“After a week or so we arranged to meet up for drinks.
We spoke to Herefordians - some current, some ex-pats living big bad cities across the UK - to find out their best and worst moments using dating apps, and to find out if they think it’s easier swiping in South London or St Weonards.“The pictures were from a Californian Instagram model’s account.Mila from Putney was probably Colin from Brentford.: If you meet someone and it goes badly, you mate have to change your bus route.There are a huge number of similar apps on the market – from Grindr, the original location-based app, which is for gay men and puts a strong emphasis on hook-ups, to JSwipe, which is for Jewish people looking for Jewish people, to Bumble, which flips the usual bar protocol in that conversations can only ever be started by the female – but you get the gist.As she turns the ‘big light’ on she shrieks at something she’d just trodden on.“First thinking it was a dead mouse, she takes a closer look and realises it’s a HUMAN EAR and starts screaming.Because that’s not at all what happens when you approach someone in a bar.Happn - Similar to its big brother, Happn takes the use of the GPS chip a stage further.But in case you’re out of the loop – or happily coupled – here’s a quick Dating App 101. In short, people set a geographical radius using the location chip in their smartphone or tablet, the gender and age range they are looking for, and Tinder magically produces a deck of cards.(If you’re rolling eyes at the mere thought someone doesn’t know what Tinder is, swipe left on the next section and skip to the embarrassing stories, funny messages, and reasons why using your smartphone to date in Herefordshire is different to doing so in, for example London.) Tinder – This is Google. Except instead of Kings and 7s, there are Names, Ages, 3-4 pictures of the person either performing a ‘Duckface’ selfie or on a snowboard, and a One-Line Bio about ‘being sociable, outdoorsy’ and, weirdly, what height they are/are looking for.