There’s a new dating app taking over Australia – and the world. Today on Mamamia, one writer road-tests it from New York.
Happn, a new dating app, has officially hit my city (I can hear your groans from here). But I promise, it’s not all bad and ugly when it comes to using this app, which connects you with people that you’ve crossed paths with … If you’re the kind of person who believes in that whole fate thing.
The way it works:
Happn keeps track of where you are, in real-time, and when another user passes by a spot you’ve been at before, their profile will show up in your feed.
Similar to Tinder, the two of you can only talk to each other if you’ve both “liked” each other, by pressing the heart on their page. If you’re really trying to get someone’s attention, you can send them a “charm,” which shows up in their inbox and lets them know you’re interested.
After using the app for a week, here’s what I found.
Unlike other apps that only bring you available daters close to your general location, or base your matches off of the answers to obscure questions (I’m looking at you, OKCupid), Happn’s navigation is so-spot on that it will actually show you someone as close as your very own office building (which, yes, did happen to me).
While you don’t want to be running into your new prospective boo in your office elevator, you’re also probably not looking to start something with someone who is “only” less than five miles away from your apartment in Astoria… over in Bushwick, which may as well be a long-distance relationship, as far as I’m concerned.
Since this app launched less than two weeks ago in New York (with Sydney, London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona already under its belt), it’s a less saturated space — meaning that your chances of being contacted on here are much higher, especially since you’re only connected with people you’ve crossed paths with.
There’s also less of a drop-off rate when it comes to being messaged, since there are less users on here and therefore, less people to distract from the current conversation you’re having with a match.
If you’re not convinced about Happn, here’s an ad that may make you want to try it. (Post continues after video.)