A new flirting app gives singles the chance to rediscover the fun of flirting.
In this info-burdened time when reading online dating profiles is almost as cumbersome as reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace, a delightful part of romance is being lost in the world of digital wooing: Flirting.
Yes, the fine art of flirting is often forgotten as connections happen with the savoir-faire of a job interview. Remember Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, the flutter of a fan and her long, dark lashes? The idea of flirting as the point, rather than the means to an end, seems at odds with modern day life where it’s all about achieving the goal, rather than enjoying the game.
OK, but you’ve gone so digital that you prefer to keep your frolicsome flirtations online? No problem. There’s a flirting game you can play with a mobile service called Flirtomatic. It claims to provide a fun way to unlock or develop your flirting skills with a worldwide network of 2 million users.
The PG-rated Flirtomatic works on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint PCS or Virgin mobile devices. Users can encounter similarly flirty individuals, interact with them within seconds with clever banter or by sending virtual gifts, and in the process hone their flirting skills.
The simple benefits of flirting, from building self-confidence to sharpening interpersonal skills, are undeniable. Anthony, a 33-year-old bartender from Orange County, says he found that on emerging from a bad relationship, it was a good ego boost. “It’s easy to talk to people on there,” Anthony says. “People flirt with you and that’s what it’s for. There really isn’t a difference between flirting on Flirtomatic and flirting offline.”
Although Flirtomatic users have gone on to connect in real life with others they’ve met online, many prefer limiting interaction to the simple, playful exchanges that are made on the convenience of their mobile device. Finding romance has its merits, but a little flirtation, in and of itself, goes a long way.