We tested “LuckyCrush”: one man, one woman, and all flirting

The concept is original: two participants, flirting, but no meeting in the end. LuckyCrush offers an interesting alternative to other dating sites in these times where physical distance is still required.

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Goodbye Tinder and other Meetic. Despite the end of containment, bars, cafes, restaurants and cinemas keep their doors closed. Barrier gestures remain de rigueur. As you will have understood, dating is compromised.
To remedy loneliness, why not look into a new concept? LuckyCrush proposes ephemeral flirting, without a physical encounter. This website, created in 2019, randomly selects two people and connects them by video chat, in the manner of Chatroulette (a random messaging site created in 2009). Rest assured, on LuckyCrush, the security rules are more serious than those of its predecessor at the time of its creation.

Match-making currently optimized for straight people

When going to the site for the first time, you’re asked to say whether you are a man or a woman. If you are a man, you will only be matched with women. If you are a woman, you will be only matched by men. When you matched your potential partner, use ephemeral flirting cool dare questions to impress them easily.

Guys got it: No need to click « next » hundreds of times to find female partners like on most random video chat sites. “All you have to do is select your gender and you are randomly connected with a person of the opposite sex,” says LuckyCrush. The site does not offer same-sex dating at the moment, for “operational reasons”, but a new version of the platform is in the pipeline.

Indeed, it seems that male and female registrations are regulated so that there are always approximately 50% of guys and 50% of girls online at the same time. We assume this is why they decided to answer straight members’ needs for the first time. So that there’s a maximum probability of crush between the two randomly connected members. The team said they don’t know yet if they will include same-gender match-making on the current site or whether they will create a new dedicated one.

Not satisfied with the flirting, next!

The rules of the platform appear when you first log in. Under penalty of banishment, it is forbidden to share any contact information and accept payments from other users.
The account may be suspended if no one is in front of the camera during conversations. On the other hand, it is not necessary to show one’s face and nudity is not forbidden… As long as both users agree…
The rules established the chat can start. “You can access it from a computer, a tablet, or a phone,» says LuckyCrush.
The conversation started, if the flirt is not satisfactory, the user can click on the “next” button and will be put in relation to a new person. The exchange can thus last from a few seconds to several hours. Something to keep busy, while waiting for the return of the cafés on the terrace.

Ranbeer Maver is a Computer Science undergraduate. He's a geek who embraces any new consumer technology with inhuman enthusiasm.