DOWN We all have sent or accepted a friend request because of a nagging crush.
While poking them feels a little too forward and directly messaging them carries unnecessary anxiety, DOWN lets you connect with your crush anonymously.
"My brother's friend saw me on a dating app and he called me to say, 'How can you join a dating app?
The index finger automatically positions itself, to do the best thing it has ever done: swiping the screen-left, right, up, down. They had a great idea and they wanted to turn it into a business. Everybody and their partner somewhere out there having fun. That hour when the mobile phone is one's best friend. The boys in the group add just one more adjective: "Pleasant."VIRTUAL BEST FRIENDSOne fine day in 2013, three friends-Sachin Bhatia, Hitesh Dhingra and Rahul Kumar-sat in a cafe in Delhi, racking their brains.Sonar Here's an app that foregoes the whole "how about we..." question and heads right for the answer.Check into the local gallery and watch your chances of a meet-cute rise.(Side note: Does it still count as a meet-cute if you made your location known to a sea of prospective dates?
Who knows, of the billions of strangers out there, one swipe might just lead to that chance meeting of true love. "We had in mind a matchmaking platform, a virtual best friend who would always have someone great to introduce you to, no baggage of caste, or religion, no neighbourhood busybody, no slinking around nooks and alleys in search of privacy." They had experience: Bhatia was co-founder of online travel company, Make My Trip, Dhingra of electronics e-tail venture, Letsbuy, and Kumar, as a product manager for tech companies.The experts studied nine popular mobile online dating apps -- Tinder, Bumble, Ok Cupid, Badoo, Mamba, Zoosk, Happn, We Chat, Paktor -- and identified the main threats for users.The researchers discovered that four of the nine apps they investigated allow potential criminals to figure out who is hiding behind a nickname based on data provided by users themselves. Although a lot of girls share profiles of men with friends and keep them informed about who they are dating and where. Single and new to a city, she has taken to dating apps to perk up her social life. Hanging out is just on the basis of physical attraction, either as Friends With Benefits or for casual sex. "In the West, dating means a romantic plan with another person or maybe courtship. No girl takes a boyfriend to meet her parents unless she is sure that the relationship is serious. "Of course," the Delhi students chime together: Dating is when you are romantically inclined but there's no commitment. "Everybody, especially men, misunderstand the word dating," says Anusha.They say there's plenty of fish in the sea, but for whatever reason, the sea of dating apps appears to be lacking plenty.