Mobile video dating app Instamour has recently found a surge of single women, and in particular single moms signing up to use the real time video platform.
The rise in single women as well as mothers is due to the fact that personal information is not needed whatsoever to use the application. Joan Camba, a regular user of Instamour who has three children and is a single mom loves the fact that she can control who contacts her on the app. "I've used pretty much every dating app on the market, but I always get harassed by men and I don't feel safe. What drew me to Instamour was the fact that I never have to give away my name or number, but I can still talk to guys on the phone or video chat live. I can stay home on a Friday night, but still have a couple of dates through video chat, and see if I like a guy enough to meet him in person."
It's no secret that single women have been finding it difficult to use online dating sites to find a match. When a female user of a dating app creates a new account, they get flooded with hundreds or even thousands of emails within minutes. Email scams where men ask vulnerable women for money after creating an online friendship is commonplace in the online dating world. One out of 10 sex offenders use online dating to meet other people. Furthermore, with the prevalence of rapes and sexual assault going unreported and the low conviction rate for those accused (1.2%), it's likely that online dating remains very attractive to predators.
Instamour has proven that its platform solves these issues and more by allowing members to remain anonymous, but still communicate using real time methods. Stephanie Wang who is a regular user of the app stated, "I love that I can talk to guys on the phone or instant message with them immediately. Usually I have to email back and forth, and then give out my phone number. I've had to change my phone number quite a few times thanks to guys who were creepy right off the bat. With Instamour, I can screen people and I feel so much safer knowing that my personal information is kept secret."
Instamour is currently raising a seed round of $500,000 with the first $150,000 already secure, partly from the StartFast Venture Accelerator. The funds are being used to further enhance the platform for safety and security. Instamour has also recently released a website version of their mobile app, which is available to use at Instamour.com with limited functionality for now, and more to come in the next few weeks. The app is free to use and is currently available on the iTunes App store, as well as the Google Play marketplace.