Why Relationship Apps?

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Our app, Couple Karma, is meant to help couples with their relationship, especially with the way they communicate. But the very idea of this kind of app sometimes raises eyebrows. After all, weren’t couples perfectly capable of communicating in the days before smartphones? What’s wrong with sitting down with your other half and having a face-to-face chat? Why do we need an app to do something that should just come naturally?

This is a line of thought we’ve sometimes heard when we’ve told people about Couple Karma, and at first glance it may sound reasonable. On deeper reflection, though, we think there are a few ways in which an app like ours can add value to a relationship. In future posts, we’ll look at some of them, but today we’ll focus on what we think is the main one.

The main reason is that it adds a bit of…fun. Suppose you fancy a nice evening with your partner, a romantic night in for example. Then why not spice things up by adding it as a special wish on Couple Karma? Describe to your partner how you envisage the evening – what you’d like to eat, what kind of film you’d like to see, and so forth. You can exchange as many ideas as you want via pictures and private messages on the app.

True, you could just plan a romantic night in without doing any of this. But wouldn’t it be more fun to heighten expectations ahead of the event, to add an extra bit of excitement? It’s worked for us, so why not give it a try and find out for yourself?

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My Wish, Your Wish

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When a couple uses Couple Karma, the idea is that they exchange ‘wishes’ with each other.

How does that work?

Let’s take an example, one from close to home. Mrs Couple Karma likes flowers. She likes flowers a lot. And she particularly likes it when Mr Couple Karma gives them to her.

The only problem is that Mr CK doesn’t always remember to give Mrs CK flowers as often as she’d like. What to do? Couple Karma to the rescue!

Mrs CK opens up Couple Karma on her phone, and she clicks ‘add wish’. Every wish needs a title, so she writes ‘It always means a lot to me when you give me flowers xx :)’. (Mrs CK always follows the Big Unwritten Rule of Couple Karma: phrase your wishes in a positive, loving way!)

If she wants, Mrs CK can add some extra touches to her wish. For example, she might add a nice photo of some flowers. Or she might say more about what kinds of flowers she likes in the ‘description’ box.

When Mrs CK adds her wish, Mr CK gets a notification on his phone. Hopefully, he acts on this and goes to buy some flowers. When he does, Mrs CK can click the ‘heart’ emoji to show him that she appreciates the gesture.

What if Mr CK doesn’t get around to buying flowers, though? This is where the ‘nudge’ button comes in. Mrs CK clicks the nudge button, so Mr CK gets a new notification to remind him. He takes the hint and goes to buy his lovely wife some flowers. Hurray!

What about Mr. CK, though? All this talk of flower-buying, haven’t we forgotten about his wishes?

The great thing about Couple Karma is that both partners can have several wishes active at the same time. So while Mr CK is at the florist, Mrs CK might be booking a table at his favourite restaurant, if that’s what he’s added as one of his wishes.

So Mrs CK gets her flowers, Mr CK gets his romantic night at the restaurant, and all is well at Couple Karma HQ!

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Around this time of year, a lot of people find that their New Year’s Resolutions are starting to slip a bit.

Maybe you promised your partner that you’d eat more healthily, make more time for couple stuff, or help out around the house a bit more.

But we hit mid-January, and you start to find yourself slipping back to your 2016 ways…

Couple Karma can help with this.

The app makes it easier for you and your partner to keep track of your resolutions, and how you’re getting on with doing them.

Use Couple Karma to give your partner the extra encouragement they might need to stick to their resolutions, and help make 2017 a better year for your relationship.