Opinion: Go download that dating app, it's your best shot for Valentine's Day

A little help from your smartphone isn’t going to get you boos and hisses, you might get lucky instead

If there are any single ladies out there looking for a date on 14th February, we're available.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, ask yourselves - why aren’t you using a dating app? Are you scared of being called a loser if you go online to search for a date?

Don’t. Get with the times, dating apps are the way forward to enhance your social life. Why should you be bothered about what your peers say about online dating? It’s perfectly safe and is no different from the dating game in real-life. Heck, it might even be safer than a night out at a pub.

Stop moping around, just do it. We tried it, and we're here to tell you why it works. Well, not all the time.

Image credit: Tinder

You'll get to know your dates before you meet them

Going on a date is like charging into the warfront - you’ll need every date survival skill to live through two hours of social interaction.

Knowing your date’s interest wins half the battle. Have a look at their profile information, likes and even mutual friends. Heaven forbid, you don’t want to end up on a date with a friend’s ex and go through the date in silent awkwardness.

Read more: Get lucky this Valentine’s Day with 6 fail-proof dating apps

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You'll love that magical sense of satisfaction when someone likes you

Putting all thoughts of procreation aside, getting a date is a much needed ego boost. Admit it, you get a kick when you secure a date, or someone decides to take the initiative.

This works both ways for men and women, so don’t go pretending that it doesn't matter when someone swipes your profile to the right. Go on, flash that silly little grin.

Image credit: Meme Generator

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