Online dating is nothing new, but the tech savvy set is now using smartphone apps to take it to the next level. Now, it’s easy to meet potential soul mates on the go — with most apps, there’s little to no scheduling required. Check out the latest in digital dating, pick up your smartphone, and put yourself out there!
Crazy Blind Date
OK, so Crazy Blind Date may have not been the best name for a dating app. Users’ profile pictures get scrambled, so there’s still an element of surprise. Set up a place and time you’re willing to meet, and see who responds, or browse other dates that fit into your schedule. You can chat with your date through the app before you head out to iron out logistics, then leave a review so that Crazy Blind Date can do better at matching you with a great date next time — if you need a next time, that is!
Leave trying to accidentally-on-purpose bump into someone to the middle schoolers. Meet Moi helps you run into potential beaus by detecting matching interests and your locations to set up quick dates. The app tells you who’s nearby, and if you like what you see, you can send or accept an invitation to chat. And since you’re right around the corner from each other, it’s the perfect time to grab a cup of coffee. No bumping, or even waiting, required!
At First Sight
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is a video worth? A lot more, say “The Bachelor’’ and “The Bachelorette’’ host Chris Harrison and series creator Mike Fleiss. The duo launched an app called At First Sight that focuses on video profiles, letting users get a better sense of who a person really is before agreeing to a date. “It’s like going on 100 coffee dates without leaving your house,’’ Harrison said in an interview with Mashable.com. You can also send messages and chat through the app after you find your bachelor or bachelorette.
Why just meet up with friends for drinks when you can turn it into a group date? Grouper matches two people up — in less than an hour, thanks to a new update — who are then tasked with finding two other friends to tag along. The group then arranges a place to meet for drinks, and Grouper takes payment from everyone for the first round. Sure, it’s a blind date, but at least you have your friends (and more than one option!) to help diffuse some of the pressure.
Zoosk, a website that now has a smartphone app, lets users answer questions about their preferences, beliefs, and habits, and compare their answers to those of potential matches. It also claims to present “detailed analytics’’ on similar users via its Scientific Matchmaking Service.
Grindr and Brenda
Grindr and Brenda offer location-based dating for the GLBTQ community. Both allow users to upload photos, chat within the app, and upgrade to new features. Brenda also lets women log into cities they’ll be visiting soon to set up dates in advance.
HowAboutWe… is probably one of the most creative dating apps out there. Post a date idea and see who wants to tag along, or browse through the profiles of other adventurous singles if you’re stuck. With ideas ranging from classy to crazy, there’s no shortage of fun places and people to check out. The app is free, but HowAboutWe… charges a monthly membership fee.
Let me give you my card — my dating card, that is. Let’s Date users create a card by logging in with Facebook to prove their identity. Then, they can fill it up with their qualities, hobbies, and other info. Tapping “Let’s date’’ sends your card to the front of that person’s stack, and if they do the same to your card, the app will suggest a date and start a chat so you can work out the details. Not a fan of someone’s job, age, or other characteristic? Tap “no thanks’’ and cross it out on their card to teach Let’s Date what you’re not interested in.
Looks can be deceiving, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from downloading Tinder and watching the sparks fly. The location-based app presents you with just the first name, age, and photo of a potential match. Swipe to the left if you’re not a fan, or to the right if you’d like to get to know the person behind the pretty face. If you’ve both swiped a yes, then the app will alert you — sometimes right away — and sets up a chat. If not, well, no one will ever know.
Already head over heels for your significant other? Couple helps you share everything, from messages and photos to to-do lists and reminders. Photos and videos can be compiled into a digital scrapbook to remind you of special moments. You can even send a “thumbkiss’’ if you’re far away from your sweetie: match up your thumbs on your respective screens, press, and your phones will vibrate at the same time. Isn’t that sweet?
So your social media sweetheart is draining your battery — don’t talk things out, just break up with him or her via text! The BreakupText app helps you end a relationship in a few easy taps. The aftermath, however, might not be so smooth. Watch thisto see how it works.
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