Love... never has a word been thrown around so routinely. You seldom get through a song without the 'L' word being dropped at least once, films ditto; love is (actually) all around us. My doe-eyed optimism, though, is probably of little comfort if you're a serial dater yet to find that elusive one.
Where was Cupid when that stunner strolled past by the sandwich shop? I had fully expected to be in his crosshairs and thus exchanging anecdotes over a coffee as I write; but no, they got away. And what about the Catcher In The Rye-reading blonde on platform 8? All we exchanged was a smile before a horde of commuters robbed us of an introduction.
Enter Happn, the dating app that connects you with people that you've crossed paths with... if you're the kind of person who believes in that whole fate thing. There's nothing more electrifying then getting a stare and smile from a passer-by, and nothing more gut-wrenching then when you turn around and they're gone. Enough of that noise! Let me tell you about how Happn can sort your love life right out:
Unlike other apps that bring you available daters close to your general location, Happn's navigation is so spot on that it will show you someone as close as, say, in your very own office building (which, yes, did happen to me). While running into my new prospective boo in the office lift may not sound very Kate and Leo, it worked for Tom and Summer (kind of...), and for a fleeting second I was on cloud nine.
Being an avid right-swiper has put me in contact with numerous 'characters' on Tinder. While I appreciate camel-toe shots and cheesy chat-up lines, I find the app to be saturated with folks intent on hilarious screenshots, not romance.
Since Happn started... well happening, it's a less saturated space — meaning that your chances of being contacted are much higher, especially since you're only connected with people you've crossed paths with. Which is exactly how I ended up getting coffee with the leather-jacket wearing hottie who dropped their Oyster Card in front of me. I went for my standard play: deep look into their eyes, slight pout, followed by a slowly unleashed smile... but this time it didn't end there. For a couple of paces down the street, the iPhone was out, Happn was open, and boom - we matched. And that's my Saturday night sorted - thank you, technology.
Because the app is fairly new, the users on here have a lot of different opinions when it comes to what exactly this app is going to be used for. Half of the people are trying to make it into a new hookup app, citing proximity as a great excuse for inviting you over to their place, and the other half are earnestly trying to find their next BAE. I've had a mixed bag so far. Everything from wanting to get back at their ex by any means possible (fine with me...), to seeking a friend to watch Jurrasic World with.
Happn does things a little differently than both Tinder and OKCupid, however, and is all about proximity. This approach kind of makes sense too: you're more likely to have something in common with somebody at a similar gig, bar or nightclub than you are with a complete stranger you just happened across during a 10 minute swipe-break at work. Which brings me on nicely to my greatest Happn success story...
There I was, at a gig in South London, several lagers deep and having a great time when the people directly in front of me parted in a Moses-like wave, revealing a nose-stud wearing brunette who knocked me for six. A few months ago, I would have downed several lagers and made my move under the illusion of Dutch courage. Now, I had Happn. Muchos tequilas later we were halfway through a cheeky Nandos and flirting with the idea of an Uber.
Happn is the hopeless romantic among dating apps, though the concept can sound a little creepy at first. A lot of apps like Tinder simply show you people within a few miles of you. Happn goes one step beyond, but it only allows for a conversation only when both people match.
Or, if you'd like to make eyes at someone who has not recognised you, you can send them a "charm". They've made sure to keep things on the safe side, too, so if you elect not to like someone on your feed, that person can never make contact.
So stop letting the one that got away... get away, there's no need for that to Happn anymore.