How to initiate contact on a dating site

by  |  26-Dec-2014 22:24

The eligible men are laid out like items on a menu that I can scroll through by flicking my thumb.

I haven’t even tapped on a single photo yet when—brrring—a new message appears: “Wassup?

” I ignore it and return my attention to the sea of forty-five-year-old men with usernames like “Drunky.” Anyone worth messaging in here? I’m seeing so many men with questionable facial hair that I double-check my profile to make sure that I haven’t accidentally indicated a preference for goatees. I scream and toss the phone to the other end of the couch, as if this action will repel the men within it.

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How to initiate contact on a dating site

Blendr is the most high-profile of a series of new location-based dating apps for straight people.

It was created by the same folks who made Grindr, the hookup app that’s become ubiquitous in the gay community.

In June, Grindr announced it now has four and a half million users (six hundred thousand of them in the U.

S.), and that they spend an average of ninety minutes browsing every single day.

Contrast Grindr’s success with that of Blendr: the founders weren’t willing to disclose the number of users, opting instead to send me an anodyne statement that they “are thrilled with the pace of Blendr’s growth,” which, they say, “was faster in the first six months of launch than Grindr’s adoption rate during its first six months.” The company declined to say how many of those users are actually, well, using the app.

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