Magazine article Psychology Today

Locating Lovers

Magazine article Psychology Today

Locating Lovers

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HERE'S A RUNDOWN of some of the most popular smartphone dating apps that aim to help users locate mates for life...or just fora night.

' r x TINDER A popular app that makes appraising people seem like a game, Tinder presents a succession of potential dates based on gender and age preferences as well as GPS coordinates. Industry analysts estimated it to have A.2 million active daily users in April, although the verdict is still out on whether it's for serious dating or just entertainment.

GRINDR The original blockbuster hookup app, Grindr uses GPS to help men liaison with other men whose proximity is bluntly expressed in feet la beefcake named Tom, for instance, might be identified as 32 years old and 25 feet away). It's also used as digital gaydar for gay and bisexual men, an asset for those in more remote areas.

BLENDER An app introduced by the creators of Grindr to let women in on the game, Blender operates in much the same way as its progenitor but prompts a critical question: How likely are women to be looking for casual, immediate sex nearby? …

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