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Around one in four relationships start online now, and among the millennial generation, the number is likely to be even higher.
But as our smartphones become increasingly powerful, fewer of us are dating from behind our desktops, rather turning to the digital devices in our pockets.
The stigma that was once attached to online dating has well and truly disappeared – in fact, you’re more likely to raise eyebrows if you’re single and not on any dating apps.
Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. If you wear glasses or are into people who do, try Spex, for example. Have a particular passion for men with beards? Bristlr could be the one for you.
For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks. But whether you’re after a meaningful relationship or just some casual dates, there’s an almost overwhelming number of dating apps from which to choose nowadays.
We set ourselves the challenge of trying as many as we could over the course of six weeks. We have been on many dates and our phone has been pinging with notifications non-stop (trying to keep conversations going with lots of different men is actually quite the commitment – some dating apps are high-maintenance.)
All the apps allow you to search for men, women or both, with all of them available on iOS devices, most on Android and some for Windows Phone, too.
Possibly the best-known dating app of them all, Tinder is most people’s first port-of-call when entering the world of dating apps. It’s super quick to join – you simply upload some photos and an optional bio, set your age and distance preferences, and away you go, swiping left or right on potential suitors. As one of the most popular apps, your pool is likely to be huge and people do actually have conversations on Tinder – in our experience, it’s the app that leads to the most actual dates too. However there are also plenty of people using Tinder just for hook-ups. You can pay money for premium features including Tinder Passport (the ability to swipe through matches elsewhere in the world, say, before a trip) and Rewind, for those times when you swipe left too hastily and immediately regret it.
Bumble is much like Tinder but with one key difference: only women can start the conversations after a match is made. The idea behind it is to save women from receiving leering advances or cringey chat-up lines from men, and it also takes the pressure off guys to start conversations. There’s a twist though: after you match, you only have 24 hours to start the conversation, otherwise he’ll disappear forever. Similarly, your match only has 24 hours to reply – if he does though, the time limit disappears for future messages. The trouble with this is that sometimes you just don’t have time to go on Bumble for over 24 hours, thus potentially missing out on your soul mate.
Happn shows you singles with whom you’ve crossed paths. You create your profile through Facebook and can also link your Instagram and Spotify accounts if you like, set your preferences, then scroll down through your options. The people you’ve crossed paths with most recently will be at the top, meaning if you go on during your lunch-break you’ll inevitably happen upon your colleagues. The app also tells you how many times you’ve crossed paths with each person, meaning you quickly learn who your neighbours are (we have in the past recognised a man in my street and been unable to place him before realising we’d seen him on Bumble and we’d crossed paths 167 times). Unfortunately there’s no way of searching by time or location so if you don’t go on the app straight away you may never be able to find that cute girl from Pret – in a big city you cross paths with so many people every day, so Happn can be a bit overwhelming.
4. Match: Free app but membership costs £29.99 for one month
Match feels like a step-up from the more casual dating apps in that the sign-up process takes a while and membership isn’t free – £29.99 for one month seems expensive, but the price per month decreases significantly if you sign up for longer (if you sign up for six months, it equates to £12.99 a month). Perhaps because they’re paying, people on the app definitely treat it more seriously. We noticed both a different type of person and questions on Match compared to the likes of Tinder and Bumble. This is an app for people really looking for relationships. The app is easy to use but we personally found the number of messages, winks, views and favourites we received overwhelming.
The idea behind Once is to move away from today’s dating app culture and back towards traditional match-making – after a computer does the initial whittling down, real human match-makers pick a personalised match for each user every day. It’s meant to save time and free singles from hours of swiping (although to be fair that it half the fun for many of us), hence the name Once. Despite this, every day at noon, our phone pings with a message saying “Wow! You got 4 matches today!” Every day. Extra dedicated users can spend money and even exchange messages with a match-maker too. Despite supposedly learning our tastes, we didn’t find our matches particularly great and because you get so few a day, it can be a rather long journey to finding someone you actually want to talk to, let alone go out with.
Hinge has a slick design and is meant to be for people who are over games and being treated like a “playing card”. You’re asked to put in lots of details (including your height, which is rare) in order to create your “story” – for example, what you’re watching, what you spend most of your money on or how you’d describe yourself in three emoji. You can then “like” different aspects of someone’s story, be that a picture or one of their answers – you only get a handful of likes a day though. It made a nice change to have lots of information about people including little quirky details. The app claims to learn your tastes too, although it seems rare to start conversations. It’s only available on iOS so far, but is coming to Android soon.
Like most apps, signing in with Facebook makes it very easy and quick to set up a profile. The unique thing about Huggle is that you pick (initially five of) your favourite places – be they shops, restaurants or parks – and then find people who go there too. It’s all about location, but you can’t add more places to your list until you’ve visited them. However, if your potential suitors have previously checked-in on Facebook to the same places as you, that will appear on their profiles. With Huggle, there’s just as much focus on finding friends as dates, but whether anyone actually uses it for friendship, we’re not sure. When signing up, you have to verify your profile in one of various ways, for example by sending a selfie mimicking a certain pose, which hopefully limits scammers too.
It’s the biggest player on the dating app scene for a reason, and purely for likelihood of actually going out on dates, Tinder has to be the winner. It’s easy to use, people actually have conversations and considering so many of us are on it, the chances of finding someone you like are actually pretty high.
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No one ever said that finding the perfect mate was easy, but the mobile Internet has put almost every single person in your vicinity at your fingertips. Even a few years ago, Internet dating meant tethering yourself to your computer. Thanks to mobile devices and location-sensing apps, however, the whole world has become your playground for dates, hookups and long-term relationships. Check out our top dating, hook-up and meet-up apps that will help you find the Right One. or the Right Now. (Image Credit: Bbenard/Shutterstock)
OkCupid (Android, iOS) features a massive userbase and straightforward dating tools. But rather than rest on their laurels, OKC keeps refining and adding on features to its apps, such as a new system of "Flavors" that allows users to quickly view evocative flavors of potential matches, such as Kinky Nerds, Beard Lovers, World Travelers, etc. All this is in addition to OkCupid's messaging tools, personality quizzes, Instagram integration and other old favorites. A premium subscription adds other features, such as refined search tools and the ability to see users who have liked you.
