Is this the heterosexual Grindr Mobile dating app links single men and women within 100 miles
Date night: Land in a new city and check who is close by – but is the app an answer to finding mates or simply about quick sex
Internet dating has become so popular that it has, according to a recent study, lost its taboo.
But while its tried and tested formula seems to work, a burgeoning app suggests that people are less shy and are willing to check for singles in their vicinity wherever they go, with the hope of a spontaneous date.
SinglesAroundMe is assisting more face-to-face meetings, replacing chat-up lines in bars with messages from the GPS-enabled app.
Its founder calls it a 'new frontier'
of finding friends and dating, using portable technology to immediately
connect amorous or lonely men and women.
GPS technology to link singles near each other together, the service
aims to bridge the gap between dating sites and real-life chance
meetings, bringing back the face-to-face spontaneity of dating.
The app has rocketed in popularity,
joining others in the booming and highly lucrative online dating market,
which has an estimated value of $4 billion. Found Chris Klotz told
MailOnline: 'Shortly we expect to hit one million downloads, and things
are accelerating as word spreads.'
Launched by the Canadian in 2010, 550,000 messages were sent between singles all over the world last year alone. A Google map plots current locations and flags up users within 100 miles; after viewing a profile, winks and messages can be sent.
Dates on call: SinglesAroundMe uses GPS to link singles together, alerting users when there is a potential date within 100 miles
The idea is that users then meet, letting chemistry do the rest.
Most of SinglesAroundMe's users are between the ages of 25 and 50, with the USA home to nearly a quarter of a million downloaders – and the site is keen to tout that most cities worldwide host its users.
As Mr Klotz writes on the site: 'We meet people when we’re out and about, not when we’re stuck at home behind a computer.'
'It is used to meet people not for a quickie, although I'm sure there might be those ambitions for some'
While an initial judgement of the service may be to compare it to something of a heterosexual Grindr – the tool that geographically links gay users, often for casual sex – Mr Klotz has found that his app has 'become much more main stream'.
He says it 'is used to meet people not for a quickie, although I'm sure there might be those ambitions for some.'
The potential of the gay market is not
lost on the founder, and two months ago he launched GaysAroundMe – more
squarely aligned to compete with the likes of Grindr.
The app may be the beginnings of some beautiful relationships – casual or otherwise – but there is of course the potential for a certain amount of abuse. Craig's List, for example, is a known playground of some of the shadier characters in the world of online assignations.
WHERE ARE THE MOST SINGLESAROUNDME USERS
Top five U.S. cities:
1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. San Diego
Top five U.S. states:
2. New York
5. New Jersey