Black Mirror Reflection: What a Catch

By Ashley Byrd

For my episode of “Black Mirror,” the story would revolve around dating apps because they have become increasingly popular within the last few years. The technology is a new dating app similar to Tinder, but instead of seeing only pictures and links to the date’s social media, you can see a life-size hologram of the person’s profile you are viewing.

A girl in her mid-20s matches with a guy on this app. After they both view each other’s profiles, they message each other and start talking. She falls in love with the hologram.

The app allows people to set automated responses, which means he can easily set up responses that are nicer than he is. The girl and guy continue to message each other, and they eventually go on a date. However, things take a turn for the worse.

While on the date, the girl realizes the guy is not who he claimed to be. His true personality begins to seep through. Something is off, but she doesn’t want to rudely leave in the middle of the date.

Eventually, the date ends, but before the girl is able to get in her car to go home, her date kidnaps her. The catch with this dating app is that a technology company has created fake hologram profiles, so it is hard to determine whether or not the person you are talking to is legitimately there for the right reasons. This guy was out to kidnap dates for the company in exchange for money.

The app has a 90 percent success rate with relationships, which is why people still use it, despite the growing number of women who have gone missing after using this app. People still use it because of its large success rate, and it is virtually the only way people in the society are able to date.

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