Tinder (Android, iOS) blazed the trail, set by Grindr, toward a world of swipe and scroll dating apps. On its face Tinder encourages you to make shallow, snap judgments about potential partners. You create a simple profile with a handful of photos and a few sentences about yourself, then throw yourself at the Internet's mercy. The app displays singles in your area. If you like one, swipe the photo to the right; otherwise, swipe to the left. If you both swipe right, you can send messages and set something up. New features include GIF messaging, uploading profile photos from your phone and the ability to 'like' chat messages.
Refusing to follow the trail blazed byswipe-driven apps like Tinder, dating app Hinge decided to do a major redesign in its app philosophy and design, relaunching on iOS with an experience that's intended to be less about games and more about relationships and interesting conversations. Taking a page from the likes of Match, Hinge's new iteration dumps swipes for a more detailed profile that you fill in with pictures and stories. Users can then choose to like and comment on something in that profile, and that serves as a mutual conversation starter. Each day, you can check out new recommendations, as well as see people who have liked something in your profile. Is the new premium Hinge a way out of the dating apocalypse?
Aiming for quality over quantity, Coffee Meets Bagel (Android, iOS) brings you a single "bagel" every day: a curated match that shares mutual Facebook friends. You then have 24 hours to decide whether to like or to pass, with the app learning from your preferences. If you both express interest, CMB then brings you together in a private chatroom where you can get to know each other or plan a date. There's also an option to set up other features, such as the ability to view your mutual friends, can be unlocked by purchasing a virtual currency called "beans".
While originally designed to be more about meeting new people near you and playing social online games, MeetMe (Android, iOS) has morphed into something of a dating and matchmaking community, with people using the app to find others with similar interests. MeetMe is free to join and comes with a wealth of discovery features, games and activities in the web and mobile versions. Participating in the community earns you "Lunch Money" that you can use to spruce up your account, and premium MeetMe credits can be used to boost your profile visibility in the Meet queue and other discovery features to help you meet and chat with other users.
Grindr (Android, iOS) allows gay and bisexual men to meet up with like-minded men nearby. Profile creation is a fairly minimal experience, focusing on a profile pic, user name, and a few simple questions, and choosing a "Tribe" that describes your type, and then you're up finding other users and chatting them up in minutes. Grindr is free to use and advertisement-supported, but the premium version, Grindr Xtra, offers ad-free browsing in addition to other features like adding multiple Tribes and advanced search filters. One notable downside? Unlike other dating apps, push notifications for messages require Grindr Xtra.
Match.com offers its users a freemium dating experience on Android and iOS. Free users can set up online profiles, upload a few pictures of themselves and then engage in some online flirting with "winks", and have new matches delivered to them daily. More comprehensive features such as the ability to see who has checked out your profile and liked your pictures can be unlocked by a Match.com subscription. Match has continued to add on to its features, such as a Tinder-like Mixer, Android Wear and Apple Watch integration.
John Corpuz flip-flopped between computer science and creative writing courses in school. As a contributor to Tom's Guide he's found a happy middle ground writing about apps, mobile gaming and other geekery.
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America is more addicted to dating apps than ever.
New research from the Pew Research CenterВ showsВ that in the past twoВ years, the percentageВ of US adults who had used a dating appВ tripled. But that doesn't mean all dating apps are created equal.
App analytics company Applause recently completed a study of 97 dating apps to see which ones were meeting user expectations. To qualify, an app had to have more than 2,000 reviews across the App Store and the Google Play store.
Applause found that, in general, the most popular US dating apps trailed other apps in quality by 23 points (out of 100). That's a big difference, and perhaps indicates that people take out their dating woes on the apps they use.
But regardless, there were stark differences between popular apps like Tinder, OkCupid, Bumble, and Hinge. We haveВ previously reviewed the major dating apps from both a woman's and man's perspective, but we were surprised which apps didВ the best in an analysis of user reviews. In particular, Hinge, one of our favorites, did not fare well.
Here is America's ranking of 11 popular dating apps, as measured by Applause:
Hinge's innovation was that it only matched you with your extended social network вЂ” friends of friends. The app presents you with around a dozen matches a day for you to swipe yes/no on.
Grindr's mission was to help gay guys meet up, quickly, wherever they were. It quickly became a smash hit, and recently sold a majority stake to a Chinese gaming company.
Zoosk recently had to lay off a third of its staffВ after being crushed in the market by apps like Tinder. It has features like photo verification, which lets you confirm that your photos are actually you.
Match was one of the original online matchmaking services, and bills itself as having made the most dates, relationships, and marriages. It is definitely for a crowd that is more serious about finding a lasting partner.
Lulu isn't a traditional dating app, but rather, a girls-only app that lets women rate men anonymously.В The men, who are all guys the women know via Facebook , are rated on a scale of one to ten. Their profiles are automatically pulled in when the women they know access Lulu .
Down is an app that just, basically, shows you who wants to "get down" with you. It's more explicitly focused on just hooking up than most dating apps, though it has the option to "get date" or "get down."
Tinder was the app that set off the dating app craze. Its iconic interface lets you swipe yes/no on a series of potential dates. New updates have rolled out features like the "Super Like" and have put things like your job and education on the front of your profile.
Bumble works like Tinder, you swipe yes/no on a series of matches. But its innovation is that women have to be the ones to message first. This is meant to prevent them from being bombarded with gross messages from guys.
Coffee Meets Bagel shows you only a few matches per day, and aims at a more measured experience. No frenetic swiping or "game" features, just a few quality matches per day.
