Repurposed by Gregory Neo, Melissa Yow, Ong Hui Ying and Wayne Sing
Founded by French entrepreneur Didier Rappaport,
As you come across other Happn users in real life, the profiles of those who meet your gender and age preferences turn up on your timeline. You also get to see how often you run into other users, and the general location of your last encounter. To indicate your interest, you can like the other person’s profile. If you both liked each other, it’s a “Crush” and you can now chat!
Released in 2014, Happn boasts approximately 6.5 million monthly active users worldwide, according to DatingSitesReviews.com. While it seems lesser-known in Singapore compared to other dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Coffee Meets Bagel, it actually has a sizeable number of users here.
To gauge its popularity in Singapore, I set my preferences to see and be seen by both genders, aged 18 to above 70. Within 2 weeks, I accumulated more than 1,000 profiles on my timeline!
What sets Happn apart from other dating apps is its element of spontaneity – users can set their status to “Available” and indicate that they’re available for an impromptu activity. Other users who come across these profiles right there and then can initiate a meet up if they’re also up for it.
I was using Happn for the first time; so was W.
On a night out with friends, I decided to try being “Available”. To my surprise, I got a match rather quickly.
W wasted no time in asking, “Where would you like to grab a bite?”
We hadn’t even exchanged names; all I knew about him was his name and that he’s 22. We went about deciding on a place to meet anyway. But when I saw him, my heart sank. He wasn’t as cute as I thought he’d be, from his pictures.
Keeping in mind my Psychology Studies lecturer
During the course of our date, I’d asked if he’d tried any other dating app before Happn – he said no. Yet, while showing me a video on his phone, a Tinder notification popped up: Eliza sent you a new message.
I found it hard to feel invested in the date from then on. But I also didn’t dare to end the date abruptly so I waited for him to call it a night. I tried not to seem too eager when he finally asked if I wanted to head home.
He footed the bill and we left for the nearest taxi stand. Like a gentleman, he insisted on waiting till I got a taxi before he would call for one.
He also reached for a parting embrace – twice – before we finally went our separate ways.
Considering this was my first spontaneous date, it was rather pleasant. I was nervous, of course – but not once did I feel unsafe. That said, I don’t think a second date is on the table.
As for whether it’s possible to find love via dating apps, here’s what Dr Tang thinks: “You just need to be careful about what you’re looking for, and what you put out there. But sure, why not? They’re just digital matchmakers, right?”
Finding The One may be tough, but Happn might help. Because you’ll literally come across people who share similar interests or lifestyles with you, forming connections will be that much easier! It’s perfect for those who are too busy to go out of their way to meet someone new.
Should you decide to try it out, online dating coach
“I don’t believe in wasting time by sending ‘Hi’ and then talking forever, virtually – but never meeting. It’ll never turn into something more. Meeting face-to-face is always better.” Words to live by – courtesy of my date, W.