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Dating is tough right? I mean I can only assume that’s the case based on my the Facebook feed of my single friends. I personally haven’t been on a date with someone other than my husband for about a decade. Honestly, I think I would hate the dating game now…I’m just too tired for all that you know? I mean I’m sure for those that are at a point in their life where dating is in the cards, dating is fun and exciting, but I’m going to bet it can also be stressful. What if I told you it could be less stressful though? And what if technology made that so?
We do life with our mobile devices these days; at least I do. It’s the way I plan, organize, keep track of the rest of the family and put out fires. Say what you about them, but without my Samsung Galaxy Edge 7S, I’d never be able to wear the many different hats that I from day to day. The good news is that when it’s time for fun, those same devices can now help in that arena too. From planning the perfect date night with hubby to meeting a new love interest for all you single ladies and gents, mobile devices can play a big role in simplifying the dating experience. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, smartphone owners use devices in multiple ways as it relates to dating, especially texting. In fact, 61 percent of people texted with a potential love interest within the first few weeks following a first date. I think texting is awesome because if you’re like me, and a little on the shy side, you can still communicate without feeling exposed until you work up to feeling more comfortable.
There are actually several free apps can help users make the most out of every dating venture.
Need to make dinner reservations and plan your evening?
- OpenTable is an essential app when planning dates, because it allows users to book a reservation at many restaurants in North America. The app also provides reviews and information about general aesthetics and appropriate attire. This is good stuff to know if you’re visiting an establishment that you may not have visited before. Users with Apple Pay can go cashless and pay with an iPhone device instead.
- Poynt is a great app to help maximize a night on the town and will make suggestions based on location. For example, if you want to grab drinks after dinner, Poynt will use location services to determine the closest hot spot for post-dinner fun. This would come in especially handy if you’re in a city that you’re not familiar with.
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- The Bouqs app allows users to buy flowers and have them delivered the same day, with on-demand delivery from artisan florists. This app also features a concierge service so consumers will never forget an anniversary or special occasion, as the app can automatically send flowers on selected special occasions. I’ve actually had my own experience with the Bouqs and you can read more about that here.
- Vivino is a user-friendly app that can change how you select a bottle of wine or plan for a perfect meal. I’d find this useful because my wine pairing skills are not on point…but I do like wine! Just snap a photo of any wine label to reveal pricing, ratings, reviews and various food pairings.
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- Date Night by Care.com is an excellent resource for hardworking parents who need a peaceful evening away from home. This recently launched app allows users to locate sitters in their area and then links to OpenTable and Fandango to assist in planning the perfect dinner and movie date.
So tell me, what’s your perfect date or the most memorable date you’ve had? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!