Download Coffee Meets Bagel (iOS, Android)
Happn is the hopeless romantic among dating apps, though the concept can sound a little creepy at first.В When you open it on your phone,В you're greeted by a collection of other users with whom you've physically crossed paths with throughout your day.
OkCupid uses a comprehensive profile and a series of questions to determine what "percentage" you'll match with someone. But on its app, the interface functions much like Tinder, letting you swipe yes/no to people around you.
Additional reportingВ by Steven Tweedie and Maya Kosoff.
It seems like every day there's a new form of online dating. No matter what type of relationship you're looking for — from the forever kind to the friends-with-benefits kind — there's an app for that! I've been hearing my girlfriends discuss their wins and losses with a variety of online-dating phone apps, so I'm breaking down the newest means of tech-based courtship.
— Additional reporting by Ashley Paige
From the minds of previous Tinder executives comes Bumble, an iOS app that lets women run the show. Like Tinder, Bumble lets users swipe right to approve and left to decline. If two users mutually swipe each other right, they are allowed to chat, but here's the kicker: Only women can initiate the conversation, and they only have 24 hours to do so before the connection disappears.
Tastebuds puts a spin on your run-of-the-mill online dating app by making the experience about music. You're matched up with people in your location based on a shared interest in the same kind of music! The app allows you to add your favorite bands or scan your iPhone music library to begin and go from there. According to the site, a lot of people use it to make new friends and concert buddies as well as to find dates.
Score works to pair up users with real emotional compatibility based on matching scores. The scores given depend on answers to "quirky" questions, such as the definition of sexy. If you're looking for something unconventional and a little wacky, try Score for yourself — it's available on both iOS and Android.
This one claims to be "the app to discover the people you’ve crossed paths with, the people you like, [and] the people you’d like to find again." How does Happn work? Every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile shows up on your timeline. When you've both liked each other, you have a Crush, which lets you begin a conversation. Bonus: Happn integrated music to its platform to allow users to add songs onto their profiles and send songs to their Crushes!
Have you always wanted to be able to see your potential date IRL before actually going out? Say no more: Fliqpic is close enough, allowing you to live video chat potential love interests before deciding to pursue them any further. It's pretty safe to assume that catfishing is minimal on this app — we're all about that!
Ever feel completely overwhelmed by all the matches or messages you get on dating apps? Sometimes there are so many, you don't even know where to start! Once, available on Google Play and Apple, solves that problem by providing you with just one match per day. You have 24 hours to decide if you like each other, and then you can go from there. It's a nice break from all the faces being thrown at you.
If you read about your zodiac sign day in and day out, you have to check out Align — available on iOS — in which the connection between romantic compatibility and astrology is explored. Meet the person of your dreams, who may just depend on the alignment of the stars!
Coffee Meets Bagel uses Facebook to match you with a friend of a friend. It uses a game-like interface to make the experience fun, and it sounds a lot safer to date at least a friend of a friend than a total stranger, right? The site boasts that it's "designed for singles who want to find something real with little or no effort."
Coining itself as the "Uber for Dates," PURE is all about immediacy, stating that it aims to "cut to the chase" — "it’s all about real dates right now, and making real-life connections." The app is free initially, but you have to pay for continued use. This is basically how it works: you post a meeting request that lasts for one hour and, if somebody takes you up on your offer, you are able to then accept or decline, depending on whether you like what you see or not.
If you're a marijuana enthusiast and are searching for a partner to join you in your escapades, look no further — HighThere! is designed for you. With recently added video technology, you can literally say "High/hi there!" on your profile to showcase your interests and personality. No catfishing cannabis users on this app.
Clover claims to be a mix of Tinder, Match, OKCupid, Zoosk, Plenty of Fish, and more. You can set up real-life dates, view fullscreen photos, use powerful filters, and organize potential interests. Plus, with the Mixers feature, you can meet people with similar interests via topic-based group chat, which is essentially a mashup of Meetup and Reddit. Sounds appealing!
Our verdict on the phone apps that want you to get lucky
Whether you love or loathe Tinder, there is no denying it has changed online dating forever.
As a result there is now no end of apps with the same aim of helping you fall in love (or at the very least get lucky).
Here, we take the biggest alternatives to Tinder and give them a spin to find out what (if anything) they do different.
The USP: Gives you the chance to tell your friends (rather than strangers) that you want to sleep with them.
Pros: There is a strange thrill in being able to 'swipe' that acquaintance you've always fancied, asking them for a date (up) or telling them you want to sleep with them (down). Until you realise how pathetic it is.
Cons: It pulls in every single woman who happens to be your friend on Facebook, even if they haven't joined Down yet (your cowardly come on will be waiting for them if they ever do), making it rather pointless.
Verdict: The more you think about it, the less sense Down makes. Isn't the whole point of internet dating that you can meet someone new? This hook up app for friends (and friends of friends) is the equivalent of passing 'I Like You' notes in class.
The USP: Hook up with the people you walk past on the street.
Pros: Once you get over the slight stalker complex Happn instils on you by showing women who walked past your front door an hour ago, matching with users within a 250 meter radius is actually quite handy. Chances are you live or work in the same area, so arranging a date becomes a lot simpler.
Cons: If the date goes horribly, there are no assurances you won't bump into her when you're buying milk a few days later. Also, spend too much time on it and you start getting paranoid you're seeing 'someone you liked on Happn' every time you sit in your local cafe.
Verdict: One of the most effective – and convenient – dating apps out there. Until it isn't.
The USP: Match with your pal's pals (on Facebook).
Pros: The brashness. If you actively pursue a date on Hinge, discretion mustn't be an issue – your friends are bound to find out. This means having a handy mutual connection to discuss / slag off when you meet up for drinks.
Cons: It's all a little too close to home: what's to stop her feeding your dating tekkers back to your pal? It could make future beers with your mates a little awkward.
