It's online dating, but on the next level. Singles can now download smartphone apps to meet people instantly. But when he "checked in" through his GPS app, he found out Nina was standing in line at the same place he was. They messaged to meet up. So how many others are finding love the smartphone way?
Our survey of major GPS dating app providers found the trend is taking off. And "How About We" estimates that about one in four of its online daters are now incorporating location-based dating into their search for a soul mate. When you check in on some, your profile and general location are automatically published to other singles nearby who can message you if they want to meet.
Certain apps reveal your exact location down to the street corner. It's something that concerns Jefferson, a former sex crimes detective with the Jacksonville Sheriff's office.
It can be an open invitation to sexual offenders, pretending to be someone else for the sake of meeting other people," warned Jefferson. Hyde said he had a frightening experience himself when a man posed as a woman to lure him into one meeting. But with GPS, he says you could be face to face in minutes. Just this year, in three separate cases, three teens in Ohio, Wisconsin and California were sexually assaulted when they met men posing as teens on the GPS app " Skout.
Read more about the changes here. Jefferson says if you are going to use GPS dating, always meet in a public place. Also, always make sure someone knows where you are. And just because you meet via GPS dating, doesn't mean you have to meet on the spot. You can always set up another time to meet in person and perhaps email or talk on the phone first.
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