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He says: "When using an app, you don't know if someone has swiped left on your profile, you find out only about the positive matches.

"I think getting to chat first is a great asset if you're shy about making the first move in real life." Paktor may have impressive user numbers, but Mr Chua Joo Hock, managing director of Vertex Ventures, a global venture capital platform which has invested up to US.5 million (S.1 million) in the dating app, estimates that Singapore is three to five years behind the United States, which is at the forefront of online dating, in terms of online dating social acceptability.

Similarly, Blindfold, though launched in beta only in October, has made more than 30,000 matches.

"Lots of dating apps have a very overwhelming and creepy quality to them, which is why we created an app that curates one daily match for our users - sent at noon daily." The app, which was aunched in April 2012, uses a proprietary algorithm to match users based on factors such as interests, social network and educational and career backgrounds. Though Ms Kang would not reveal Singapore user numbers, she says the app has been rapidly picking up steam here.

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.

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.

Mr Oh, who has gone on more than 10 dates in the past eight months, says: "Sometimes, a conversation on Tinder doesn't go anywhere, but does that really matter when there's always someone else to talk to?

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