We’ve all been there: we see a super sweet guy somewhere out on the street (maybe at a bar or on the subway), and we can feel there is an instant and mutual attraction. But we don’t say anything because we’re shy or because we think it will be weird, and then he disappears and we’re faced with the fact that we’ll never see him again.
Even though apps like Tinder were founded to make it easier for people to find one-night-stands, happn is one of the most romantic dating apps out there because it was designed to give serendipity a second chance. Like Tinder, happn is also location-based but its system is a bit more advanced. It’s hyper-local, which basically means that you don’t come across people who are 50km away from you. You only see people who have walked past by you when you had your phone (and the app) with you.
Here are 5 reasons happn is better than Tinder:
1. You are matched with people from the real world.
In a city like Istanbul where there are dire concepts like “crossing to the other side,” it’s truly amazing that there is a platform where you can actually meet people who go to the same coffee shop as you, who drink at your favorite bar, who are basically around you in real life. If you’re the kind that says “No, opposites do not attract. I want to be with someone with similar interests,” it makes a lot of sense to meet with someone from happn because that person already has some sort of common ground with you.
2. You don’t have to decide on the spot whether you like someone.
Do you ever keep going to the kitchen and opening the fridge like ten times when you’re hungry because you just can’t decide what you want to eat? If that’s the case, then how are we supposed to know if we like someone or not in an instant?? Thankfully happn feels us. So those who you’ve crossed paths with pile up on your homepage as if on a Pinterest board, and whenever you feel like liking someone, you do it. If you want to think about it for days, or even weeks, it’s totally up to you.
3. You continue to have access to someone’s profile after you’ve clicked on “like”.
This means that you can keep on gathering intel while you wait for him to send a message. You can take a look at what he’s up to through the Instagram link, and the app will also show you exactly how many kilometers he’s away from you at any moment. If you’re not into stalking much, you at least have the chance to keep checking out his photos and sigh.
4. There is a Spotify connection on users’ profiles for those who weigh up a person not through their appearance but through their taste in music.
The Spotify link means that there is an extra avenue for information hunting. For example, you found a guy who looks good, has a good job and you even have common friends but he only listens to Turkish pop, which is not your thing. Or you see a guy and immediately think “totally not my style” but when you check out his Spotify, you find there is much in common there. So happn might make you think that there is more than the eye can see. And for those who are brave enough will jump into completely new experiences.
5. The users are varied and pretty cool.
There are nearly half a million people using it in Istanbul right now. From photographers to engineers, from the youngsters to the mature, from the gentleman to the smooth talker, the traveler to the indoors-y type… all sorts of men whose lives cross yours are there.
It’s quite simple: you download happn on your smartphone, get a free Facebook account if you don’t already have one, pick your search options, and wait for the app to bring to you those you’ve crossed paths with in real life.
Click here to download the app (Android – iPhone – Windows Phone)