Posted by admin | Posted in dating | Posted on 05-03-2012-05-2008
SOCIAL HOOK-UP: Brisbane Blendr user Wagner Higgins says the app is “a very efficient way to organise a tryst”. Source: the Sunday Mail (Qld)
THEY are Queensland's horniest hotspots. a new app that allows lovelorn Queenslanders to bypass dating websites and plan for immediate hook-ups reveals Brisbane is best for booty calls.
Blendr – a mobile app that has recently become available through Apple’s App Store – allows users to network with other locals and check in at venues using their phone’s built-in GPS.
The US-based app also lets romance-seekers view "hotspots" on Google Maps as a fiery glow.
While the Sunshine Coast shows a relatively dim glow, Brisbane is a pool of reds and yellows, with inner-city areas shining brightest.
Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton and the Gold Coast also spent the past month in a frenzy, while Toowoomba and Townsville sported a modest glow.
A Blendr spokeswoman said both Brisbane and the Gold Coast appeared in the app’s top 10 cities list, beating hundreds from across the world.
Brisbane Blendr user Wagner Higgins said she had used the app for about two months and found it a fun, empowering way to meet like-minded people in the River City.
"I’ve swapped from dating sites – they’re boring compared to this," she said. "It’s a very efficient way to organise a tryst. It’s more reliable than bars and nightclubs and there’s none of the tiresome coffee, dinner and small talk prelude."
Ms Higgins said the app was empowering for women and helped them break free of social stereotypes.
"It’s one of the few realms in Western life where women for once have the upper hand. It allows me to procure sex on my own terms and to express my sexuality in a way that women have rarely, historically speaking, been free to do," she said.
Ms Higgins said it also was a misconception that people who used such apps were unattractive and desperate, and she’d met many good looking, intelligent, professional Brisbanites from all walks of life using Blendr.
Matchmaker Moorea Jamai, from Brisbane dating agency Ideal Introductions, said she was not surprised that Brisbane shone as one of Queensland’s main dating hubs on Blendr’s maps.
"It’s quite funny, people from Brisbane are really quite happy to meet on the Gold Coast, but people from the Gold Coast really want to meet someone from Brisbane."
She said dating agencies hadn’t experienced a big drop in clients as a result of dating apps.