Dating by scent
Also known as olfaction, it is our physical capacity for detecting and perceiving the molecules around us.It is mediated by specialized sensory cells of the nasal cavity, which can be considered analogous to sensory cells of the antennae of invertebrates.
Smell Dating is the first mail-order smell dating service, but its creators aren’t the only ones wagering that we’re better at choosing partners through our noses than our eyes.Smell Dating sends users a t-shirt in the mail and instructs them to wear it for three days, send it back and they will receive 10 other shirts from other daters – all for just $25.The next step of this matchmaking process requires users to take a whiff of each garment and pick the aroma that arouses them the most A phone number and mailing address are the only two things required to sign up for the service.So when I read about Smell Dating, a new dating website which matches people entirely based on body odor, I decided to give it a try.The service cost $25 and was only available to 100 people living in the New York City area.Smell.dating is supposedly the first mail-odor dating service; Tinder but for fumeheads like me, who find the concept of your smell more interesting than an incredibly pre-planned profile. There’s not artful selection of profile photos that show you’re hot, but also chill, that you have hot friends (but nobody way hotter than you because this is your profile not theirs) and love to travel — but totally anything at all that you can control. They even say so on the site: "Smell dating delivers you from prejudicial cultural images that interfere with the ancient cues of attraction.
Given that I have a spectacularly depressing success rate of matches vs actual communication on Tinder, I figured nothing could really be worse than what is already uneventful. For smell.dating, they require of you a few things: I sent in the money and promptly forgot about it until I got the shirt in the mail. At the same time, a growing body of research suggests that a person's genetic compatibility, gender, age, and predisposition to illness are reflected in their "smell signature." Even in blinded experiments, subjects' smell preferences align broadly with their sexual desires." So my questions then inevitably became: how do I hack this shirt to make sure everyone who smells me falls in love with me?
The whole process took over a month to complete, but by the end I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
Researchers believe that our unique bodily scent plays a larger role in our social lives than we know.
Now, social media entrepreneurs are putting that science to the test. Everyone knows that to find true love, you have to be yourself.
I’d never heard that you should also smell like yourself, though, until I joined a matchmaking service called Smell Dating. After 72 hours, the cotton was pickled in my essence.
By sniffing other people’s body odor instead of swiping right on their photos, the thinking goes, we rely on primal bodily intuition.