8 Dating Apps So Bizarre You Almost Have To Try Them

These aren't your grandma's dating apps...

In the traditional sense, dating has always been a relatively simple concept: Boy meets girl. He takes her out for dinner and a movie, they share a romantic goodnight kiss, and three weeks later, they’re engaged. 

The modern love story reads a little differently: Boy downloads app. Girl swipes right on boy. Boy opens conversation with an offensive, sexually charged comment. Girl ignores boy and updates her profile pic to her senior yearbook photo even though she just celebrated her 33rd birthday.

Dating apps, which were once viewed as a “desperate” or embarrassing way to meet a mate, have become increasingly ubiquitous and more widely accepted in the last few years. According to Pew Research Center, 15 percent of all adults in the U.S. have reported using online dating sites or mobile dating apps. Usage among those 18–24 years of age has gone up threefold since 2013. This steadily increasing user base has created a demand, not only for more of these dating sites, but for more personalized apps that serve a specific need or customer base. 

Enter some of the weirdest and frankly most disturbing dating apps to hit the market yet.

1.    Crowdpilot

We all know that first dates are tough. What if the conversation lags? What if you lose the ability to form a cohesive sentence? Crowdpilot was invented to ease these anxieties by live streaming audio of your date to friends (or even strangers) who can then send suggestions on what to say and how to act.

Pros: You can potentially avoid any awkward silences.

Cons: You're obsessively checking your phone instead of focusing on your date.

2.    Sock-It

Remember the good old days when folks just put a sock on the doorknob to let others know they were makin' whoopee? Neither do we. In a desperate attempt to remain hip, Clorox (yep, Clorox) has invented an app called Sock-It to give your roommates and friends the heads up when you're batter-dipping the corn dog. Sock-It uses location-finding technology to send anyone in the area (who has the app of course) a virtual "do not disturb" sign.

Pros: No more hanging dirty socks on the door!

Cons: There's already an app called Sendasock that's pretty much identical. Not to mention something primitive called a "text message" that has traditionally been used to send tidbits of information to others via cell phone.

3.    Carrot 

Similar to "dangling a carrot" in front of a mule (how sweet!), Carrot users incentivize potential mates with a range of standard date fare like coffee or lunch to more extravagant gifts like a shopping spree or a day at the spa. While the app's founder innocently calls it "generosity dating," critics of the app have accused it of being "thinly veiled prostitution." 

Pros: Suitors get a chance with someone who might otherwise be "out of their league," and those who respond get something in return besides just measly companionship. 

Cons: "Thinly veiled prostitution."

4.    Bad Date Rescue

How many times have you been caught listening to some mouth-breather drone on about his earthworm collection and thought, "Please, God, get me out of here." Luckily, the Bad Date Rescue app helps you abandon that rapidly sinking ship. The call can either be scheduled beforehand or triggered at the push of a button when things start to go south. The date is then interrupted by one of several fictional characters with pre-recorded scripts. It could be your sister announcing she's gone into labor or an angry boss with an emergency at work. The app will even give you cues on how to react to the faux-news. 

Pros: Cut a bad date short without hurting anyone's feelings. 

Cons: A lot depends on your acting performance.    

5.    Lick This

For those of you not already licking your phone just for the taste, here's a more practical reason to start. The Lick This app allows users to perfect their skills with interactive features including flicking a light switch on and off and turning a crank with their tongues.

Pros: It's a great workout for the tongue.  

Cons: You're licking your phone. Idiot.

6.    Twindog

Has Captain Barkley had his eye on the flirty poodle down the street? He's in luck! There is now a "Tinder for dogs." Twindog is very similar to its predecessor: sign up for a profile, include a picture of your canine companion, and swipe right to "hook up" with other dogs and dog owners in your area. Bow-wow!

Pros: Gets you and your pooch out of the house (assuming you get a match).

Cons: You're subjecting a sweet, innocent dog to the harsh sting of rejection. News flash: the poodle's just not that into you.

7.    Wingman

Ever dreamed of getting it on in a cramped, smelly airplane bathroom with a complete stranger? Well, who hasn't? Wingman, also dubbed "Tinder of the skies," will connect you with hot singles who could be sitting just a few rows behind you on any given flight. Find someone you fancy? Swipe right, send them over a tiny bag of stale peanuts, and let the games begin.

Pros: Helps users join that elite "mile high club."

Cons: If by some miraculous chance you find someone willing to join you for a romp in the loo, having sex over a toilet is just plain disgusting and getting caught could potentially mean facing jail time. Neeeeext.

8. SaladMatch 

In case you haven't guessed, this app was designed by a NYC-based restaurant that specializes in...just salad. The idea behind the SaladMatch app is that there are hundreds of lonely, salad-loving singles just waiting to be paired up based on their shared love of Kalamata olives and balsamic vinaigrette.  

Pros: You no longer have to deal with the unbearable shame of eating salad alone. 

Cons: After discussing the many benefits of organic spinach vs. conventional, you may realize the two of you have absolutely nothing in common.