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"The incentive is just to go meet." In effect, Grindr also works as a kind of digital "gaydar," allowing people who are interested in same-sex relationships to identify each other without the awkwardness of having to ask someone if they're gay or not."It takes a lot of the guesswork out of it," said Zachary Rosenkoetter, a 22-year-old from Tallahassee, Florida, who met his boyfriend on the app.Most of the apps rely on instant messaging as a way to break the ice before a real-world conversation takes place.On these apps, users keep minimal profiles -- much less detailed than those you see on Facebook or My Space."I think it can be fun and it can be useful for a few months, and women will use it initially, but the more men there are the more high percentage of creepy guys there will be, and the more percentage of women will be deleting these apps," he said.For point of reference, Skout, which launched in the summer of 2009, is about 60 percent male and 40 percent female, according to Wiklund.(CNN) -- There are many reasons people fall for each other: Personality, looks, humor -- sax-playing ability.But a new class of GPS-enabled smartphone apps is trying to bring dating back to the pure, data-driven basics. In this new era of app-driven love, location is most important.
The apps tend not to say exactly where a person is located, and, on Skout and Grindr, you can turn off the location-aware feature if you choose.Apps like Skout, Grindr and Street Spark let people sort through lists of potential daters based on where they are located at any given moment.All three services list the distance between the person using the app and other member users in feet.Take, for example, the story of Scott Kutcher and Amanda Segal.
They started dating in March when, during a Jay-Z concert at Madison Square Garden, Scott pulled out his i Phone, opened an app called Skout and scanned a list of near-by women.A male-only app called Grindr says it has more than 900,000 users in 162 countries.