AddSeven: The cure for Middlebury’s dating scene?

AddSeven is based on the premise that within small communities, such as small colleges like Bowdoin, people tend to have interests in other community members that they will, for one reason or another, never get a chance to act upon

This is the idea behind the creation of the newest Middlebury Online forum (see: Middlebury Confessional) AddSeven, a website dedicated to connecting individuals with one another. The website is run by two Bowdoin College seniors with an interest in online network dynamics.

So how does it work?

AddSeven users may enter up to seven names of people in their community who they are interested in. The automated website stores these names and on the Friday of every week searches the database for matches — community members who have listed one another as interests — which are then posted on those users’ personal AddSeven pages. We at AddSeven cannot guarantee that this information will lead to anything, romantic or otherwise, however we believe that regardless of the outcome, it is better that such mutual interests do not remain unrealised.

Seems simple enough: list 7 people that you are interested in and, hopefully, come Friday you’ll find out that they are interested in you as well. While I’m not sure how these students actually managed to obtain the entire email directory for Middlebury College, it seems like an interesting way for students to connect with one another (what could be simpler than entering in someone’s name in an anonymous forum and hoping for the best?) and, perhaps, improve a sometimes controversial dating scene.

However, this new website does seem a bit fake and disingenuous to me. What are your thoughts behind connecting with individuals through the internet in a forum like this? Is this really what dating has come down to, empty fields and small graphic dots? We would love to hear your opinions!

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7 thoughts on “AddSeven: The cure for Middlebury’s dating scene?

  1. It seems a little sad to have something like this that makes it even easier for people not to get up the courage to ask someone out on a date… IN PERSON. Not that it isn’t potentially awkward or scary, but really? Stepping a little outside of one’s comfort zone to ask your crush out in the real world (a crazy idea, I know) only makes us stronger.

  2. Although ideally this wouldn’t be necessary, this is the perfect solution to the ignorance and fear that prevents people from getting together. Often, people dont even consider or are unaware that someone likes them, so they don’t pursue that relationship, and this would correct for that. The fear of humiliation in admitting that you are “interested” in someone would also be eliminated. In reality, people are flawed and weak, especially concerning relationships, and especially in Middlebury College. This gives them the chance to find a little happiness in their lives despite that. Bravo!

  3. I have to agree with 2010 alum. While it can be awkward to put yourself out there and actually introduce yourself to someone, let alone say you like them, this is a part of growing up. Life offers no guarantees – you can’t count on waiting until you’re sure someone else is interested in you before you make a move. Besides, what if they are into you, but just don’t use this website?

    Obviously, don’t be creepy, but just be honest with yourself and with others. If someone disses you for that, then at least you know they weren’t worth knowing anyway.

    P.S. As to how they got the Midd e-mail directory, if they did: it’s freely available online at go/dir, or through the website. This is also why you get ads from Waterfalls Day Spa đŸ˜‰

  4. it seems like an interesting way for students to connect with one another (what could be simpler than entering in someone’s name in an anonymous forum and hoping for the best?) and, perhaps, improve a sometimes controversial dating scene.

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