We live in the digital age. This is not a new fact. Creeping has become a regular part of my vocabulary – instead of looking something up on the internet, I “Creep” the internet. With the thousands of different app’s across iOS and Android, creeping, stalking, and awkwardly obsessing is incredibly easy.
Not sure about the guy you met last week? Google him. In less than 30 seconds (provided you have a reliable internet connection) you can find almost everything you need to know about him, at least on paper. Facebook him and find out you have a mutual friend- SCORE! Check in and see if he’s a player or has any other questionable characteristics. Does he pass your list of requirements? If not, then its on to the next one, no questions asked. What happens, however, when everything looks great on paper? You can’t go on a date with all of this insider information without looking like a creep. No one wants to know that you heavily spied on them before a first date.
Enter online dating. I don’t think there is anything wrong with online dating, I did create my own dating ad (HERE). Give it a few more years and it’ll be considered normal thanks to sites like Eharmony or Match.com. If you aren’t quite ready for the full commitment online dating sights require (read: money) here is a list of FREE “dating” apps for all of your “dating” purposes.
Tinder: Tinder finds people in your area (thank you location services) and shows you one to five Facebook photos. Swipe left to cross someone off your list. Swipe right to give them approval, or a heart. If you both “heart” each other, it’s a match made in app heaven. If you want to chat, feel free.
Grouper: Go on a date with two of your friends and three random men (or women). You sign up with your Facebook profile and Grouper matches you. Grouper sets up the date and gives you drink coupons. Show up with two of your friends and hopefully your match works out. Worst case scenario? You get free drinks with some awkward/creepy/interesting fellas. Best case? at least one of you has a date next weekend.
Lulu: for girls only. Connect to your Facebook profile and see all of your closest friends. Other girls rank ex boyfriend, flings, and friends on appearance, personality and the other important aspects of a relationship. How big are his hands? Did he buy you flowers? Did he like your friend instead? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
At First Sight: Dating app created by Chris Harrison from The Bachelor. The iTunes description defines this app as “a revolutionary new dating app where everyone has a video profile. It’s addictive, fun and guarantees what you see if who you will meet in real life”. Needless to say I haven’t made a profile, yet. I can’t NOT be awkward in a video.
THIS is how I will be the Bachelorette. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Harrison reveals “I could see this turning into a way to cast the show. If someone was phenomenal on this app and we thought they really fit the profile of what we’re looking for, it’s a great way to find people not only in life but maybe for The Bachelor, as well.” I guess he doesn’t explicitly state “YES NENNY. Sign up and be the bachelorette, season 30” but that’s close enough for me.
Have you tried any of these apps? Did you find love or maybe just a hot date? Share in the comments!
Read the interview with Ryan Seacrest HERE