How to date now

In the world of dating, it seems only a handful of us experience the romantic, Hollywood-style candlelit dinner of two, whilst the rest experience bad breath, uncomfortable conversation and forgotten credit cards. We ask Claire Certain from dating app Happn to help us with dating dilemmas.


Claire’s thoughts on the progression and popularity on online dating

Of course you can do almost everything online here when it comes to services and in recent years online dating has boomed in popularity with so many people meeting their other half online. happn has taken the dating world by storm in recent years and now has almost 50 million of users. . What makes it unique – and therefore hugely popular – is the hyperlocalised nature of the way it works, where people connect with crushes who they have crossed paths with in real life, within a 250m radius. It gives the users a second chance to connect with someone they missed. Because of this, the people who connect are based on the life they lead.  I believe that online dating is only going to continue to rise in popularity as technology evolves and people lead ever-busy lives.

The best location for a first date?

Personalise, Personalise Personalise. From initial conversations people usually get a feel of their date and what they may like. If a person is interested in books take them out for book shopping. If they are a foodie a good option is either a well-reviewed restaurant or a trip to a food market so you can take your pick! The most important thing is to remember to give each other chance to connect. The perfect date will include the interests of the individuals, an environment where talking is okay (and easy!) and lastly a place where both parties feel comfortable and safe.

Common mistakes on dates?

The first few dates are all about establishing a connection and discovering chemistry. Whilst doing that it might be difficult treading the line of getting to know someone without spooking the other person. As a rule of thumb, the best thing to do is being open to an honest conversation, to avoid games, and never ever mention the ex. Also – listen and ask questions! That is the best way to get to know a person but make sure you’re also getting a word in to tell them about yourself!

Claire’s thoughts on Valentine’s Day?

Now more than ever singles are taking ownership of Valentine’s Day – a day that for many used to be the worst day of the year, is now used to meet new people, and experience new things. There is a certain feel in the air on Valentine’s Day, where everything is possible. And we definitely see a spike in happn users being more open to new opportunities, especially as our app encourages people to act on chance.

Does love at first sight exist? Or is it Lust at first sight?

Yes of course! But it depends on the person and how open they are to love.   Some relationships will be intimately close almost straight from the start while others will take time to blossom. What we offer people is second chances which happen in real life around missed connections. Being at the same place at the same time is a sign. To answer your question, I think it is the personal experience and view point that matters here the most.


About happn

Happn is the dating app that helps individuals discover people they have crossed paths with. Using hyper-localised and real-time data means that every time an individual looking for love crosses paths with other members, their profile will appear on his or her timeline!  It is one of the most popular dating apps in the UK and perfect for any features you’re writing on the top 10 ways to meet ‘the one!’

Happn is the first mobile dating app to use real-time geolocation to help you discover people you’ve crossed paths with in real life. Every time you cross paths with another happn user, his or her profile appears on your app. The app currently has 45 million users around the world and operates in 50 major cities spread across 40 countries. happn is available to download for free via the App Store, Play Store and Windows Store.

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