Today is Valentine's Day. If you're not coupled up, you're probably either laying low, thinking about flirting with someone, dropping witty one-liners all over the place, trying to figure out why your last relationship didn't work out or contemplating what "love" is, anyway. It's all pretty confusing, and the Internet isn't here to help you figure it out. But it does provide you with a few more communication tools for making a connection happen.
Go, Get Your Virtual Flirt On
The funniest part about all of these "flirting" apps is that they all really serve one purpose: To provide a means for you to get some virtual attention from another user. Will you take it a step further and actually make something happen offline?
SKOUT finds you people to flirt with, and ups it a notch with the "wink bomb" feature. If winking and chatting aren't doing it, go to the "flirt buzz" feature which acts as a news feed for users who are looking for dates, or just wanting to share some sort of question. One user writes "Anyone need a date tonight?" while another writes "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY." SKOUT also tells you that if the person you're contacting is online, how far away they are and what photos they are posting.
Flirtomatic helps you "flirt" through a fast connection and a small chat screen. It is instant gratification defined: Find someone, flirt them, exchange some pics and then...connection? Because the entire point of this app is to flirt with as many people as possible, you should quickly find another person and flirt them down.
Moonit connects you with users nearby based on astrology. So if you're a Libra looking for a Gemini...you are in luck. One thing that makes Moonit different from the others is that this app is about finding both friends and flirts. (Just don't combine the two.) You can also collect friendship stickers based on the types of people you connect with. Moonit also offers an opportunity for you to connect with your Facebook friends, further clumping together all aspects of your life into one space.
FlirtMaps helps users meet people and "break the ice" without ever leaving the house. Entirely location-based, FlirtMaps gives you an idea of where other people are located, almost exactly. Find a user, locate their exact location, send a gift or a text. Because FlirtMaps knows where you are and what you're looking for, it can easily locate available people nearby.
One-Liners & Such
If flirting apps are too much of a commitment, try these one-liners from apps FLIRT and Breakup Lines. 'Nuff said.
Things are moving too fast. Here's a good breakup line, especially for those oh-so-intimate virtual relationships.
Today is the Day to Break Up... or Just Figure Out What Happened
If Valentine's Day is just another day to sit around and feel sorry for yourself...try doing something else instead. Why not try to figure out why your last relationship failed using a strange feedback request form that reads like a developer's bug report?
WotWentWrong.com is not available for an iPhone or Android because it requires a bit more interaction and thought on your part. Enter the details of your last relationship, including your full name, the first name of the person you dated, that person's gender (unfortunately it only gives you a male or female option), how long you went out and the method for ending the relationship (no phone call, didn't return my call, in-person break up, phone break up, text message/email break up, other).
WotWentWrong tries to help you craft the email you're going to send to your last significant other by providing a template type ranging from "please elaborate" to "flattering." If you have the guts, complete the form and email it to your ex or that person who quietly snubbed you. Here's what the request form looks like. If email feels like the best way to approach that person, then try this app. If not, why not just move on?
What Is Love, Anyway?
There's this myth floating around that, if you aren't coupled up you're really and truly missing out not just on Valentine's Day, but on life. On a day like today, it's important to remember that that is absolutely not true. Love is first and foremost about you, not other people. I just saw this on my Facebook news feed from a friend who shall remain nameless.
"Love is a state of Being. Your love is not outside; it is deep within you. You can never lose it and it can never leave you. It is not dependent on some other body, some external form. In the stillness of your presence, you can feel your own formless and timeless reality as the unmanifested life that animates your physical form. You can then feel the same life deep within every other human and every other creature...this is the realization of oneness. This is love. " (Eckhart Tolle)
And there's no app for that.
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