Happn offers the possibility to reappropriate these missed connections.
Earlier this year, Vanity Fair declared Tinder as the ultimate place that twentysomethings go to “hit it and quit it”, claiming that the app was solely responsible for a “dating apocalypse”.
While die-hard romantics might agree, others say the app has revolutionised the process of hunting down no-strings fun at relatively little expense. But the pickier you are, the fewer matches you’ll receive, so if you’re looking for a casual hookup - get swiping.
Instead, my argument is that given the choice, most people simply wouldn’t want to meet the love of their life online.
Moreover, while I applaud the thoughtful compatibility algorithms of Ok Cupid and the brilliant simplicity of Tinder, online dating platforms can never account for chemistry, which can only truly be assessed in person, and is the single most important factor in whether people fit together or not.
Radar facilitates meeting people in a way that feels genuine, authentic, and serendipitous. Using emoji badges, select your 30 strongest personality traits for yourself, and the person you’re looking for.
For the latter, you can also double-tap to veto 10 traits you don’t like.
Today January 3 is also set to be the UK’s busiest ever day for online dating, according to Match.com, with dating app users scrolling through an average of 43 profiles and message 22 people on their first day back in the office.
If one of your resolutions is to fall in love this year, statistics say you’ll have a better chance by getting yourself online with the rest of the capital’s young, social and connected singles - as an estimated one in five relationships are now forged on dating apps.
Where will you find an enduring love and where will you bag yourself a cursory bedroom buddy?