It’s not uncommon for people to see someone out in public and find them attractive, thinking that maybe one day they’d like to go out on a date with them. However, due to a variety of social stigmas and norms, you would almost never approach a random stranger to ask them out on a date.
Even if you did, the most likely response you’d get is a resounding no. Happn is using moments like this to create the basis for their new online dating app. Typical online dating apps, such as Tinder or Bumble, have you matching with other users in a very general range that you set yourself.
The person you match with might be one mile away, or they might be 20 miles away. Either way, you then have to go meet in person somewhere, with one of you possibly having to drive a bit of distance.
Happn uses a preset, very small range of distance for your matches. The way Happn shows you results is by people that you’ve been in about the same place with already. From there you can like their profile, and if the likes are mutual, then you match, which allows you to talk to one another.
For example, if you and someone else using Happn went separately to a coffee shop, you’ll likely appear in one another’s search results. Happn also shows you about when and where you met, so you have some idea of where you might know this person from.
Happn does not, however, reveal anything about where you are at that moment. This can come in very handy when you’re trying to set up a good first date with someone you meet on the app.
If you both crossed paths at a restaurant, then you clearly both like that restaurant, giving you a good starting point to choose. You might even realize you briefly saw one another at that very location.
Not only is that place an easy choice, but you’ll also both be somewhat comfortable there, having both been there already. Another feature of Happn is that by linking with your Facebook account, it shows if the two of you have any mutual friends.
You might be able to get that friend to introduce the two of you, or maybe you’ll realize that you met each other at a party, both having been invited by that mutual friend. Either way, Happn is making online dating a lot easier for people.