Verdict: This app allows you to eliminate the middleman. If you lack inhibition, Hinge could throw the door wide open.
The USP: Endless personality quiz questions that give you a match percentage with would-be partners.
Pros: You can weed out people with traits or points of view you find simply unacceptable. Racists, bigots and Mumford & Sons fans, then.
Cons: Too many basic functions are restricted to paid membership.
Verdict: Worth a shot, if only to kill time answering bizarre questions about yourself.
The USP: Based around suggesting dates, rather than banging on about yourself.
Pros: Beautifully designed.
Cons: Not many people use it. Yet.
Verdict: One for grown ups. If dating apps have an 'atmosphere', then How About We is a pleasant summer garden party where people enjoy polite conversation and no one makes an inappropriate lunge on anyone else until at least 1 am.
The USP: It's a huge ocean, with more members than any of the others (around 70 million).
Pros: Unlike most of the other apps, doing the basics on POF – looking at profiles, sending and reading messages – is absolutely free.
Cons: A high number of sexually frustrated virgin-trolls means a lot of women find using it a harrowing experience, which understandably makes them cagey when you come along. It's disheartening how many women have to resort to 'please no sex pests' appendixs on their profile information.
Verdict: Easy to navigate, simple and free to use, void of distracting gimmicks. And unlike Tinder, users tend to write a bit about themselves, meaning you have more to go on (and sell yourself with) than just your 5 least-worst selfies.
The USP: It really works. If you happen to be gay, bisexual or curious.
Pros: Easy and efficient to use, you can find a hookup within minutes.
Cons: It is notoriously 'glitchy', with messages disappearing and some functions not working properly.
Verdict: The app that started it all, Grindr has been helping men who like men improve their sex lives since 2009. Whether they are honest about it or not, every heterosexual internet dating app out there aspires to be the 'Grindr for straight people'. Has is happened yet? Not even close.
The USP: Members are vetted, and they also run IRL singles events.
Pros: The screening process ensures out-and-out perverts are banished, which means everyone wins (except the perverts). The fun and well organised events means membership feels a bit more like a club, and less like pin-balling around a vast galaxy of random singletons.
Cons: After sending someone a message, you're notified when they're checking your profile, which means you can actually see yourself being rejected in real time. But hey, that's life.
Verdict: Pulling together the best elements of other older dating apps, Inner Circle is the best all-rounder out there with the highest quantity of people you'd actually like to meet. £5 a week for the advanced user options is just too much, though.
The USP: Like Tinder, except once you match, only the ladies can make the first move and say hello.
Pros: It means women have an extra barrier against the 'hey hun wanna fuk??' brigade, which is good for all concerned. It also means if she's got in touch with you, you definitely weren't an 'accidental swipe', meaning you'll be leaving less of those unanswered hellos that slowly chip away at your soul.
Cons: None, really. Though one minor gripe is that Bumble's algorithm clearly pulls ten of the highest rated profiles to the top of your feed every time you log in. Parading the hottest – and least obtainable – women in front of your face every time you log in feels a little bit manipulating / cynical.
Verdict: A dating app where women need not fear to tread, where the sting of rejection is largely removed for you. Win-win.
The USP: Pulls together facts, tweets and other information to get a full picture of a prospective partner.
Pros: Less shallow than just swiping from a picture.
Cons: Tweets are still not a totally accurate picture of someone.
Verdict: A well-intended app that tries to convey your personality rather than just transferring your Instagram feed but the pressure to think up facts can be overwhelming. They've just launched a premium service for people with the hallowed blue tick on Twitter. You can imagine the grounded people that lurk on there.
The USP: Connect with verified millionaires
Pros: The site boasts a large portfolio of high earners and offers 24/7 customer service for their members.
Cons: Sadly, you also need to be a millionaire. People tend to upload shots of their huge houses.
Verdict: Aside the obviously Dickensian classism all over the site, it also has an understandably odd mixture of trust fund brats and retired divorcees. Luxy does however offer high security to protect your privacy and weeds out people looking for a sugar daddy or mumma.
The USP: Fall in love with someone who shares your music taste
Pros: A nice way to connect with people on something you're passionate about or it can be used to find friends to visit gigs with.
Cons: Just because you both like Kings of Leon doesn't really mean you're made for each other.
Verdict: A nice concept and considering music is a personal passion that connect a lot of people, Tastebuds actually has more of a USP than most niche interest apps. However the same warnings apply, you may be looking for your dream girl who loves Ok Computer but end up with a page of middle-aged Radiohead loving blokes like yourself.
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Editor’s Note: These 5 apps were Chloe’s choices in 2015 when this article was first featured, as a follow-up to her 2013 review. Over the last two years, we’ve seen a few new additions, most notably Find Femmes and Compatible Partners. So If you’ve tried either of those, leave your experience in the comments! Is it time for a 2017 dating app review?
HER is a fresh, ultra flexible app aimed exclusively at lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer women. HER’s modern hybrid of dating and social networking is a refreshing break from the pressure to hook-up or fuck off that embodies some competitors. Setting up my HER profile took less than five minutes; I just signed in with Facebook, selected a couple pictures from my various social media feeds and filled out my stats. I like that Facebook is required to sign up for HER because it helps keep out pathetic men who get off by pretending to be lesbians on the internet. Your profile on HER can be as simple or as in-depth as you want it to be: just add a textbox like you would a picture and write away. While this freedom is endearing, a few simple prompts a la OkCupid might be helpful. Then again, HER’s minimalist profile reflects the modern trend in online dating towards less chatty profiles that encourage users to interact rather than creep.
On the “Meet” tab, I browsed the profiles of fetching young lesbians in my immediate vicinity. I like that instead of clicking on a profile to see more than one picture, HER shows you a collage of images to quickly convey who you’re looking at. “Feed,” my favorite part of HER, is similar to my Facebook feed in that it is all lesbians posting links, events, thoughts, etc. via status. HER introduces itself as “the app that will introduce you to every lesbian you ever wanted to meet. Finally, you can start dating a lesbian that hasn’t slept with any of your friends. Your weekend just got gayer because now you know where to go to.” HER knows all the right things to say.
