Grindr, aimed at the gay market, said it has 1.8 million subscribers.Most of these dating apps are free and work about the same way.

Dating in the vicinity Free live cam instant acess

"So I sent her a message about the game and basically tried to be as charming as I could."Forget online dating services and their scientific personality tests.

This is courtship in the smartphone era, driven mainly by photos and proximity.

About a dozen smartphone apps enable people to connect at sports events, shopping malls and other public places, using the same location-based technology that tells you about a traffic jam ahead or whether there's a sale on jeans at a store you are walking past.

Proponents say it's simply a modern answer to that age-old question: Where can I meet someone?

"The whole point is to facilitate real-life meetings," said Christian Wiklund, founder and chief executive of Skout Inc., the San Francisco company that makes the dating app used by Bergmann and Riely.

"It takes a lot of courage to just walk up to someone.

These are good ice-breakers."Skout, which is the largest of the location-based dating apps, claims 5 million subscribers and says the average age of users is about 26.

Sitting in the stands at Dodger Stadium, Steve Bergmann began checking out nearby women he might hit on.

But his eyes weren't scanning the seats — they were fixed on his smartphone.

Bergmann tapped into an app that uses GPS to locate prospective dates in the vicinity.

He scrolled through photos and profiles till one young woman caught his eye, then shot her an instant message.