Social apps review: Boost your love life
Dating website Match.com claims that one in five relationships now start online. That’s not an insignificant number, prompting the question: how on Earth did the business of courtship go down before the safety and anonymity of the internet came into play? Still, for those more fond of Tumblr than tumbling out of bars, the web proves a veritable goldmine of potential love interests, and these three social apps provide a helping hand.
This Facebook-centric dating app made the headlines recently thanks to this faux pas going viral (NSFW), but no doubt the episode has captured the attentions of curious would-be daters. It’s pretty straightforward. Simply log in with Facebook to create a ‘Dater Card’, then browse other users’ cards, pick one that takes your fancy and hit ‘Let’s Date’. The app then suggests a date and opens up chat to allow the love birds to iron out the details. Despite the horror story above, privacy is only an issue if you behave like a douchebag.
Platform and developer: iOS (by Saturn Technology Inc.)
Final word: The app is designed to be fun and frivolous – you’re not going to find your soulmate here (probably). But if you need a date for tonight, Let’s Date delivers.
This one bills itself as the saviour of the friendzoned, and allows shy users to approach their Facebook friends for a date without the fear of potential out-and-out rejection. Simply create an account by logging in with Facebook, then select the Facebook friends you’re too shy to approach IRL, and invite them to coffee, dinner or a movie. The recipient will receive a private message informing them someone’s got their eye on them, and they in turn will be asked to choose who they’re interested in. If there’s a match – voila! If not, then no-one loses face.
Platform and developer: iOS (by Roasted Brains)
Final word: Clearly the biggest obstacle to success here is ensuring the recipient doesn’t disregard the message as spam. Otherwise, this one wins in terms of privacy and self-esteem protection.
Less of a dating site and more of a lurve resource, Smart Sex claims to be ‘your confidential sex advisor’, offering up-to-date information, Q&A games, sex news and the ability to share and discuss items with friends on Facebook and via email. A well-laid out interface makes it easy to search for information via keyword, take part in polls and find further information and advice.
Platform and developer: iOS (by Pando Health Resources, LLC)
Final word: As the guy in the first review demonstrates, some people remain utterly clueless about sex etiquette, so anyone looking to get back on the scene would do well to give this app a brief glance. As it says itself: ‘Being smart about sex is sexy’.