Your Smartphone Is Your Wingman: Best Dating Apps

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Single and ready to mingle?

Let your smartphone be your wingman in your dating pursuits. Here are a few apps to help connect you to singles in your area, scope out the perfect date spot, and -- just as a precaution, of course -- give you an excuse to end a date early.

Find other people looking for love in your area with the free SmartDating app. With Facebook and foursquare integration, you can check out other members and also see who's checking you out. If you like what you see, chat with them through the private messaging system or exchange emails.

If you feel a connection, plan to meet up in your area with the help of the geo-targeted local spot finder. The app filters through nearby singles by common interests and by what you are looking for in a partner. With SmartDating, you will be on the road to romance in no time.

Click here to download SmartDating.

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Because you should be picky while choosing a mate, there’s also an app that helps you pick the perfect date spot. Picksie discovers restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other locations for you based on your likes and dislikes.

With Picksie, you can stress less when planning a date—just create a profile and enter your preferences. The personalized app will point you in the right direction. GPS technology will also choose a spot based on the weather and time of day—so you won’t have to take a rain check.

Click here to download Picksie.

Blind date gone wrong? No spark? Boring? Guy looks nothing like his profile picture?

It’s inevitable that some dates don’t always go as planned, but don’t worry, there's a way out. DateEscape is a fake call and message application that helps you excuse yourself from any awkward situation. That means no more planning phone calls from your best friend ("I need you to help me out, ASAP!").

Now you can handle it all on your own and create customized messages veiled with fake caller names. For example, with one click you can send yourself a message disguised as your roommate saying that you need to come home right away -- the apartment is on fire! But you can come up with a better excuse than that …

Click here to download DateEscape.

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