Best Free Apps and Virtual Dating?
As a society, we are becoming more reliant on technology. If we need to find a phone number, we go online. Need a doctor? We go online for that, too. With Google and Angie’s List, online newspapers, movies that we can stream through our computers, we have our world literally at our fingertips.
Online dating, too, has become the norm. No longer do we have to hit the bars or rely on well-meaning friends to set up dates. According to the latest statistics, about 1 in 5 newlyweds have met online.
Where there were once a few dating sites for the many, there are now dating sites for specific demographics. There are sites for seniors, sites for Christians, sites for specific Asians, Blacks, Gays and Lesbians, Jewish and Hispanics. Throw in the social networking sites like Facebook, and the dating world is only as limited as you make it.
The latest dating innovation is now on smartphones.
Online dating isn’t just a boon for singles. It’s a big business. eHarmony claims to have more than 20 million members around the world. Match.com claims around 15 million. While you can have free memberships, to get the full benefit, you have to pay. With prices ranging from $20 to $50 per month, well…Do the math. It’s a very profitable business.
And their may be more yet to come. With the advent of virtual world applications and games, like World of Warcraft and Second Life, virtual dating isn’t far from being a reality. Imagine going on your first date from the comfort of your home – in your pajamas, with your hair a mess, no makeup, unshaven – but, hey, your avatar looks great!
Luckily, many of the the best free apps for dating are feature rich and incredibly useful. One in particular that is getting a lot of attention is SmartDating. You can try it free from the iTunes store or by clicking the link.
App sdks are available that allow the user to update their profiles and view their matches on the go.