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by GENEVIEVE LISTON A number of my girlfriends are on Blendr. The way you are looking at your computer after reading this statement is exactly how I reacted when they told me at dinner the other night.
We spend so much time, texting, tweeting, uploading photos – why shouldn’t we also be using to meet new people with the added bonus of them being close by?
I must confess that when I am dating a guy, or like someone even a little bit, I have been known to engage in text marathons or up to 30 texts a day (double this if they happen to have a sense of humour).
Basically to start using Blendr and Grindr all you need to do is enter some basic details about yourself, maybe upload a photo if you’re keen and your phone uses your current location to search for other single ‘candidates’ who might either appeal to your interests; or are simply within a certain radius and up for a shag. Which is why I was so shocked to find that my girlfriends who are all intelligent, educated, beautiful women would be using this ‘geo-location’ technology to attract a potential mate. In fact I have always considered myself one of the more open minded and liberal members of my friendship group.
“It’s a bit of harmless fun,” is what the girls told me as they proceeded to share some, admittedly, hilarious conversations they had had with guys on Blendr.
And I do know a couple of people who have gone on dates after chatting with people on Blendr, but unfortunately for them, the dates didn’t exactly spark any great romances. After all, we’re all so busy these days aren’t we, wouldn’t it be great if meeting someone could be THAT easy? But there were a couple of messages I read that made me think this whole seemingly shallow dating site might actually have a little more to it than meets the eye. It didn’t matter who I was, or what I looked like or even that I was who my profile said I was. It seemed most people were simply using Blendr as a sounding board for life.