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GPS Dating Apps For Your Phone Let You Meet People In Your Immediate Vicinity (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 11/11/10 02:34 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET


Watch CeCe, 24, find a date in Soho using a new GPS dating app on her iPhone called MeetMoi :

Sometimes meeting people is meant to be spontaneous.

A new trend in online dating makes use of the GPS in your iPhone, Android, or Blackberry to help you find a date within a mile radius of where you are at any moment.

Sound scary? The new technology is completely secure: your exact location is never revealed, so if you're a stalker, well, you're sh*t out of luck.

Here's how GPS dating works: you fill out a profile saying who you are and what you're looking for in your mate. (For example, you could say you're only interested in non-smoking Jewish men taller than 5'10" who read Henry James on the weekends.)

Then the application matches your profile with potential mates, all within a mile radius. If you live in Wyoming you can change that to fifty or a hundred miles or however big Wyoming is, anyways.

Once your profile is matched, you have one hour to initiate a conversation via instant message. If you can't work up the courage in the first hour, your match disappears.

To be fair, the trend isn't exactly "new": The location-based online dating tool Grindr has been around for the gay community since March 2009.

But you no longer have to be gay to try location-based dating: a wave of new apps, including MeetMoi, Skout, and SinglesAroundMe give us all the chance to find out, once and for all, if the Internet will bring us happiness, as we were promised.


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