Loopt Mix - Chat!

Common Sense Media says

User-moderated dating app makes it easy to meet strangers.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This app should prove intuitive for most people. Creating an account, tapping out messages, and posting pictures mimic similar processes found in countless other apps.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The main purpose of this app is to connect people looking for dates. Users can post photos and status updates about themselves. Loopt warns people not to post racy content under threat of account banishment, but it’s a difficult policy to enforce, especially since some users are likely going in search of just that sort of content and are hence unlikely to report it.

Language

Users can post public status updates and chat with one another. The language they use is up to them.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Users are identified by first names and many use real photos of themselves on profiles.

This app can create personal safety issues since users can tell how far away they are from other users, but not exact
locations. However, exact location can easily be revealed via status
updates, photos, and live chats.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Loopt Mix - Chat! is essentially a user-organized and moderated dating service. Users create free profiles indicating age, gender, and sexual preference, then proceed to post status updates and pictures of themselves. The app indicates how far away other users are and allows people to make contact via live chats to facilitate meet-ups. This is clearly a service intended for adults, though some older teens appear to be using the service.

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LOOPT MIX - CHAT! is a fairly straightforward user-moderated dating app with a layer of social networking features. Users indicate their age and gender, upload photos of themselves and status updates, then begin looking through other users’ profiles based on sexual preference. The first results that pop up are users currently closest to you, often well under a mile. Exact locations are unspecified, but easy enough to find out by striking up chat within the app. Profiles with pictures of more attractive people tend to have more "fans," which encourages exhibitionism. Based on the profiles viewed while testing, this app is used primarily by people in their late teens and early twenties, and they generally seem to be legitimately interested in setting up romantic encounters with other users. This app is definitely not for kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 19, 2010
Category:Social Networking
Publisher:Loopt, Inc.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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