Some guy just asked me to Bump him.
Actually, I’m surprised that it hasn’t happened before. Bump is one of the most popular iPhone apps out there, the very third app that I downloaded (sorry, can’t live without Google and Facebook). For the uninitiated, Bump allows you to transfer all your contact info to another person’s iPhone by simply Bumping your iPhones together. It takes about five seconds, and something about the Bumping action provides a cheap little thrill, like you’re suddenly eight-year-olds fencing with fake plastic swords on your front lawn again.
When this guy (a purely professional, and not romantic, prospect) asked me to Bump him, it made me wonder why this hasn’t yet become a bigger part of the pickup scene. At least in New York City, where iPhones seem to outnumber bagel shops. Why aren’t people Bumping all over bars, clubs and parties? Will Bumping ever become one more nuance of technology that plays a significant role in our romantic interactions? Do we even want it to?
Let’s weigh the pros and cons of Bump-fueled hookups.
PRO: It’s so easy! No awkard, “well, give me your number, and then I’ll call you, and then we’ll both have each others’ numbers. Hold up, did you say five? Oh, sorry, nine? The music’s so loud. Wait, so it IS five? Crap, my phone doesn’t work in here.” Just tap your phones together, and the love connection is made.
CON: It’s so easy. Imagine that you’re playing wingwoman for your friend and are forced into a conversation with her guy’s boring roommate (The Grenade, as The Situation would say). You pull out your iPhone to ‘check the time’ and, before you know it, your new friend has HIS iPhone out and is eagerly ready to Bump. Two people, two iPhones in hand. One quick Bump. How can you say no without seeming rude?
PRO: You can be sure that the contact info you’re exchanging is correct. So if you two actually do want to get in touch later, it’ll happen. And Bumping eliminates the excuse that maybe he just misspelled your email address (or accidentally didn’t save it, got the wrong number, etc) if you don’t hear from him. A convenient way to cut out some of the uncertainty and ambiguity.
CON: Gone are the days of fake “555-555…um…7″ phone numbers. Those come in handy sometimes.
PRO: If your iPhone is synched up to your Facebook account, as mine is, then your profile photo is automatically sent along with your Bump. So if the guy wakes up tomorrow, hungover and wondering who “jEscika” is, then he’ll have your photo there as a reminder!
CON: The guy who just Bumped me is definitely cuter in person than he is in his photo (how do men not pay as much attention to this stuff?!). I’d prefer to remember him as I met him, and not as some skinny guy with thinning hair and unnecessarily large hipster glasses.
So…what do we think? Should we start Bumping all over town?
Jess is the co-creator of Dating & Hookup, alongside her childhood best friend Becky Lynch, and is the author of the book - yep! - Dating & Hookup. She never tires of hearing your post-dating stories. She wants you to enjoy your love life, and is full of advice on how to do so.
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