Have you heard of mobile dating? It’s the newest entrant in the world of dating-meets-technology, and it may qualify as the ‘next big thing’. Broadly, mobile dating is about getting people together via special apps on their cell phones.
Dating sites and apps meet the same challenge of easy partner finding, but mobile dating is faster, more personalized and more private than online. You can find matches, chat and meet-up right away, as your cell phone is always with you. You can be sure, that no one will get into your “dating life”, when you don’t look, as you hardly leave your cell phone unattended.
Traditional online market has already acknowledged the strength and promise of this new type of matchmaking. Look at today’s top dating sites: a mobile app is their essential extension happily used my millions of people.
Quick Guide for Online Dating App User
There are different services under the broad umbrella of mobile dating, and they all offer something slightly different from each other.
Just like dating sites, mobile app can be paid and free, and there is something in between: free apps with in-app purchases, which you can either accept or ignore.
How many dating sites are there? Hundreds. Most are focused on finding true love and getting married, though people get into dating for different reasons, like relationship, casual dating, hookup, sexting. Apps are ready to meet the needs of different mindsets.
You can either validate your account via cell phone or via a social network account and get alerted on matches with your Facebook friends. You can either indicate your true name in the profile or stay anonymous. It depends on you and your objectives only. There is always a right app for you, like social-referenced Tinder or Secret Desire, a fully anonymous dating app.
Unlike dating sites, apps are real quick. Most of them match people who are already in the same physical location. This kind of mobile dating might work like this: a user registers for a service, such as a free mobile dating site and uploads a brief profile. Then, as they move around town carrying their cell phone, the service tracks where they are. If the user moves into proximity with another user, the service compares their profiles and determines whether there might be a match. If it thinks there is a match, then both users get an alert sent to their cell phone which tells them, and invites each of them to view the other’s profile. The idea is that if they like what they see, they can then send a message or start chatting via MMS, and if that goes well, they can arrange to meet up for a coffee, a drink or a chat.
Other services take the proximity concept even further. For example, a popular UK and US mobile dates service arranges what they call ‘hot spots’. This is a night at a particular bar or club that is advertised to all members of the service. Members who attend on the night are then able to look at the assembled ‘talent’, and if they see someone they like, can find that person’s profile on the service and make the first move via a message. In other words, what this is doing is using a cell phone message to break the ice, rather than having to do it the old-fashioned way of just bowling up to someone.
Sexting apps do not focus on location at all and just let you satisfy your desires with a suitable partner wherever he or she is.
- First one to contact
“Male contacting female first” is the tradition for American dating sites, but mobile dating gives you choices. Finding a dating app where girl messages first is not a problem, and in homosexual matches, either partner can be the first to text.
Our Thoughts on the Issue
We think that this kind of service is the really exciting advancement that mobile dating brings. The reason is that historically, new communications technologies have been best applied to dating when they have made it easier for people to overcome their innate shyness. For example, the answering machine allowed people to screen calls and talk to machines rather than to real live people, and the cell phone allowed people to send text messages that they could take time to compose rather than having to talk to someone.
It seems entirely possible that in the future, a lot of romantic contact between strangers in social spots like bars, pubs and clubs, will be initiated via a device such as a cell phone. By taking some of the sting out of the possibility of rejection, this could be a really widely used service and a boon to those who perhaps don’t always have the courage to approach a stranger in a bar. This sounds like a good idea to us!