Ever just want to cuddle, with no strings attached, not needing to commit to a movie, drinks, or getting naked? That's what the strange yet enticing smartphone app Cuddlr provides, no-nonsense cuddling, just with complete strangers.
Think of Cuddlr like Tinder or Grindr, just solely for cuddling, and not sex, as the founder stresses. Using your location, Cuddlr brings up a name and picture of those around you who also want to spoon. If you both approve the other, then you can send each other messages and even get directions to where the other cuddler is, so you can get your cuddle on together.
Sounds strange, and for good reason, as cuddling kind of has the connotation that it will prelude (or be the epilogue to) a romp in the sack. Age also isn't a factor when Cuddlr pairs people up, because apparently cuddling isn't age specific, though I don't think any 20-year old is going to be into nuzzling up to a 60-year old rando. Or maybe they will, a cuddle is a cuddle at the end of the day.
Like nearly everything on the internet, you can even rate the cuddle-performance of your partner. Were they enchantingly scented and just the right amount of firm yet comfy? Or were they post-gym smelly and bulging with weird bones and muscle? Cuddle, assess, rate, and move on to the next cuddle.
We know cuddling is technically platonic, and doesn't involve anything sexually explicit, though we can't help but think about all the creepers on this app who will be looking to "cuddle." If you hear a strange "zip" noise behind you when you're little spoon, don't say we didn't warn you. Check out the trailer below.
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Teleport is a new video speed-dating platform where you get set up with five people that you share similarities with and get to go on five dates in 30 minutes.
Afterwards, you're able to continue messaging the people you met during the dates if you both chose the option to keep talking to one another.
It is designed for people of all sexual orientations.
To get paired up, you get yourself a "ticket" for different events that pique your interest, such as one called "Outdoor Adventure anyone?" then you will get to meet people who also signed up for the same event when it begins.
Teleport will officially launch in Montreal on June 17 at 8 p.m. and you'll be able to start signing up for events that evening, which will allow you to go on dates with people of similar interests.
"Starting June 17th, we will have weekly events on Thursdays, 8 pm where people are smartly paired," Teleport told MTL Blog.
Why do the creators think Teleport is necessary in today's world?
The creators of Teleport, Chad Goodman, Tyler Greenberg and Michael Ding have been working on the app for two years now. "We completely evolved the way you meet new people," the creators told MTL Blog.
"The future of social is live, in the moment, and as exciting as the real world. We believe that the best encounters are face-to-face. When you can see their smile, hear their voice, and feel their energy."
"Swiping right will never replace that magic. But, swiping and texting have replaced real connections. The very apps that seek to bring us together are what are making us feel so alone."
They concluded by saying, "Dating should be exciting, in the moment, and face-to-face, not a mindless game, swiping on fake profiles. Teleport is inspired by the real world, and we believe that it’s the first real dating app.”
How can I make a Teleport profile?
Once Teleport launches on June 17, you'll be able to go to either the website or the app, which you can find under "Teleport Dating: Video Events" on the Apple App Store, and start building your profile.
When creating your Teleport profile, you'll be asked different questions like your star sign, how often you exercise, "do you enjoy drinking?" and more to help the team at Teleport get to know you better.
You can also write a bio about yourself and add various photos.
Once your profile is all set up, you can take a look at the events happening for Montreal and see which ones you'd be interested in video chatting people at!
According to Hinge, Montreal users' top dating pet peeves are:
The conversation being too one-sided (26%)
The other person not being what you expected (25%)
The date being on their phone too much (15%)
The date being rude to staff (10%)
A date who is clearly not over their ex (9%)
Hinge told us that, when asked on a date, almost one in three (29%) Montreal Hinge users most value their match suggesting a specific plan for the date. Initiating a solid date idea could score you some major brownie points.
If you feel nervous about dating, Hinge suggests video chatting before meeting in person. Seventy-three percent of Montreal Hinge users plan to do this, even when the pandemic is over.
The creator of this site, Katarina Radovanovic, describes the lessons, which are all in French, as providing students with the "confidence to tackle real-world situations later" and says it is thanks to Ana Bautista that the platform exists.