Hinge is yet another mobile matchmaking app trying to make it big by being like Tinder, only slightly different. So what sets Hinge apart? It’s got a great gimmick. Unlike any other dating app, Hinge only matches you with friends of (Facebook) friends. This sort of social network expansion has great possibility for lesbians whose hot friends of friends always seem to be just out of reach. Hinge, like Tinder and Bumble, allows me to “prefer” women. Unlike Tinder and Bumble, Hinge only showed me women. Perhaps this is because Hinge’s results aren’t warped by the pressure to provide endless options. Hinge provides users with a small batch every day, along with each match’s job, pictures, and connection to you.
One aspect of Hinge I loved and found super simple and helpful was profile customization. Users can pick “tags” for their favorite date spots and activities along with religion and race. This lets Hinge users quickly cobble together a taste profile. I like being able to see what I have in common with someone before striking up a conversation. Hinge’s friends of friends model supposedly encourage good behavior because of social accountability, and I did find Hinge users to be more polite and well-spoken than Tinder or OkCupid dwellers.
I’m a big fan of Hinge’s latest innovation, a gloriously simple tweak that weeds cheaters out of the matchmaking app pool. Hinge now syncs relationship status from users Facebook pages. Meaning those ratchet couples creeping for threesomes can now be instantly spotted and dismissed along with the dishonest and unfaithful. Bye, Felicias!
Bumble’s big feminist twist—only girls can send the first message—is rendered irrelevant by lesbianism. Lesbianism: where girls always have to send the first message. Feminists be copying. Once you’ve made a match on Bumble, the pressure is on to move quick or miss out. If no one says something within the first 24 hours, the connection disappears forever! Making the first move has always been a massive pain in our gay asses, and a ticking clock might be just what queer girls need to swallow their shyness and just say “Hey!”
My pleasant if unremarkable experience with Bumble was slightly marred when I read this ludicrous passage in Vanity Fair’s fawning interview of Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe.
“Users swipe left (or ‘no’) and right (or ‘yes’) on profiles of potential partners. If there is a match, both users are notified. But on Bumble—unlike Tinder or OkCupid—only the women can begin a conversation… Perhaps still more impressive: the ratio of women to men using the app, which is just about even—uncommon for this sector. The company also plans to make incorporating LGBTQ. communities a priority, though it has yet to introduce any particularly innovative features to that end.” What a strikingly perfect summary of Silicon Valley and corporate America’s treatment of the freshly legalized gay community. You are so important to us that we haven’t thought of you, but we will, eventually, maybe when we’re bored or running errands or the cable’s out. Until then, know that we are absolutely friendly and all about you not in our actions or product but in our occasional empty words. LOVE IS LOVE!
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In modern dating apps, it’s normal to feel like you’re just another face in a sea of photos. Even if you get a match, it can be difficult to reach a date, let alone a meaningful relationship. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could just cut out the competition?
That’s the thinking behind Shinder, a web-based dating app where you get one chance to swipe on one man: Shed Simove. Although men can sign up for it, the app is exclusive to women. Guys who try to match with Simove are greeted with a brief message about Simove’s heterosexuality.
Simove came up with the idea after striking out on other dating apps. He tried to be quirky on dating sites to better attract matches, but had little luck. He Photoshopped a Tinder photo of himself bursting out of a Kinder Surprise egg (“Tinder Surprise”); he tried making a “Bumble pick of the month” logo (“No one cared”). He decided he needed a different strategy to get noticed.
“I thought, if you can't beat them, maybe create your own competition where you're the only person in the competition, therefore, you will then by de facto win,” he says. “You will win! In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. I thought I would try to create my own pond, so that then I would naturally be the biggest fish.”
Shinder works like your typical dating app. You set up your profile and get to swiping. If users swipe left, the site tells you “You dodged a bullet there, Shed is extremely high maintenance.” If you swipe right, the site promises to notify you if it’s a match. If Simove likes you back, the site opens up a dialogue between the two parties.
Simove has cobbled together a reputation for publicity stunts, including changing his name to “God,” designing the “Control-A-Woman” remote, and publishing a “Fifty Shades of Gray” book comprised of 50 pages that were just different shades of gray. His website proudly includes a “Scandals” section with different links or newspaper clippings about his pranks. Simove says he doesn’t consider these publicity stunts, but rather a way to be creative.
“I understand why people say that, but it's weird, because some of my stuff no one cares about,” he says. “When I start, my prime directive isn't the virality. My prime directive is, is this an idea that excites me and delights me and possibly amuses me? If it is, then I won't stop until I do it. That's the way I live my life, and that's the way I motivate myself by choosing projects that fuel me.”
When asked about the authenticity of Shinder, Simove pushes back against it being another antic. "I spent nine months and a huge amount of stress,” he says, “a huge amount of time, three different coders that I failed with . it's been highly stressful and any software build is difficult, but crikey, for a quick user experience, the backend is massive.”
Simove’s goal is to meet women — and successfully get a date for Valentine’s Day — but he does enjoy the attention. The glow of publicity stunts fades so quickly, but that can’t be the only reason to do them. He considers himself similar to an artist who creates to fuel themselves, but that his motivations are to entertain people. “It would be disingenuous of me to say I wouldn't want it to go viral,” he says of Shinder.
“I don't want to be too pompous here, but [I’m] like an artist who creates from their soul — my soul is just childish.”
So far, Shinder has been a success for Simove. He says he’s received more than 100 mutually swiped matches, but it’s come with the unexpected downside of too many choices. “I try to be polite and I try to be decent in life, so I want to reply to everyone and say hello and thank you and see if we can set up a date,” he says.
