How Dated is Your Mobile Phone?

By: J Tillotson

Single people have had the option of personal ads in newspapers, dating agencies, dating websites and even speed dating; and now finding that special someone can even be done on the move.

Dating agencies are increasingly waking up to the fact that the mobile phone is perhaps the most common method of communication today, and offering services which will utilise this medium as much as possible. In its simplest form, mobile dating involves using your mobile phone browser to access a profile site, and sending a text message to a profile you'd be interested in. You can search profiles in the same way as on a regular dating site; browsing by criteria such as age, location and interests.

But it doesn't stop there. The use of Bluetooth technology means that you could now potentially 'connect' with a random person in a bar or club, although it stands to reason that this way of dating is very hit and miss. Some companies offer daters a chance to sign up to a 'homing device' type system, which lets them know when another user is within 30 feet. Such methods are known as 'proximity dating', and are more popular in parts of Europe and Asia than the more traditional methods of newspapers and online dating.

Perhaps the reason mobile dating is taking off is the spontaneity aspect of it. If you use an online service you have to be logged into a site and wait for messages to be read, received and replied to. With a mobile service, the results can be instantaneous. You could be out and about shopping or in a nightclub, sign up to a service and meet someone in the space of hours, all through your handset.

Of course these services can be expensive; sending a text message can sometimes cost up to ?1.50, but when you consider the cost of joining some dating sites with limited interactivity, it may be worth it for the added benefits of flirting on the go. Just remember to practice safe text!

Mobile phones are no longer simply devices to talk to a friend or family member. Your mobile phone can connect you to hundreds of people all over the country. Look online for the latest mobile phone deals and find your next love match!

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