If Grouvly is the Asian answer to Grouply, then Paktor is the Asian answer to Tinder.The Singapore-based company - paktor is Hokkien for going on a date - has added a few features that distinguish the app from its most obvious competitor: you can apply filters for height, job and education etc. The company that runs Paktor also has a bespoke dating service called Gai Gai, with a focus on Southeast Asia, so you can get right to a match.A recent study reports that more than 90 million people use dating apps and the tell-tale swiping of someone lost in Tinder is as common on the MTR today as the incessant tapping of Angry Birds fanatics was a few years ago.
One crucial clue to future compatibility is the kind of music you listen to, and Tastebuds takes this concept and runs with it, letting users set up profiles based on their taste in music and then find people with similar preferences.
Verdict: while often referred to as a dating app, Tastebuds advertises itself as a way to meet new people in general, both friends and romantic interests, and this can be frustrating for people on a mission for love.
Its San Francisco-based co-founder Dawoon Kang, who lived and dated in Hong Kong until a few years ago before returning to the US, said: “Hong Kong was the first market we targeted outside the US, with close to two million singles; that was a huge draw for us.” Inside the murky world of Hong Kong’s compensated dating scene It found that Hong Kong millennials were among the most avid users – a testament both to the high density of singles in the city and the lack of time they have to find love.
Kang attributed the app’s popularity to hook-up culture fatigue in a city where young, career-driven professionals struggle to find time to date.
Instead of matching people one by one, it puts two groups of three in touch for a group date.