Even celebrities have chimed in on the popularity of these apps.
"Today, if you own a smartphone, you're carrying a 24-7 singles bar in your pocket," wrote American actor and comedian Aziz Ansari in an essay for Time Magazine.
"You get notifications about people you've swiped right (liked) getting gifts, and asking if you'd like to buy her a gift as well, this turns it into a competition which is childish," said Ali.
In response, Paktor's spokesperson said "these [features] are all attempts to make the dating process fun and not so 'stuffy'." "The leaderboard [is] actually one of the most popular feature on the application, it's a discovery tool rather than a game," said the spokesperson.
It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.According to Paktor's Phua, his findings show that Asians prefer to first meet fellow users in groups, rather than a more intimate one-on-one date.A feature on Paktor are the group chats based on common interests or careers, which Phua said helps to foster a more comfortable and genuine connection between "like-minded people." The app also has several language settings including Tagalog, Korea, Thai, Japanese, Melayu and Bahasa Indonesia.Phua founded Paktor after he was dumped from an eight-year long relationship, and decided to take matters directly into his own hands.He said that mobile dating benefits users by helping them meet people from a larger network which "increases the chances of connecting with meeting that special someone." "You can also initiate conversation with more people in a shorter period of time [rather than] physically meeting all these people," added Phua."In some ways, I find Paktor a bit kitschy and childish," said Ali in a CNBC interview.