In some ways I think this merits a more in-depth discussion, but I’ll leave that for another, less busy day. I have a friend who has released a new iPhone app called DateMate, which—and I’m not entirely certain what this means—purports to help you “plan, track and report on your relationships.”
I’ll leave it to you folks out there with enough bread to waste on a good phone (mine has a little weasel running on a rubber band and cooing smoke signals) to test this product. I hope, for my buddy’s sake, that it does well.
The DadWagon question would be not so much dating-related, but about your past. Would you want to create a technological record of the stuff you’ve done that children shouldn’t know about you? Let’s say, for example, you were the sort of person who attended college and may have smoked some marijuana (present company excluded, of course).
Would you want an app that tracks your weed enjoyment? Or, if like me, you went through a divorce and were for a time single, would you want your child—and all children are thieves, folks—to burglarize your phone and find out how your taste in women trends?
I’m not saying this is a bad idea, necessarily—I’m just sayin’.