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.
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.
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.
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.
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