“I'm tired. I'm on it all the time. I'm on it constantly.”
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Dating apps are, in their own way, a form of social networking – especially as they expand into new areas like friend-finding or professional networking. So it only makes sense that they would adopt video as well, given the growing popularity of the format on social apps like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as the industry’s larger embrace of “Stories” as a means of offering an angle into people’s lives, activities, and interests.
This week, both Hinge and Zoosk’s Lively are rolling out support for video, each in their own way.
Hinge, for example, will now allow users to augment their user profiles on the service with video. The company says users can add videos up to 30 seconds long, by pulling from those that already exist on their phone. However, it’s shying away from short-form, disappearing videos like those found in Instagram, Snapchat, or Messenger “Stories.”
In fact, Hinge will not prompt people to take a front-facing video at all, only those pre-recorded or previously shared to Facebook or Instagram. (The videos imported from social networks can be longer than 30 seconds, Hinge notes.)
Instead, Hinge believes support for videos will allow members to better show who they really are, by sharing fun or memorable moments and activities from their lives. This continues the dating service’s larger mission of helping users find relationships, not casual encounters.
”On Hinge we encourage our members to be authentic with one another because we know that leads to the best connections,” explains Hinge founder and CEO Justin McLeod. “Our profiles already do a great job, but video creates the opportunity for our members to learn about potential matches in a way that simply can’t be captured with still photos and text.”
The company will also encourage video adoption, too, by showing Hinge profiles with video to five times more people it says.
Meanwhile, Zoosk’s newer product Lively is hoping to capitalize on video to bring more people to its app.
Launched last summer as a product from the company’s R&D group, Zoosk Labs, Lively had adopted video from the get-go. In Lively, users upload photos and videos that are then turned into story collages, which also include transitions and movement.
Again, the idea is that using video can show off someone’s personality much better than static, photo-only profiles.
Now, Zoosk is pushing the bar even further in terms of video with the launch of live video chat. The feature, which will be public on Wednesday morning, is designed to help users make connections with people that extend beyond dating.
In the updated app, users will be able to pick a topic and start chatting with others who are also available to chat. But unlike with Lively’s profile videos, the chat feature allows users to start their session with their screen blurred. This helps users instantly feel more comfortable, the company explains, without having to worry about what they look like right away.
As users continue to talk, the blur fades away – but users can opt to add it back if they want to remain hidden. Zoosk says the blur fades over 40 seconds, but you can tap “Add Blur” whenever you like to remain hidden.
“Lively is about creating fun ways to help people connect, not just match,” says Zoosk’s SVP of Product Behzad Behrouzi. “We’re hoping to create an overall experience where people can feel more relaxed being themselves, and more excited to meet and get to know other people.”
This feature will push Lively beyond dating to help users just generally meet new people. This trend is not one that’s limited to Lively. Top dating apps like Tinder, Bumble and others have also adopted friend-finding features as of late, as they become more like social networks. And Bumble is preparing to launch into professional networking in September, with the debut of BumbleBizz.
Shortly after, Bumble will roll out its own video support as well.
Announced in January, BumbleVID will allow users to share video “stories” on their profile. Bumble says it decided to hold the feature back because it would make more sense from an engineering perspective to launch it in the rebuilt app arriving this fall. That version of the app will support BumbleBizz, but will also introduce features that let you craft different profiles for dating, friends, and professional networking.
Similar to Snapchat and Instagram, Bumble will support short-form videos recorded live or in the past 24 hours, which can be either posted to your profile for all to see, or only shared with matches.
Also like Stories on other social apps, these videos will vanish in a day. However, a later version of the app will allow for a semi-permanent way to keep them. (More to come on that this fall.)
Again, Bumble’s interest in video has a lot to do with how the company feels the format will help users show more of themselves, which is the common thread between all the dating apps’ embrace of video.
“It’s more of a way to storytell, and express yourself beyond a photo,” explains Bumble co-founder CEO Whitney Wolfe, “but in a way that was native to how we in our audience already use social media video. We didn’t want to reinvent the wheel – we wanted to just take what was already working well in other platforms, and give them the opportunity to do that with people they don’t know yet, versus their friends,” she says.
But these newer dating apps like Lively, Bumble and Hinge aren’t alone in making video a key feature in their updated user experiences. Even longtime dating giant Match.com is getting into the video game.
The company this week announced its plans for a Stories feature, too. In Match’s case, the stories can stretch to 60 seconds, as compared with Bumble’s 10-second videos, for example. And they’re meant to be a combination of photos and videos, similar to what’s available on Lively. Plus, you can narrate the content if you’d like, to describe the imagery you’re showing.
“It gives people flexibility,” Match CEO Mandy Ginsberg explained earlier in an interview with Mashable. “Hearing someone talk about their photo is far better than just seeing the photo. Seeing a video and hearing their voice is, I think, the holy grail in terms of figuring out your attraction.”
Match says Stories will launch into testing in the “coming weeks,” with a national rollout planned for later this year.
Video chat, however, is not on Match.com’s public roadmap, nor Bumble’s, nor Hinge’s.
This is likely because of the additional overhead that comes with allowing users to chat live, not only from a product and engineering standpoint, but also from a community safety perspective. It also may not be necessary – after all, if two people enjoy chatting with each other a lot, what usually comes next is a request along the lines of, “let’s get off this app.”
Lively’s video chat launches tomorrow, around 9 AM PT. Hinge’s video is live now. Match and Bumble will roll out video later this year.
Even if dating apps arenвЂ™t your thing, IвЂ™m sure a majority of us out there are well aware of the plethora of free dating apps and sites available for singles everywhere. So, with the obvious overload of such services, how many dating sites should you be on? One? Two? Ten? Twenty? Every new dating app out there?
According to a recent study of 3,000 Americans conducted by online omnibus VeraQuest, just over 20 percent of Americans have used an online dating site or app. For millennials in particular, that percentage grew to 30 percent. WeвЂ™re living at a time when finding a partner via our phones is as common as hitting on someone at a bar, if not more common.
