I’m told happn attracts a classier kind of lonely heart so I head to Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street where the beautiful ones buy their coconut juice.
With i Phone in hand I flick my finger down the list of female photos to see who’s within the 250m radius covered by the app.
“Ten years ago we might have been ashamed about dating apps and websites,” says Nadia Bensalah, a 34-year-old advertising executive.
“But now, if you’re not on them, you’re probably out of the game.” So what happens when two people – myself and a friend, James Innes – decide to test out France’s hip new app? Will we find that much desired coup de foudre or will we be wallflowers in our own town?
There’s Kyle, 26, a computer expert, Kenneth, 37, a chauffeur, and Spiros, 41, a bar manager surely born to mix me margaritas.
They’re quick and easy, especially if you have a tech-savvy neighbour like I do. “Is there any reason for making the pond even smaller?If you fancy the person, you click on a small red heart (known as a Like).If the feeling’s mutual the app announces “It’s a crush” and you can start messaging each other.It has come not out of Silicon Valley, or London’s fast-growing equivalent (the so-called “Silicon Roundabout” on Old Street) but out of Paris.Since its launch in France five months ago, happn claims to have garnered 150,000 users.And within five weeks of launching in the UK, 25,000 people have signed up. In the old days online dating was an arduous business that involved writing long profiles and filling in elaborate questionnaires.