For when you're already out and about
If you're already out at a singles bar but having trouble striking a conversation or making a connection, the following Watch apps might help create a spark.
Developed as a Watch-first app, WatchMe88 works like a radar that detects singles nearby. Just set certain preferences like your age, gender, sexual orientation, and location, and whenever you're within a certain distance of another user with preferences that match, both of your Apple Watch faces start to glow. It's kind of like the 21st century digital version of blushing. You can also send your match a message or a "wink" with a photo of your face before approaching them in real life.
For an even more adventurous dating experience, you can look forward to Close Encounter by 3nder and its blind dating approach (it's not live yet, but the developers recently described their idea on Medium). Close Encounter ditches the profile photos all together and focuses on "personality rather than on selfies." Users get notified whenever there's a match nearby, and then they can unlock their exact location and meet up. And for extra safety precautions, you can tap the screen three times and the app will send a distress signal to your closest friends. Yep, blind dates can be that tough.
For same-sex dating
A real-life version of a "gaydar," Jack'd claims to have created the first Apple Watch app for guys looking to meet guys. Users get notified in real time whenever their profile has been viewed by a user nearby. If they liked what they saw on your profile, you might be able to catch them before they leave the bar.
Similarly, UK-based PlanetRomeo has a Watch app that lets users browse through profiles, read messages and save guys to their favorites so they can be notified whenever they go online.
For being a little more picky
If you're overwhelmed by all the profiles on big sites like Match or OkCupid, perhaps you need to take a more focused approach to online dating. Every day at noon, Coffee Meets Bagel sends you just one potential match, selected specially for you because you share mutual interests and friends. You then have 24 hours to "like" or "pass." The Watch app tells you how much time you have left before you have to decide, so you won't ever miss out on a good match because you forgot to press "like."
If you are super selective and think you can mingle with the in-crowd, then you might want to try and register to The Inner Circle. Every member of this dating site is prescreened to "maintain the highest quality." Basically, they want rich, pretty people (or people who think they are). The Inner Circle Watch app will make you feel like you're never left out, no matter where you go.
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