I talked to several dating experts to get their take on the perfect number of dating apps you should be on to find relationship success. IвЂ™m going to cut to the chase and say, there is no magic number. Whether you choose to focus your time and energy on one or choose to spread yourself among three or more, is up to you. But the expert reasons behind how many apps or sites you should be on may make a difference to how you use dating apps. With that said, hereвЂ™s what experts had to say:
вЂњI don't think it's great to be on too many apps when it comes to dating,вЂќ Sexologist and Relationship Expert Dr. Nikki Goldstein tells Bustle. вЂњIt's better to focus on one at time and start conversations to determine what someone's personality really is, instead of quickly dismissing due to the buffet of more people on offer. If you are going to pick more than one app to increase the pool of people you get to choose from, know that this might only add to the confusion and distraction but that you should try for apps that have a point of difference. Many people who are on apps are on multiple ones, so you want to and pick apps that are different to gain access to new people.вЂќ
вЂњThey say you can have вЂtoo many cooks in the kitchen.вЂ™ I say you can have too many apps on your phone,вЂќ Erika Ettin, online dating coach and author of Love at First Site, tells Bustle. вЂњI generally recommend that my clients stick to two apps, with the caveat that they use them proactively. This does not mean getting 20 matches a day and writing to none of them. This means limiting the number of matches they get to, say, three to five, and then reaching out to all of them. If, of three matches, one converts to a date, that is more than enough to line up per day! Just like you archive your emails (well, I do), I advise keeping your app inboxes clean.вЂќ
Emily Taffel, Dating Consultant at Ghosting Buster, agrees.
вЂњIn my opinion more than three dating sites is too many,вЂќ Taffel tells Bustle. вЂњAny less than that and you are missing out on potentially perfect matches who may be on other sites however, too many sites and it becomes sensory overload and you will find your eyes glazing over as you flip through faster, focusing more on photos than profiles (the biggest online dating mistake) and missing out on being mindfully present in your own dating life.вЂќ
вЂњMy advice on dating apps is вЂthe more, the better,вЂ™ especially if the person wanting a date has the time for it,вЂќ Jonathan Bennett, certified counselor and dating coach, tells Bustle. вЂњOnline dating can be very competitive. By being active across multiple apps, youвЂ™re definitely increasing your odds of getting responses, carrying on a continued conversation, and maybe even getting a date."
Sonya Kreizman, co-founder and CEO of Crush Mobile, also tells Bustle you should be on as many dating apps as possible if you're looking for a relationship.
вЂњStart and download the most popular dating apps and narrow it down to your favorite three or four. Make dating apps your best friends,вЂќ she says. вЂњIf you only use one dating app, you are not only working with a limited number of singles but the singles you are meeting off this app might not want a serious relationship. I like to recommend a minimum of three dating apps for someone who is single and looking for a relationship. This way even if you meet singles who just want to вЂhook upвЂ™ on two of these apps, I can guarantee that on one app, there will be someone swiping you with a shared desire for a long-term relationship.вЂќ
It’s very hard for a geek and an introvert person to approach a girl/boy and ask him/her to go on a date. If you fall in either of these categories then you’re landed on the right webpage because these dating apps will help you to find yourself someone special. A lot of people think that these apps suck.
But, people who are not in relationship mostly use these apps and have had success finding love partners for them (which means these apps do work). Either you’re looking to get hooked up, casual chat or a one night stand, these free apps have got everything for you. These apps are available for both Android & iOS Users.
These apps are officially picked up by the editor of this blog. None of the listed app sponsors us. These reviews on free dating apps are based on our personal experience. And, if you want us to include any mobile dating app, then you can contact us. Oh, yes! Our team has tested all these apps so it’s all coming from our experience.
Tinder is one of the popular dating apps, as of now. Tinder has more than 100 million users, 1.4 billion swipes a day, 26 million matches a day, 54% of single users.
By reading the above stats, you can easily identify the popularity of Tinder. You can read more tinder’s interesting facts & statistics here .
Tinder is a app where you can find a match for you. To use this app first, firstly you need to install the app, then connect it to the Facebook account. Don’t worry about Facebook Authentication because nothing will be posted on your behalf.
Tinder also uses GPS so that it can trace your location, and find singles around you who’re looking to get hooked up or might want to hang out.
You can start using this app after entering your Bio. Make sure that your bio is on point if you want to get more right swipes on your profile. We have written an article on it, so make sure you read it
You’ll be displayed multiple potential matches everyday & if you’re interested in them, then you’ve to swipe right otherwise swipe left. Tinder app really worth the mention on our site.
Tinder is free and available both for Android & iOS users. Have a good time there, but be smart don’t get trapped by fake people. Also, make sure your openers are on point so that you get instant replies.
Check this article if you had hard time with Tinder: Best Tinder Openers
Coffe meets bagel is a free dating app, and pretty much different as compared to other flirting apps . Coffee meets bagel requires Facebook authentication like Tinder, but it doesn’t have the similar concept to Tinder.
After completing your bio & profile, you’ll be suggested a Bagel. You’ll be suggested Bagel based on Facebook Friends mutuality, and it will remain for 24 hours. If you like the bagel, you’ve to like her profile, and if that bagel likes your profile back, then you’ll be able to chat with each other.
The messages last long for a week only and after that, everything will be erased. So, this app pretty much forces you to get connected in real like. If you don’t like a person in a week, then there is no point chatting back and forth for months, therefore, we really like this concept. This app is available for Android & iOS user, and a good alternative to Tinder like apps.
If you want be in touch with the bagel then you can share a link of any of your social media profile like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever social media platform you use. Else, you can exchange your mobile number, but you’ve to be very careful, because you don’t want to get hooked up with a gold digger or criminal.
