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He says: "When using an app, you don't know if someone has swiped left on your profile, you find out only about the positive matches."I think getting to chat first is a great asset if you're shy about making the first move in real life." Paktor may have impressive user numbers, but Mr Chua Joo Hock, managing director of Vertex Ventures, a global venture capital platform which has invested up to US.5 million (S.1 million) in the dating app, estimates that Singapore is three to five years behind the United States, which is at the forefront of online dating, in terms of online dating social acceptability.For the three Korean-American sisters behind the San Francisco- based app Coffee Meets Bagel, the experience of their female users was key.Ms Dawoon Kang, 32, a co-founder of the app, which is reported to have 21 million users in the US alone, says: "We realised that career-focused women don't have time for bulls*** and want quality over quantity.So does this mean that the old- fashioned face-to-face pick-up line is dead? For users such as student Mohita Jain, 23, dating apps have their time and place, but after a while, can ironically become work."Looking through an unlimited number of profiles can be really overwhelming and time-consuming," she says, adding that she no longer uses dating apps after trying them for six months.
Instead, they emphasise security and are more attentive to the needs of female users.
Tinder, which is part of the IAC/Inter Active Corp media conglomerate that also owns dating websites and Ok Cupid, boasts more than 91 million downloads and 1.5 billion swipes every day.
It is reported to have made one billion matches through its app.
Lunch Click, for instance, has user numbers that are "over six digits" and it has helped to successfully match more than 149,000 users on offline dates since the app was launched in April last year.
Similarly, Blindfold, though launched in beta only in October, has made more than 30,000 matches.