Smartphone apps that tell you which singles are nearby and available for a date had a somewhat seedy beginning with Grindr, an app for gay men that got a reputation for being largely sex-focused, but now almost every garden-variety online dating site has one.
The New York Times recently reported about the new apps like OkCupid Locals, HowAboutWe, Jazzed (from eHarmony), and Blendr (a more benign version of Grindr that we’ve mentioned before). Have they lived down their sketchy origins? This what the young, urban masses said:
“It can take a month to actually meet up with someone that you’re messaging online,” [one female user] said. Mobile services allow for a “quicker jump from virtual meetings to actually meeting.”
“Time is a huge factor,” [another female user] said. “I can check it at lunch or riding the light rail downtown and see if there’s anyone free to get a drink after work.”
Sounds like an ideal tool for the time-crunched…or for people who don’t want to leave their neighborhood.
What do you think of these new dating apps?
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