Being offered online, the activities adapt to everyone's schedule and different learning paces. Plus, every activity is 25 minutes or less, so you can learn something new quickly and easily.
"We believe it is important not only to talk about essential subjects, but also to present them in a simple, practical, and actional way to make learning relevant and engaging at all times," Radovanovic told MTL Blog.
You can read our interview with Neo Collège's creator below.
Answers have been edited and condensed for clarity.
How did Neo Collège come to be?
At a very young age, I started volunteering for the Multi-Ethnic Association for the Integration of Handicapped People in Montreal. It exposed me to many usually invisible realities surrounding us.
Since then, I've been working with young people.
During my high school years, I asked myself a lot of questions about my future life. There are so many things that students will need throughout their lives, but that aren't taught in the classroom, whether in personal health, finance, and civic engagement.
To ensure we get the most out of life, Neo Collège was created and is currently developing activities on topics that would be useful in the long term.
What benefits do you think Neo Collège's activities can provide people with?
Adolescence is the time to open up to the world and begin to develop as a person. The behaviours and skills acquired during this period can shape many spheres in adulthood: relationships, career, health, and many more.
We want to help them get excited about a green lifestyle, healthy habits, essential life skills through new ways of doing things, widening their perspectives and making them aware of their possibilities.
By discussing topics such as finances, mental health, relationships, we hope to help build a generation of resilient and fulfilled adults.
At the end of each activity, we provide various external resources related to the topic presented.
And if resources are your thing, you can get an ebook full of resources during our crowdfunding launched this week during School perseverance week.
More than 100 organizations and programs offering services for teenagers are listed.
You will find sports programs, leadership, entrepreneurship, social involvement, career development support, etc. You can also find hotlines, school resources, immersion opportunities, and much more.
A must for young people who want to develop their skills and take advantage of the many programs offered in Québec.
What type of subjects are covered in the different activities?
"What happens after an arrest," "Reading nutritional values," "Understanding your paycheck," "Living with roommates" and "Intro to sign language" are all examples of topics we will cover.
Teens can find activities on subjects that are essential to everyday life but are forgotten by a traditional school.
There are three main categories: society, including politics, law, community; sustainable living, including environment, finances, physical and mental health; and healthy relationships, including communication, personal development, family-friend-love relationships.
Basically, we touch all life skills that will prepare teenagers for real-world challenges.
Why do you think the lessons taught at Neo Collège are an important addition to students' education?
To create a stable foundation on which to build a strong society based on reality, diversity and inclusiveness, education must be built on these same values.
It is by developing the soft skills of citizens that we contribute to tomorrow's society. Young people are full-fledged citizens, it is imperative to provide them with the means to build their critical sense, their ability to communicate their thoughts, know their rights, etc.
As teens become adults they need to find resources that can teach them the essential skills they don't yet possess, and we are there to support them in their journey.
We will encounter all of these topics sooner or later, and as Nelson Mandela said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.''
If you'd like to donate to Neo Collège and all that it does, you can do so here.
December is generally a month spent with loved ones, wrapping up the past year while setting intentions for the new one. But with holiday gatherings cancelled in Quebec red zones, it's bound to be different this time around.
Many Quebecers may be navigating the unknown right now, as business closures lead to layoffs and COVID-19 takes its toll on physical and mental health.
We spoke to Eliza Robertson, MTL Blog's resident astrologer and co-owner of Kosmic Tonic, for insight into what the end of the year holds for each zodiac sign.
Aries (March 20 - April 19)
What's In Store For December: Fiery Aries natives are known to be aggressive, self-focused and driven to pursue their life goals.
This month, Robertson says, the December 14 eclipse in Sagittarius will affect their ninth house of travel and higher education. The eclipse on November 30 is focused on their area of communication, siblings and local environments.
Robertson advises Aries natives to allow for detours if they have any travel plans during the month of December — make sure you have all your paperwork in order to avoid any pitfalls.
Since many quick changes and unexpected events can occur around eclipses, Aries people should watch for any surprises in education and how they communicate, as well as avoid Twitter fights and arguments via Instagram or Facebook comments.
