Missed a chance of fate? There’s an app for that. Happn uses GPS technology to reveal dating profiles by proximity. Happn produces a feed of profiles, allowing you to “heart” users. Based on reciprocity, chat is impossible unless both people exhibit interest. Profiles must be linked with Facebook which is then used to upload pictures, interests and mutual friends.
With the tagline-“Bad timing? Now you have a second chance.”- the founders stress the realistic setup of the app which gives people a chance to talk after a missed opportunity. Maybe users were too nervous or busy to strike conversation, but the app encourages people to cross paths again on a planned date. The app also informs users on the number of times someone has crossed paths with them. This concept may finally start conversation with your crush at the gym, office or local coffee shop.
Although the design of the app may remind people of Tinder, the app showcases multiple profiles at once. Users can also remove profiles to avoid future interactions and hide location information (without notifying the person). In terms of safety concerns, the website states “your position is not saved and remains completely invisible to other members (only the position of where two people have passed each other is registered).”
The French start-up launched the app earlier this year. Since then, the app was introduced to Apple and Android devices in other European countries and the United States. Reviews of the free dating app warn people about the amount of battery the app requires (because the GPS is always on). However, by helping people find potential partners as they go about their daily routines offers a natural approach to dating apps.
What is your initial reaction to the new dating app? Do you think the app promotes meaningful interactions or casual relationships?