Location Based Dating Gets Less Scary With SinglesAroundMe

If you’re gonna flirt with technology, make sure you’re safe doing so.

Location-based dating. Spooky, right? It’s a lot like leaving personal information on little sticky notes attached to your coat; any random scary internet guy or gal can pick one off you at any moment and get in your face. Yikes!

SinglesAroundMe aims to solve that problem with a new app, available for free on both the Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

SinglesAroundMe uses geographical mapping to plot your location as well as that of other users in your area, anywhere in the world. The killer feature here is “Approximate Location,” a way in which the app will allow singles to flirt and flag their availability in-app, without revealing their specific location. In fact, you get to choose to keep your location hidden, exact, or approximate, which displaces your actual location by about one to two miles.

“I believe our new privacy controls dramatically change the game and solve the problem that was holding back this new industry,” said Christopher Klotz, CEO of SinglesAroundMe, in an emailed press release. “In today‚Äôs connected world, most members do not seem bothered by revealing their location, however, there is a percentage of members that have requested more control over the privacy of their location information.”

The new release adds this helpful privacy feature to the Android version of the app; the iPhone app should update in the coming weeks with the approximate location ability. The company plans to bring a version of the app to Blackberry soon, as well. Because, well, even Blackberry users deserve to find love in all the approximate locations.