iDate: Romance in the age of apps

These iPhone apps can take you from date to mate in just a few clicks. –

"If I tell you that you have a gorgeous body, would you hold it against me?"

Until the advent of the iPhone, a line like this was one of the few tools guys like me had in our arsenal. How remarkable that our species hasn't reached extinction. Anyway, in the age of mobile apps, lame pickup lines are completely unnecessary. It's the 21st century, folks, and iDating is all the rage.

If you don't have a Valentine's Day date lined up, or have just been too busy to plan ahead. Here are some apps to get you on your way.

[ See also: Geek Valentine Gifts...that send the wrong message ]

Step 1: meet someone

Trying to meet a potential mate at, say, a bar is about as efficient as shooting a shotgun into the air in the hopes that sometime you might bag a duck. Luckily, there are people out there with the foresight to develop applications to help you meet someone that might actually not care that you prefer Picard over Kirk. this free app from the well-known dating site is an excellent way to kinda jump into the dating pool to see who's out there. As with all things in life, do your due dilligence and remember that photos in the iPhone may not actually look like the person who posted the pic.

OKCupid: Another free dating site/app that has a similar interface and setup to The reason to download? You're more likely to catch a fish if you throw more than one line in the water...! Just be warned that OKCupid really enjoys analyzing the data it collects about its users.

SpeedDate: Okay, now you're looking a little desperate. Potential mates can sense that a mile off. Pick two of these and be done.

[ See also: Online dating for nerds ]

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