Hikers reach the peak of a sand dune and hold hands under the night sky.
You may know The Pattern as that astrology app that flabbergasted Channing Tatum over its accuracy, or perhaps you use it for zodiac-based daily updates on your personality and feelings like I do. But you may not know the company made the move to dabble in the world of dating apps. In my quest to experiment with dating apps and which one works best, I decided to try my luck on The Pattern’s new dating feature called “Connect.”
The Pattern has my birth date, time, and location already, so in order to use Connect, I simply had to upload a few pictures of myself, and answer a few questions about my preferences, pronouns, and dealbreakers. Once set, I could begin swiping for soulmates.
What a trip it is to check out a romantic interest not based on their hiking photos in Manchu Pichu or selfies with their cat, but rather on the assessed depth of our shared potential. By analyzing our birth charts, The Pattern uses a proprietary algorithm to determine not just if we’re compatible, but also the depth of our compatibility on a scale that includes “Soulmate,” “Extraordinary,” “Powerful,” “Meaningful,” “Complex,” “Delicate,” and “Challenging.”
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When a suitor caught my eye I’d hit “Run bond,” a function on the app that generates detailed insights about a potential relationship’s strengths and challenges, based on our birth info. I learned that our connection is “Delicate,” and that we’ll have friction when it comes to our planning styles. However, the app also told me that we’d find each other exhilarating since we’d introduce each other to new experiences.
Although it wasn’t a match, I decided to up the ante and see if I could meet more potential flames via the paid version of the app. For $5 monthly, I gained access to a host of additional features including the ability to “Go Deeper” on any romantic connection to gain further insight. Some of that insight is helpful, but I also found myself getting turned off prematurely.
For example, the app indicated my connection with a person named Hayden was “Powerful.” It appeared we had an amazing and supportive attraction, but after I dove deeper, the app gave me a red …….