinder-style app that is open exclusively to users who have a .edu email -- just like Facebook, before it flung open its doors to the unwashed masses.
Friendsy, which began as a Web site in 2013 and launched its mobile app six months ago, already has around 100,000 users across the U.S., according to TechCrunch, and it just raised $500,000 in a new round of funding to expand its platform. The new round of funding comes from Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Slow Ventures, who previously invested $200,000 along with Princeton University, TechCrunch reports.
Okay, technically Friendsy (like Tinder) can be used for any number of purposes, from “romantic” assignations, or what passes for romantic nowadays, to steady dating to purely social meet-ups. And as TechCrunch notes, incumbent social network Facebook isn’t really ideal for meeting new people, which is something college students may actually want to do, especially in those daunting first couple weeks of school.
By limiting use to people with .edu emails, Friendsy automatically narrows the service down to a smaller, more manageable, and ostensibly safer pool of possible matches; at the same time, it allows users to meet students from other nearby schools, widening their social horizons somewhat.
It’s not clear how Friendsy handles users who retain their .edu email addresses after graduating, as some schools allow. Which raises the specter of a new version of David Wooderson, Matthew McConaughey’s character from “Dazed and Confused”: “That's what I love about these [college women], man. I get older, they stay the same age.”