SnapChat Needs GPS Activated In Order To Find Other Users

Snapchat has a real issue because of the unfair practice of trying to connect with other users. 

To add a friend you have to ask to open nearby. This will not work because the majority of us do not know who has a Snapchat account. We need to be able to see who is nearby so we can add them. When I do actually activate this option, nothing happens. There is nobody connected.