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And the dating app Hinge, which has gone through some changes of its own, wants to help.

For many men (and even some women), “swiping right” has replaced summoning the nerve to approach that lovely stranger across the room. Dating apps have made men lazy about approaching women they don’t know, and it has hurt the chances of finding true, lasting love.

Fact is, many women still prefer men to approach them, in bars and other social settings, just as they did in the old days.

After a decade as a session guitarist in Los Angeles, Buckley amassed a following in the early 1990s by playing cover songs at venues in Manhattan's East Village, such as Sin-é, gradually focusing more on his own material.

After rebuffing much interest from record labels he signed with Columbia, recruited a band, and recorded what would be his only studio album, Grace, in 1994.

And some businesses are looking to facilitate that.