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An app that delivers your dream man

By NADINE WILSON All Woman writer

Monday, December 16, 2013    

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FROM paying your bills to picking out recipes, smartphones have made it easy to do everyday tasks with relative ease. One of the only things they seemed incapable of doing was to actually deliver you your dream man — until now.

That's because dating apps are becoming increasingly popular and so with just the click of a button, you can be connecting with your Mr Right in no time. One of the latest apps on the market for the socially active single is Lulu which goes a bit further and allows women to actually rank those they have dated. The app is solely for women and has over one million users worldwide already. These women are allowed to anonymously rank their male Facebook friends, hook-ups and exes from one to 10 based on qualities such as their physical attributes, personality and sex abilities. Those doing the rating are also asked to choose from a list of positive and negative hashtags to describe the men to the benefit of other women who might have some interest.

But if you plan to just log on to dish the dirt on your no-good ex, think again. You would have to answer a series of multiple choice questions and select the hashtags that describe the person you are rating. Although with hashtags such as #CheaperThanABigMac and #GoneByMorning, the app allows for a bit of digital revenge for those ladies who are still smarting from their last break-ups.

Although some have described the app as being sexist, it seems some men don't mind, because since being launched over nine months ago, the social networking site has received a number of requests from guys wanting to be rated. Not that guys would be able to avoid being rated in any event since all the guys on your Facebook friend page are automatically at risk of being thrown into the pool of male profiles on Lulu. In some quarters, the new app has been described as being addictive because it allows women to go through the profiles of past boyfriends and in the case of others, vet potential dates. Just think, meeting a guy at the park and during your initial chit-chat, being able to look up his Lulu profile and see what other women have had to say about him.

But Lulu is just one of several apps you can shop for in your playstore if you are seriously intent on hooking up with the perfect match. There are also apps like Tinder, which helps to connect you to your Mr Right by matching you with someone who has similar interests based on your Facebook page. And while distance has always been an issue with online dating, this app makes it possible for you to meet up with the guy around the corner a few blocks from you because it uses GPS positioning to match you with someone within reach.

Mobile apps have made it increasingly possible for persons to determine not only whom they want to date, but how they want to date. While a dating app like Hinge is for those who want to be wined and dined before getting into serious relationships, others like Bang with friends are for those who are just looking for hook-ups. Hinge's more conservative approach to dating gives it a less superficial feel, because the app connects people with friends of friends on Facebook and uses a romance graph to determine compatibility based on information such as hobbies and one's profession.

One of the most controversial mobile dating apps to date has been Carrot dating, a mobile social network that allows women to be bribed by their suitors. According to the app's intro page, Carrot dating is a win-win for everyone.

Critics of the app have accused its developer of supporting borderline prostitution. That's because, upon logging on, you are allowed to choose one from 20 bribes such as a plastic surgery, a dinner or flowers, and then offer it to another user in exchange for a date.

Software developer Sylvester Morgan believes the use of mobile apps is a great and efficient way to meet and greet someone of the opposite sex, but cautions women to bear in mind some of the same considerations they would when using a regular dating site, such as not giving out too much personal information too soon.

"I think it's a good thing. Quite frankly, you are so busy going about life, so any help you can get with dating is useful," he said.

He believes apps are probably going to be more popular than websites for dating purposes, primarily because of the fact that they are seen to be more personal and efficient.

"Clearly your phone is with you all the time, and it has become more than an accessory right now. Anything that you do with your phone is going to be more personal and because it is more personal, you will be a bit more forthcoming. Because it is with you everyday, it will help to facilitate better communication and since the person will be getting your messages instantly, you will be better able to respond instantly as well," he said.

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