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So does this mean that the old- fashioned face-to-face pick-up line is dead? For users such as student Mohita Jain, 23, dating apps have their time and place, but after a while, can ironically become work."Looking through an unlimited number of profiles can be really overwhelming and time-consuming," she says, adding that she no longer uses dating apps after trying them for six months.He uses Tinder, which is arguably the mother of all dating apps.Set up in 2012, it provides users the option of meeting singles around them.Ms Shn Juay, regional marketing director of Singapore-based dating app, Paktor, says one reason for the boom in dating apps is that "millennials like things to be quick, easy and convenient".She adds: "And for busy working professionals who might not know what they're looking for, it helps to have choices." Paktor - which means dating in Hokkien and Cantonese - works on a model that is similar to Tinder, where users review profiles and swipe left or right to show interest in a potential match.For the three Korean-American sisters behind the San Francisco- based app Coffee Meets Bagel, the experience of their female users was key.
Singapore-based app Lunch Click, which is owned by the group behind home-grown match-making agency Lunch Actually, works on a similar premise, sending only one match to users daily. Ms Violet Lim, who is chief executive of Lunch Click, says chatting can often be a "dampener" in the mobile-dating experience.
Business analyst Matthew Oh, 27, is single and looking for the woman of his dreams.
He has done things the old-fashioned way: asking friends to set him up, asking colleagues out and striking up conversations with strangers in bars.
Instead, users ask each other a series of questions from a pre-set list.
If they feel like they click, they can proceed to propose a time and place to meet, which is also done within the app.
The app is so ubiquitous that "to swipe right" - which is the way you select a profile of a person you like on Tinder - has entered common parlance to generally mean that you approve of something.