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Roberts has more helpful safety tips on her Heartographer website.

Another app that uses your location is Tinder (Apple, free).

But since dating by smartphone is still pretty new (and since I’m happily married), I enlisted the help of Seattle-based online dating consultant Virginia Roberts to evaluate some of these new tools.

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With people living longer and America's active baby boomers reaching retirement age, more and more people are turning to online dating services to find (or replace) Mr. The most popular online dating sites among active older adults are the biggies like and e, which serve millions of people of all ages and thus have the biggest pool of potential mates. In May 2011, operator IAC launched Our, a site dedicated to the 50-plus crowd.

A quick example: Over the past two years, the number of singles older than 50 who joined one of the dating sites run by People Media -- the number one provider of targeted, online dating communities for singles seeking meaningful relationships -- skyrocketed 400 percent.

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“There’s no need to pay for a mobile dating app,” Roberts says.

“Use the free apps so you can get a feel for what meeting people on your smartphone is like.” Most apps start by asking you to create a profile for yourself — basic information, like your age, occupation, likes and dislikes, and usually a photo.

“A self-portrait taken with your phone isn’t the best idea,” she says.

“Fix up your makeup or hair and have a pal take some nice photos of you at a social event with a nice smile.” OK Cupid (Apple, Android, free) is Roberts’ favorite dating app: It’s easy to navigate and use, plus people seem to like the matches its software suggests.

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