About 3.4 million women live in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sebastian Stadil, a 31-year-old tech whiz, has swiped right on 203,000 of them. To put that number into perspective, that's roughly 6 percent of the female population in San Fran. As crazy as this situation seems, Stadil didn't do it alone. He created a software to do it for him.
Coming to life in the summer of 2015, the cloud management platform called Scalr is designed to repeatedly swipe right on several dating apps at a time and to send automated messages to women if they respond. Pretty ingenious, right?
"Normal dating was a nightmare so I hacked it," Stadil writes in a Medium post. "To hell with romance. I was determined to find the one, even if it meant swiping right the whole Bay Area."
Stadil's goal with Scalr wasn't to become some mega-player—the program only translated into 150 dates during the first four months. It was simply a calculated way to help him find true love. Having just gotten out of a relationship, he was desperate to find someone with whom he could spend the rest of his life. His low-match rates on dating apps, however, prevented him from getting very far while manually swiping. Enter: Scalr.
Unfortunately, even after hours of coding and swiping, and spending over $6,000, the hopeless romantic was still unable to find "The One." The moral of the story? Online dating for men is purely a numbers game, but prolific male users like Stadil should benefit, eventually. Not a very happy ending.