Mars in Aries will be squaring Pluto around December 22 and 25. Robertson says to be mindful of power dynamics this holiday season and reminds Aries not to push the boundaries of gathering rules or pick fights with family.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
What's In Store For December: Taureans, being the earthy, Venus-ruled bulls they are, are best known as connoisseurs of the finer things in life — great food, a love of the outdoors and expensive material items.
The upcoming December 14 eclipse will put emphasis on other people's money for Taurus — this could mean the money they share with their partner, or it could be money they receive through the government or a business partnership.
While eclipses aren't good or bad, Robertson says, they can signify changes in Taurus' life. Taurus might receive money they weren't expecting in December, or see money coming in rather than going out.
On December 6, Venus in Scorpio will trine Neptune and Pisces — she says this is a great time for Taurus to connect romantically with their significant other, creating a very sweet start to the month.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
What's In Store For December: Gemini, known as a quick-witted, sociable and inconsistent air sign, is represented by the twins — mostly due to the duality of their nature.
Geminis might be experiencing significant change or movement in their life during this time, especially in relationships. The eclipse on December 14 will affect their relationship sector.
Robertson says the first half of December will be focused on self-discovery for Gemini natives — they'll be thinking about what they want and what they need, either in their own lives or in relationships with others.
By December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be conjunct in their area of money. Robertson advises Geminis that this might be a great time to get their shit together financially — it's a great time to apply for grants and loans, especially if they're an entrepreneur.
Jupiter is an abundant and gift-giving planet, but Saturn makes you work for it. Gemini natives will have to put in the hours and be organized about their goals — only then will they see the returns of their labour.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
What's In Store For December: Cancers, represented by the crab, are known for their compassionate nature, their intuitiveness and their sentimentality.
This past month, Robertson says, things might have felt heavy for Cancers when it comes to supporting their partner or career.
However, Saturn is finally moving out of their relationship sector in December. For the last three years, they may have had to learn some tough lessons in relationships or may have had some bad breakups.
But with Saturn and Jupiter finally moving out of their relationships on December 17 and 19, they may start to feel a sense of relief or lightness.
Next year might be a great time for Cancer to apply their cardinal energy to their work ethic and possibly see the fruits of their labour, Robertson says.
Their career goals might land on receptive ears in December when Mercury in Sagittarius is sending a lovely angle to Mars in their work sector.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
What's In Store For December: Leos, the creative, passionate and fiery kings and queens of the zodiac, are known for their great hair, their loyalty and their luxurious nature.
Leos might be dealing with themes that keep coming up between their friends and how they unwind and have fun, says Robertson.
It could be that they're trying to find ways to catch up with the people in their lives when they're currently unable to gather in red zones, or they could be thinking of friends that may be fading from their lives.
A question Robertson has for Leos in December: How do you reach out to people who could be more distant and maintain your relationships?
This year, derailed by COVID-19, Leos might have lost touch with some of their close acquaintances.
If they're creative, December is a great time to dedicate hours to working on their craft. A lot of electric ideas could be coming to them this month, according to Robertson.
Venus will enter this creative area on December 15, adding some of that keen eye for beauty and aesthetics so many Leos inherently possess.
They could also see positive results from their work over the last year — they might feel a sense of satisfaction by what they've accomplished. Be aware and be proud, Robertson advises Leos.
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
What's In Store For December: Virgo, the shrewd and methodical Virgin, is known for their nitpicky, organized and chaotic earth sign nature.
This month, Robertson says the December 14 eclipse will focus on Virgo's area of home, family and roots.
With the November 30 eclipse focusing on their career sector, it could be that Virgos are in the midst of changing jobs or shifting their workflow to adapt to COVID-19.
It could also be that their career changes are having a ripple effect on their home-life — but it doesn't seem negative, Robertson says. It could just be an agent of change or energy in their home situation.
According to Robertson, December could bring awareness to Virgo about the way they handle the relationships in their lives. It could be a good time to make space to spend time with loved ones during this period.
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
What's In Store For December: Libras are the ultra-lovable, fair-minded and diplomatic judges of the zodiac. Known for their intellect and grace, their air sign quality makes them social butterflies.
