We have all heard of finding love on the internet and can recall many of our own friends or acquaintance who found their spouses on sites such as Match.com, Ok Cupid, and even through social media sites like Facebook, Skpe and We Chat.
So what is the difference between dating apps and social networking sites?
However, many of these apps still use Facebook as their ‘home base’ whereby users usually sign in through Facebook to reduce the probability of fake profiles.
The past 2 years has seen a virtual explosion in the number and scope of dating or matchmaking based apps.
Tinder is a mobile dating app that uses your current location and look for any single ladies around your area. “For me when I look at the profiles, I would go for physical attraction (slim, fit) and girls who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking like I do.
Faiz also agrees that most guys use Tinder as a place to look for hook-ups.
Besides Tinder, there is Hinge, True View, Tickr, Coffee Meets Bagel, Dattch, Christian Mingle and Tastebuds.
In the last year alone, the dating apps The League, The Catch, Dapper, Happn, The Dating Lounge and Wyldfire were launched, More Malaysians Catching The Dating App Fever As with most social trends, it was only a matter of time before dating apps started to pick up among Malaysians too.It is touted as the #1 social networking app for singles in Asia .Many of these dating apps have their roots in social media sites which provides the platform for them combined with greater flexibility that mobile apps offers, Today, it is commonplace to find couples who publicly declare they first met on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram as these dating apps become more socially acceptable, especially to the younger generation.When we talk about dating and social media sites, we associate them more with traditional desktop online dating which has really established its presence in the last 15 to 20 years.A Pew Research Centre study on ‘Dating and Mating in the Digital Age’ conducted last year revealed that 66% of online daters had actually gone on a date with someone they met online with 23% of them having entered into marriage or a long term relationship after meeting through these sites.Dating apps on the other hand, offer the additional flexibility and freedom of mobile features, easily portable to follow you everywhere and additional features such as location-based GPS to find suitable mates nearby, without having to scroll through pages of profiles and lengthy messages of traditional dating sites A simple finger touch on your smartphone screen allows you to signal your interest, chat, disclose your location and decide if you want to take the next step, to go on a date - all done without the fear and awkwardness of face to face interaction that one experiences in a club or social gathering.