The dating game is not the safest arena. Often it is like venturing into the unknown, and you can find yourself facing all sorts of strange surprises along the way.
And yet, like in many areas of modern life, technology has stepped in to make a difference. With the help of just a few smartphone apps, anyone can become more easily apt for the venture.
So how can you utilize new smartphone technologies to make the whole process smooth, flowing, and fun? We’ve gathered a list of apps below that will come to your aid in the many different stages of your dating adventures.
Finding that Special Someone
Well, this stage obviously can’t be missed. Online dating sites have been around since the dawn of internet but with the surge of smartphone apps, the possibilities of meeting new people have grown in all sorts of awesome ways. Have a look:
Ok Cupid gives you a membership for free, which allows you to check out what the dating scene has to offer in terms of members living in your area. It takes about 2 minutes to sign up, which you can do via the ok cupid website as well. Just type in your zip code and you’re ready to go. OK Cupid members upload lots of photos to their profiles and answer a bunch of questions about who they are and what they like so it has much of the social network sense to it. It’s fun and easy to browse through.
SmartDating is a free location-based dating app that lets users search and browse for on the spot meet-ups. For those of you newer to the field, apps like Smart-Dating use a GPS to locate other users of the service in the area where you are. You can just touch to search and you’ll get results of the Smartdaters including location and distance from where you are.
Just walking up to a guy/girl has never been easy to most of us. With this kind of app, you know the person you’re about to talk to is also interested in dating, and that makes for a good ice breaker.
So where should we meet?
This app is a cool and creative idea that takes away the initial stress of finding something we have in common. HowAboutWe’d app lets users post their favorite date ideas. This takes away from the banal, let’s-meet-for-a-drink type of date and allows you to make your first meet-up more adventurous or more original. Ever tried bicycle riding for a first date? Someone out there is interested :)
The Pre-date Chemistry Test
In this day and age more than ever, time is money. Not to make romance sound too technical, but sometimes all it takes is a minute or two to decide if the chemistry’s there. And if it’s not, best to avoid a whole draining evening. With the help of this next app, you can check if that hint of magic is there, before it’s too late.
Speed date lets you spend a solid 5 minutes chatting with a person of your choice. If you and your date agree that a ‘match’ was made, you’ll be added to each other’s Connections and you can take it from there. Sometimes chatting with a person even for a few minutes gives a lot of information their profile doesn’t and it’s a great idea to give it a try before you commit to an entire evening.
So, what do you like to talk about?
Your date has just started and you need some help making the conversation move along? Not a problem. Get 101 Conversation Starters app and choose from a long list of random topics. This app offers a bunch of conversation starters in the form of questions. But best to avoid using it to interview your date; that can get annoying.
Sorry gotta run…
Didn’t use Speed Date? Now you’re stuck on a tiresome evening listening to a monologue about public library protocol… well lucky for you there’s just the app solution you’re looking for:
ExcuseMe is a fake call app and does exactly what it’s designed to do: gives you a smooth escape of what could be a messy event or just plain boring situation.
The free version lets you determine whether you want the call now or in 30 secs, but if you want to go pro for $1.99 you get more options in terms of call timing and voice of the caller. Excuse Me app can help you get out of a situation, but you better also brush up on your excuses for cutting the date shorter if you want to make it out elegantly.
Just in case…
Some dates don’t go so well and tend to bring up memories of the ex… “Maybe it’s time I give them a call.” Or, “I can’t quite remember, why did we break up in the first place…?”.
At times like these if you need help making responsible decisions or long lasting ones, get this app. It will guide you through 10 different stages for making the move more wisely, taking all matters into consideration. And if it thinking so much gets tiring, it may just push you to make the impulsive jump and call them.