Looking for a Date? Let Your Smartphone App Do it for You

One thing that has made smartphones and tablets indispensable is the way applications have made our lives organized and efficient.  Whether the system is Android, iOS, or BlackBerry, there is an app available that can serve as our personal assistant, exercise buddy, music player, or digital toy.  While it may be easy to find a mobile app to track our expenses or helps us with time management, can there be one to help you find Mr. Right, or at least Mr. Right Now?

Although online dating remains the top platform used by singles to find partners, it is slowly evolving with more users using mobile dating apps to find serious relationships or casual flings.  Flurry Analytics reports that a survey of 2 million dating site users in various dating platforms revealed that mobile dating apps have been steadily gaining support, with usage now up at 8.4 minutes per day from 3.7 minutes in a period of one year.  The improvement is primarily triggered by location-based features in a smartphone, which allows people to find possible dates within their perimeter in just a matter of minutes.  Considering how many singles are focused on their careers with hardly any time for their personal life, such a feature is a good boost to finding a partner on the fly.  Here are the best apps to consider in hopes of finding the one you may have been waiting for all your life.

1)  Match.com

Considered the pioneer in online dating, Match.com continues to be the number one online dating site, with over 15 million members worldwide.  Match.com intends to extend further and reach out to its users on the go.  It is one of the more versatile dating mobile apps since it is available for iOS and Android enthusiasts, as well as for BlackBerry users, including those with the BlackBerry Bold smartphone. 

2)  eHarmony

Founded in 2002 by clinical psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren, eHarmony offers the most comprehensive dating service online.  It uses a unique method of matching users which is called “29 Dimensions of Compatibility.”  Like Match.com, the app links to a user’s online subscription service but new registrations are also possible through the mobile app.  According to its website, a survey indicates that an average of 542 people get married daily after meeting through eHarmony.  Despite the extensive questionnaire that a new user needs to fill up to set up his or her profile, mobile app downloads of eHarmony breached the one million mark in 2011, with 10,000 more downloading it every day.  Needless to say, eHarmony is intended for those looking for long-term relationships. The app is available for iOS and Android.

3)  CupidRadar

One of the most sought-after features in mobile dating apps is the ability to locate possible dates within the user’s vicinity.  CupidRadar is among location-based dating applications for BlackBerry and Android.  Unlike other mobile dating apps, it imposes strict guidelines before a user is approved.  The app also offers the best security since it does not reveal the actual location of the user, just the distance.  Match results will give the user the option to send a message to prospective dates for a possible spur-of-the-moment meet up.

4)  Zoosk

With over 50 million users worldwide, Zoosk claims to be the biggest network-based dating site.  Unlike other dating apps, Zoosk connects your dating account with your Facebook account.  It allows Facebook friends to post testimonials in your Zoosk profile page and likewise gives your prospective partners the ability to send flirts and gifts to your Facebook profile.  Zoosk is free to join, but a paid subscription is required to connect to other members.  Zoosk is available in iOS and Android.

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