Flirting Tips for the Tongue-Tied, or the Simply Shy
By BOB TEDESCHI
Published: February 8, 2012
Some people are born flirts. For everyone else, a pocket-size Cyrano de Bergerac awaits.
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With Valentine’s Day approaching, more apps to help singles flirt their way to romantic attachment are popping up on mobile devices.
The Web abounds with matchmaking sites like Match.com, eHarmony, Jazzed and Grindr, and all those services have apps for people who want to arrange dates remotely.
But flirting apps are different. Some are meant to solve the so-called last yard problem, in which a prospective flirter might lose the nerve to say hello, while other apps help people engage more with people they’ve already met.
IFlirt4U ($1 on Apple) is for the first-time encounter. It’s for across-the-room flirtations, presumably in dark and loud nightclubs. The app displays short, flirty phrases on the screen, one word at a time, in extra-large white type against a black background.