why couldn't they just talk to each other and make it work?

I lasted on OkCupid for less than a week, I’m still terrified of Tinder, and I kind of wish someone would invent an app that could automatically seek restraining orders against anyone who uses BroApp. And unfortunately for me, they’ve found a new way to combine dating and technology– and it’s the freakiest thing yet. The Dating Ring seems like something out of a dystopian novel.

So what is it? Some startup has noticed that there are significantly more single men than single women in San Francisco, and significantly more single women than single men in New York. To bridge the gap, they’ve started a Crowdtilt campaign to raise funds so they can fly people across the country for blind dates. For real.

Not only is the concept awkward, but the video on the fundraising page is a poorly scripted cheese fest. “Yes, I would fly across the country for something as important as love!” declares some wide-eyed chick who’s probably one of the project’s creators. “Dating in New York is the worst!” says another struggling actress who responded to a Craigslist ad to appear in this video testimonial. “The problem in New York is that all men are either gay or awful!”

I mean, okay. I understand that it’s hard out there and that a lot of people are willing to try anything to find someone special, but letting a third party buy you a plane ticket so you can mack on something that lives hundreds of miles away? I feel like there are a lot of things you can do between “horribly lonely” and “flying to a different city for a blind date.” This whole idea just sounds like a murdery Lifetime movie waiting to happen. We don’t need any more of those.

But, of course, who am I to judge? I’m not going to stop you from checking it out. You can find more info here. If you dare.

Via Yahoo! Shine / Photo: Shutterstock