When out at a club a few months ago I decided to give one of these apps a try and turned on Blendr.
I swear, in less than two minutes this guy I'd never met or seen -- David -- started texting me.
In less than five minutes, there he was, arms crossed, big smile on his face, right in front of me.
It turns out he's a really sweet, straight, single, professional ballet dancer. And the great part for both of us is he isn't looking for a relationship, and neither am I, at least not for the foreseeable future.
My school and training schedule is just too crazy for that.
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For the better part of the past two decades online bulletin boards like Craigslist, dating websites such as e Harmony and Match.com, and endless pay-for-play sexual hookup websites have provided the single, lonely, horny, cheating, or simply bored man or woman with the fastest and most direct route to meet, date, romance, and/or simply have sex.
As modern life has shifted away from the home or office-based computers and become all about the smartphone, we now have apps that allow us to literally "hook-up" on the go.
Smartphone "friend finder" apps like Ashley Madison (for marrieds and partnered individuals seeking "out of the roost" sex), Skout and Blendr (for single straight men and women), Grindr (to find male-male partners) or Pink Cupid (to find lesbians and bisexual partners) -- among many others -- are actually friend finders . households now own at least one smartphone, it seems reasonable to assume that increasing numbers of people are eagerly following this app-created breadcrumb trail to sex with strangers wherever and whenever time and circumstances allow.
More accurately, these more accurately named, "sex-finder" apps are designed to help you geo-locate an immediately available, readily accessible romantic or sexual partner much in the same way that Yelp or Citysearch will direct you to a nearby four star sushi bar or Italian deli with a good smartphone and the flick of your index finger. Once downloaded and opened, sex finder apps bring up an instant photo grid of potentially available sex partners, presorted by location, gender, age and/or sexual preference -- all on your smartphone screen.
In crowded urban areas these apps often locate multiple people within a mere few hundred feet!
And just like that, the days of being rejected when out clubbing or trying to pick someone up at a party are a thing of the past.
With sex apps there's no muss, no fuss, just the act itself and a handshake on the way out, thank you very much.