Mobile Swiping Technology Has Gone Too Far with Sperm Donor Matching

September 28, 2016

6:30 pm

When Tinder came onto the dating scene, people rejoiced. Finally, a means of online dating that allows for the users’ vapidity and shallowness to have a voice. People could swipe right because they liked the drapes in the background of a potential match’s picture, or swipe left because who wears a purple shirt in the middle of winter? The opportunities for matches seemed endless, and the lack of sincere commitment to another person primed Tinder as the best hook-up app to ever be invented. Unfortunately, it didn’t stop there.

Businesses viewed the success of Tinder as a jumping off point. Entrepreneurs, startup founders, and investors insisted that if they could somehow take the swiping technology and apply it to other, less tawdry purposes, they could make a fortune. Retail apps, networking platforms, even actual dating websites tried out this unique method of entertaining users. And while these services seem like odd places to swipe, you have no idea how bad things have apparently gotten.

Enter Order a Daddy from the London Sperm Bank. This mobile app will allow you to find sperm donors in a Tinder-like fashion on your mobile device. You’ll have access to physical characteristics, donor self-summaries, medical information, pen sketches and staff impressions of the donors in the click or swipe of a touch screen. While the profiles are obviously anonymous, female users will have all the freedom they need to make an informed decision in less than 5 seconds. And while this may seem like the worst place ever for this kind of technology to exist, the London Sperm Bank understandably disagrees.

“Ordering sperm from an online catalogue or an app does not trivialize treatment, and every step meets the requirements of the HFEA (Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority),” said the London Sperm Bank in a statement.

Online dating is one thing. But doesn’t the process of choosing 50 percent of the genetic make-up of your potential child warrant more than the flick of your finger? This decision is not one to be taken lightly, and dismissing viable candidates in the same period of time it takes to eat a single Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup is careless and a little crazy. After all, the swiping trend is a slippery slope, and before too long, you could end up swiping left or right to decide the president of the United States of America.

Photo: Flickr / Yacine Petitprez

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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