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Ms Jen Wei Qing, the 35-year-old co-founder of Sup, says: "We're used to everything being on demand so there is no reason why friendships could not be more portable as well.

No surprises then that friendship has become the newest area to go mobile.

Free from the slower response time of traditional community portals such as and the many negative stereotypes that plague dating apps such as Tinder, this new generation of social apps is catered to efficiently connecting like-minded people - no matter one's age, gender or relationship status (although the founders acknowledge that users may go from being platonic friends to romantic partners).

In “Emotional Freedom” I describe empaths as a species unto themselves.

Whereas others may thrive on the togetherness of being a couple, for empaths like me, too much togetherness can be difficult, may cause us to bolt. We tend to intuit and absorb our partner’s energy, and become overloaded, anxious, or exhausted when we don’t have time to decompress in our own space.

In Singapore, there are at least three such apps that have recently launched.

For Ms Jen, the irony of being unable to translate digital connections into real-life interaction spurred her to launch Sup - which she calls "Tinder for social life" - with her Harvard University schoolmate in January this year.

But why it hangs on isn’t always apparent when read by traditional medical eyes.

As a psychiatrist in Los Angeles and in my workshops I’ve been struck by how many sensitive, empathic people who I call “emotional empaths” come to me, lonely, wanting a romantic partner, yet remaining single for years.

Or else, they feel engulfed when coupled, a nerve-wracking, constrictive way to live.

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