Robertson says that this month's December 14 eclipse will focus on their area of communication, neighbours or siblings.
With Mercury and Neptune squaring in their communication and job sectors, Libras should be extra careful when it comes to work communication in December.
It's not a good time to send the wrong GIPHY gif on Slack or carbon copy the wrong person on an email. Robertson advises Libras to be mindful and aware of their messaging.
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
What's In Store For December: Scorpios are known as intense water signs, infamous for their trust issues, their laser focus and their secretive nature.
With the December 14 eclipse focusing on their earnings, there could be shifts to how they're bringing in money — they could receive a generous bonus they weren't expecting or, alternately, there could be unexpected costs they didn't see coming.
When Mercury and Mars trine in their job sector, December will provide Scorpios with the ability to think clearly in response to change. They might be able to power through work issues this month, Robertson says.
In mid-to-late December, Saturn and Jupiter move into Scorpio's home sector — they might have to start dealing with unresolved issues in their family or they might have to face the music with regard to issues at home.
However, Robertson says Scorpios will emerge stronger, happier and more whole after dealing with issues head-on.
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
What's In Store For December: Sagittarians are the travel-loving, expansive and philosophical fire signs of the zodiac. They're known for their great sense of humour but can often promise more than they can deliver.
December is officially Sag season, and these archers are celebrating their solar return this month. With the December 14 eclipse focusing on their area of identity and self, they might be experiencing some shifts in the way they prioritize their goals.
If they're queer or transgender, it might be a good time to come out — it's the perfect time for change.
With Venus entering Sagittarius on December 15, they could have more personal magnetism or charisma. Sagittarians might feel more confident during this period — and it's a great time for them to make changes to their appearance.
With Mercury and the Sun in positive aspects to their place of creativity, it's a great time for them to work on their craft.
If they've been feeling financially squeezed lately, Robertson says they might feel some relief around December 17, when Saturn moves into Aquarius.
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
What's In Store For December: Capricorns are the hardworking CEOs of the zodiac. Known as the old guard, these earth signs are focused on climbing the corporate ladder and achieving financial security.
Robertson says Capricorns might have had a tough few years, but it'll all be over in 2020.
With Venus in Scorpio, sextile Jupiter and Saturn focusing on their friendship and community sector in December, Capricorns could find their friends showing up for them more, and they're able to spend time with friends who make them feel less alone and who can take the sting off of their last few months of hardships.
The Sun will square Pluto and Mars this month, so Robertson advises Capricorns to avoid reckless behaviour — it's not a good time to light anything on fire, she says.
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
What's In Store For December: Aquarius is the forward-thinking and innovative rebel of the zodiac, known for their independent nature and humanitarian air sign qualities.
Saturn and Jupiter will be in their sign on December 17 and 19 — many astrologers refer to this period as the 'Age of Aquarius.'
Saturn will force them to wake up to reality, Robertson says. If they're kidding themselves about something or ignoring something they need to work on, Saturn doesn't leave them an option.
Since Saturn's move into each chart only occurs every 28 to 30 years, they can be feeling like there's lots of work to be done. But as of 2021, Aquarians might feel some hope that they're not going through things alone.
Jupiter will be Saturn's handmaiden next year, Robertson says. They might receive help from an unexpected place. It could also be a great time to see friends they haven't seen in a while, and they'll feel some new energy around the December 14 eclipse.
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
What's In Store For December: Pisces, a water sign represented by two fish, is the last constellation of the zodiac and is known for its mercurial, emotional and artistic sensibilities.
With the December 14 eclipse focusing on Pisces' area of career, there could be changes coming to their work life this month. There might be shifts in work rules or changes in personnel in their immediate work environments.
Around the same date, Mercury will be sending a trine to Mars in their earnings sector. According to Robertson, this seems positive — if some of their work involves appealing to people through the use of words, there will be a good flow in the way they express themselves at work.
This could result in positive effects where it comes to their earnings. With Venus in their career sector on December 15, they could receive positive recognition at work despite feeling like they've been working hard without being noticed.
Certain people may come into their life this month who can open professional doors for them, Robertson says.