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To find a date, look down at your smartphone


For tech-savvy singles looking for romance, a slew of GPS dating apps are available for your smartphones.

They use the same GPS technology that power location-based apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla and Loopt. Instead of cluing users in on happy hours and clothing sales, these apps help love-seekers detect prospective dates nearby.

Users typically download a location-based dating app, then upload a profile picture, write a short bio and specify what gender they're seeking (some apps will allow you to narrow down the field with more options, like desired age range and ethnicity). Turn on the app in a public place, and it will list the other users also signed on in order of distance from you (some will show exactly how many feet away they are).

Some of the most popular ones, such as Skout, Grindr and Are You Interested?, have millions of subscribers.

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