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avoiding loneliness with your smart phone

Out there on your lonesome, well, these days it’s not so isolating. At least when you have bandwidth for your smartphone. Here’s a few thoughts . . .

The advent and expansion of social networking has made it so we’re never truly alone, and many of us carry our conversations with friends and family everywhere we go with our mobile phones. Thanks to the wonders of mobile internet, we’re always connected with the people who matter the most to us, and we can continue to update them with information on our trip by posting photos to Instagram and posting status updates on Facebook.

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Our phones have done a great deal to help deal with the loneliness of long-term travel, especially when it comes to keeping us entertained. Gaming Realms, operators of Spin Genie, have said that social gaming, where the Company’s activities are focused, is currently worth approximately US$1.7 billion and is expected to grow to c.US$4 billion by 2015. Still, though, as we travel long ways from home, we begin to yearn for some face-to-face interaction.

An app by FedEE presents a solution: a Tinder-like app made for travellers and businessmen. Tinder, as many are aware, is a dating app that gives users a selection of other users located in close proximity to them. Users swipe left until they find a person they’re interested in, at which point, they swipe right to “Like” them. If the person also swipes right at the user’s profile, they’re “Matched” and can start talking and making plans. Unlike Tinder, FedEE’s app, called “butN” is geared more towards finding business partners than anything else. Users are given a list of potential business partners in the area and can then set up meetings and lunches based on their interests, if they “match” on goals, of course.

It’s not the first time that this has been attempted, as another developer has created an app that allows hotel guests to get in touch with one another has been developed by HelloTel. Users check into a hotel and connect their Facebook profiles, and then they can start looking for travel companions and people to discover the locale with. It’s an easy way to make friends in a new place when you’re far away from home.

Of course, the problem with apps like these is that they rely heavily on an internet connection, and when you’re on the road, you often don’t have access to stable WiFi. If you’re not careful, it could run up your data usage, but it’s a great way to meet like-minded individuals.