Online and less conventional ways of dating have been highly popular over the years ever since phones and the internet were introduced. Gone are the days of flirting through snail mail with your pen pal who may or may not turn out to be an overweight middle-aged man. Now, we have Tinder, OkCupid, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Redneck and Single… sorry, forget about that last one.
Anyway, Hong Kong did away with all those and has something new and exciting. But first, are you aware of the gashapon in Japan? Essentially small toys packed in capsules and sold in randomized vending machines? Well, Hong Kong interbred that system with dating, selling willing singles’ contact details instead of toys, and it has since become all the rage in the city.
Ben Tang is the proud pioneer of this in Hong Kong and has named them “Fate Capsules.” Each capsule contains one single person’s contact details and costs HK$20 (US$2.55). Of course, it can be more exciting than the usual Tinder since you never know who you’re going to get. That does not guarantee courtship success though, you still have to communicate and work your way to compatibility with the person you get.
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For now, Tang only has heterosexual Fate Capsules, but is planning to make same-sex Fate Capsules. He is also facing competition since a lot of other businesses are picking up the idea too. Tang also works hard to verify each and every contact who signs up for the Fate Capsule, meaning a lot of them went through a screening process before their contacts are put in the capsules.