(CNN) - Malia checks Blendr, the location-based networking app, on her phone six or seven times a day, sorting through messages from strangers who know she's in their vicinity and responding only to the ones who don't seem creepy.
Though she is surrounded by people in Los Angeles, the 23-year-old waitress finds that her smartphone is still helpful for meeting new friends or potential romances.
'I catch happy hours with people, meet friends, maybe go on dates here and there,' explained the woman, who asked that her last name not be used. 'You meet a lot of people who are very spontaneous.'
Online dating used to be largely a deskbound activity. But in recent years, mobile apps like Blendr have employed constant Internet access and location-based services to turn the smartphone into a wingman of sorts.... Source/Origin >> Read More