"Rela has always been with you and please await its return!

" it added, but gave no details of why it was suspending service.

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Among the most popular apps, both for Chinese and foreign singles, are Tantan, Momo and Skouts.

Sun Yang, a public relations director from Momo, told Metropolitan that they have seen more expats using their dating app over the past few years, though they didn't have any statistics detailing their number of foreign users.

He praised the date for an unquestionably rare quality—the guy was capable of carrying on a conversation without mentioning sex and he didn’t check his phone the entire time! While you are alone, with friends, or at work, the buzz of Grindr’s notification always gets your attention.

This made me think: Since when did being present on a date, without obsessing over sex or your phone, became something so rare that you felt blessed? You might be able to ignore it for ten minutes, but after being hunted by that imaginary hot stranger behind the buzz, eventually you’ll have to end the torment by sneaking a peak at all those private pics awaiting.

Note: For those who recognize the app icon for QQ — yes, it's a regular chat app, but it has a long history of hooking people up by sending virtual "drifting bottles" to random users and letting people connect with nearby users.

More expats in China are using dating apps to diversify their social circles and romantic options.But users began noticing last week that the app, along with its Twitter-like Weibo account and website, was no longer accessible, according to users posting on Weibo under the hashtags #rela and #relahasbeenblocked.The service was temporarily suspended due to an "important adjustment in service," Rela told users on its We Chat app account.Another dating app, Tantan, didn't reply to Metropolitan's calls as of press date, but according to Metropolitan's count, it contains around one expat user for every 10 Chinese users in expat-heavy neighborhoods like Guomao and Sanlitun.My friend Y just finished his first date with this guy and described him as “a wonderful, smart and poised gentleman”. Carson recently appeared on Bravo’s , explaining: “Your phone is an addiction machine.” Gay dating apps, he explained, are the worst offenders – they work like slot machines and everyone could be addicted."This is discrimination against us lesbians," wrote one user on Weibo.