Got a hot date coming up you want to impress? Scrambling for a last minute venue for dinner and drinks? Gentlemen, this is your chance to prove that chivalry isn’t dead; quite the contrary. There’s an app for it. Want to impress your date and learn some lifehacks to streamline your day-to-day? Here are some dating tips from the tech sector that might come in handy the next time you’re wooing the ladies.
1. Get Plugged In
If you live in a city, you’ve probably noticed how increasingly smartphone-centric everything is getting. Knowing local apps and social media makes you more involved in your local community, and hip—knowledge is power. Lifestyle apps like Sōsh or Thrillist that hand pick events and deals out of your personal quiver of interests humbly ask that you make a profile or login through Facebook to better match you with your local friends who might also have good ideas on the community beat.
Want something a little more instant-gratification oriented? Apps like Now pull the location tags from Instagram to let you know what venues and locations are trending in your area, giving you down-to-the-second updates on what’s going on. Clients like Goldstar help you stay on top of this, offering discounts and early RSVP options for people who are in the know, or just looking for new music and art and willing to give it a try.
2. Know your Surroundings
This may sound like a strange one, but knowing where you are and how to get around is becoming easier (and more important than ever). Being on time is something made science by apps like Embark that keep you up-to-date on public transit, or Uber, which lets you seamlessly call different levels of personal transport (from taxi, to towncar, to SUV) to your exact location within five minutes. This is crucial when there’s nary a cab in sight and all the buses have absconded with your last hope of a ride home. For the more outgoing among us, there’s Sidecar, which uses their mobile interface to let you hitch a ride with registered users in your area.
3. Know When to Unplug
Knowing when to put your phone down is still crucial in establishing that human connection. So often these days, people find themselves ignoring their physical surroundings and the people therein; take a moment, put your phone on silent, hide it in the depths of your backpack, and ignore the terrible itch to see who’s sending you drunk pictures on Snapchat for ten minutes to have a face to face conversation. These tips will set you up for an unforgettable experience and bring out the cultured ladykiller within, so when clutch time comes, stay focused on your date, not these apps. Unplug, be present, and you might even see date number two looming on the horizon.