Tired of online dating? Why don’t you pick out potential mates with just a sniff at this new so-called pheromone parties? At pheromone parties, participants are asked to bring with them a slept-in t-shirt that will be smelled by other guests.
The rules are simple. All participants huddle around several tables covered with numbers plastic freezer bags stuffed with shirts. Once you found the scent you like, a picture of you holding the bag will be taken and projected onto a wall. Then, the owner could step forward and meet you. In contrast to the large number of online dating sites, which demand countless details from singles, pheromone parties are more modern and only require your smell to get a partner.
Judith Prays, a woman from California got weary of online dating, started out pheromone parties as an experimental matchmaking fest. Now these parties had been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities.
The idea of finding a match by sniffing their smelly t-shirt is to be chuckled by many partygoers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some science supporting the idea. With the use of similar t-shirt experiment, research studies have proved that different human scents are preferred by people. Researchers say that a set of our genes influences our immune response that decides whose smell we choose is a nature’s way to prevent inbreeding and preserve genetic adaptations.