He says: "When using an app, you don't know if someone has swiped left on your profile, you find out only about the positive matches.
"I think getting to chat first is a great asset if you're shy about making the first move in real life." Paktor may have impressive user numbers, but Mr Chua Joo Hock, managing director of Vertex Ventures, a global venture capital platform which has invested up to US.5 million (S.1 million) in the dating app, estimates that Singapore is three to five years behind the United States, which is at the forefront of online dating, in terms of online dating social acceptability.
Websites and blogs have sprung up in the wake of Tinder's boom, documenting the unprompted and unwilling advances that women have to deal with.
Others cite the security concerns that come with meeting a stranger off an app.
"Lots of dating apps have a very overwhelming and creepy quality to them, which is why we created an app that curates one daily match for our users - sent at noon daily." The app, which was aunched in April 2012, uses a proprietary algorithm to match users based on factors such as interests, social network and educational and career backgrounds. Though Ms Kang would not reveal Singapore user numbers, she says the app has been rapidly picking up steam here.
Singapore-based app Lunch Click, which is owned by the group behind home-grown match-making agency Lunch Actually, works on a similar premise, sending only one match to users daily. Ms Violet Lim, who is chief executive of Lunch Click, says chatting can often be a "dampener" in the mobile-dating experience.
For the three Korean-American sisters behind the San Francisco- based app Coffee Meets Bagel, the experience of their female users was key.
It is reported to have made one billion matches through its app.New app developers, notably led by women, have kept these issues in mind when creating niche apps that move away from Tinder's cast- your-net-wide style, hook-up- friendly model.Instead, they emphasise security and are more attentive to the needs of female users.So does this mean that the old- fashioned face-to-face pick-up line is dead? For users such as student Mohita Jain, 23, dating apps have their time and place, but after a while, can ironically become work."Looking through an unlimited number of profiles can be really overwhelming and time-consuming," she says, adding that she no longer uses dating apps after trying them for six months.