Not so long ago, online dating evoked the creepies. Remember what people thought? Only stalkers, serial killers, and rapists used online dating sites to zero in on unsuspecting prey. Now, marriages that began online are commonplace. And now, we have location-based dating apps for mobile phones.
Welcome to a new era of creepy.
At the recent f8 developer conference
, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg implied that the future of the Web lies in mobile phones and apps. Clearly, the makers of dating apps fully believe in the day when the vast majority of us find our soulmates with a smartphone's GPS capabilities. And maybe they're right.
But right now, dating apps just make my skin crawl.
Picture this: You're a single guy or gal, walking down the street, minding your own business. Suddenly, your phone beeps. It's StreetSpark
, letting you know it's found someone nearby whom you might be interested in. How does StreetSpark know? It's taken all the information you've provided in your social profiles and matched it with this person's social profile information. Then, it located the both of you using your phone's GPS.
Or perhaps you're at a bar or a concert, looking to meet a lady or three. So you whip out your phone and fire up Skout
, an app that will show you all the women in your immediate vicinity looking to meet someone new. When you find someone you like, you can start chatting with them, and if that goes well, find them and meet them in person.
Or maybe you've got an online profile with OKCupid
. It doesn't have to stop there: OKCupid's new location-based apps
for Android and iOS will let you know when a person who matches your personality and interests is in your vicinity.
Now let's not leave out random strangers. If you're just lonely and looking to chat with anyone who might be around, then DonTalk
can help out with that. This app lets you chat with a man or woman from any location on the map.
I'm not old. I met my husband online. But these apps still give me the creeps. Do you feel the same way? Or do you think these apps are the future of the dating scene? Have you ever used apps like these with any success?