Alright, Plenty of Fish is a mobile app which is also known as P.O.F. It has good amount of active users. And, It is pretty similar to then Tinder. However, it doesn’t require Facebook authentication to use the app. So, if you don’t want to connect your Facebook account or don’t have one, then it’s a good app to start with.
Like any other app, You’ve to complete your profile to get started. If you use false language, then you’ll get banned, so make sure you don’t do that (unless you really don’t care)
You can message the users there, it doesn’t require any process like Coffee Meets Bagel (which you might like if you don’t have the patience) You can find P.O.F users around you – by the city, by new users, contacts and favorites settings, depending on you.
Here we have collected some additional stats from a reliable source about Plenty of Fish App.
Plenty of Fish is available for both Android & iPhone users, so have a lovely time there.
Also Check out these apps if you’re under 18: Love apps
How About We is our no.1 pick for free flirting apps . This is an easy to use app and similar to other free dating apps with standard procedure. It’ll ask you some questions at the beginning that helps the app to find best potential matches.
It asks simple questions like “Your Favorite Movie,” so don’t get freaked out. In case, you don’t feel like answering any question, you can skip it (not a big deal). However, the profile picture is necessary, no matter what.
There is search widget option at the top right corner where you can find singles looking to get hooked up . If you’re interested in a person, you can hit him/her up using “I’m Intrigued” button.
This is a popular & part of HowAboutWe media company that focuses on dating related products. So, if you’re looking for some mobile dating apps then this app is definitely for you. The app is available both for iPhone and Android users.
lovo is one of the free dating apps. Lovo is popular in Europe countries, but not in the Asia, to be honest. This app is kind of similar to Tinder in functioning and UI, but it uses a special feature.
It has a feature called “Live Radar” which you can use by enabling GPS on your mobile. This feature will help you to find singles in your city, according to the location. You can also see the picture being shared by Lovoo users who are is the same area.
This app had 36 million users in 2015, and these numbers are increasing and will keep on increasing day by day.
You can connect your Lovoo account with Facebook or Instagram. If you love sharing the pictures, then connecting with Instagram is recommended. This app is available both for Android & iPhone users.
Hinge is one of the tinder like apps. In fact, it looks like a sister project of Tinder but that’s not the case. The UI is very similar to the Tinder but little more interactive and smooth. It uses your Facebook profile to connect with people.
It will search for friends of friends of your friends who are using the app and showcase them to you. Hinge is not for people who are looking to get hooked up. The downside of this app is that one of your Facebook friends have to have on this app so that you can find people in friend’s circle.
You can upload your profile pictures from Facebook, and Instagram. This system limits you especially when you’re not active on either of these social media platforms. No one can message you without getting MATCHED and you can expect to not see any inappropriate pictures because it uses Facebook and people can only use their official Facebook or Instagram pictures.
Though, it lacks in fancy functionalities but it’s a good app for women who want protection and safety. Here is what Hinge says “Inspired by love, and guided by authenticity, Hinge creates meaningful connections among those bold enough to seek real relationships.”
Taste buds is a unique app. We are not sure how many of you have heard about this app, but this is app is really worth trying – especially if you’re a music lover.
This app allows you start your profile without any social media account requirement. However, you can connect your Facebook account to the app, but it’s not mandatory.
The UI is simple but little uneasy – more on that later. You’ll be asked to answer a few questions. Since the main concept of this app is based on the “music taste of people” so you’ll be asked to fill to share your favorite tracks.
We all love music and songs choice can pretty much defines the personality of a person, so if you find a profile having same song choice as of yours, then you might want to message the person.
You can message anyone before and after match, so the restrictions are limited. You can send song tracks to people. Since there is no match restriction, the app has hundreds of thousands of users, and you’ll never run out of new people to chat with, new music to discover, and fun things to do.
Overall, it’s a new concept and you’ll definitely enjoy it. Like we said earlier, it has some problems like you can’t find your previous matched people or match history to be precise, the app only plays clips, and UI has issues.
It’s easy to skip on profiles, but the like button should be replaced to right-side, better motion while checking profiles of people. If Tastebuds work on these areas then it would be a good experience with new concept for dating. Overall, it’s a good unique dating app that definitely worth your time especially if you’re a music freak.
Match.com is one of the best dating sites available on the Internet. And, not to our surprise, they launched the mobile app version for people. It was launched in 1995 and today serves millions of singles in 24 countries, insane, right?
Well, unlike most of the apps, you don’t need your Facebook profile to initiate your profile on Match.com, but you do have to upload a picture and fill in basic information about yourself which is pretty simple and basic.
Match.com has a lot of people so you’ll never fell short of people. However, this app requires premium subscription to get the most out of this app, so if you don’t have budget then it might be an issue. (Premium subscription offers who’s recently looked at your profile and who has liked your pictures and includes a bunch of other features)
Its UI is simple, smooth, and easy to use. However, you’ll need time to get used to it. It has bunch of related tabs like “matches,” “viewed me,” “search,” and “mixer” which helps to navigate through the app smoothly.
The app is available both for Android and iPhone users. On top of that, you can also find give desktop version a shot.
Bumble is a new dating app with a twist in working mechanism and we love it. This app is pretty much similar to Tinder but works differently. Like tinder, you’ve to signup for the app using Facebook profile which might be annoying to a couple of people but it helps to kick out spammer and keep the safety for app users, so at the end of the day it’s good for you.
Once two users make a match, Girl has to message first. It’s a great concept, isn’t it? The match stays for 24 hours, if she doesn’t send you a message then it vanishes. However, if a guy is really into the girl, then he can extend the process for 24 hours.
Unlike Tinder, when you swipe up you see the additional pictures of people. In tinder, it like the profile profile, so you don’t have to forcefully see the people who thumbs up your profile.
The UI is very interesting and smooth. It’s easy to use. You can not send any P**n content to the user, it’s strictly prohibited as stated in Terms&condition which we people often ignore.
The funny and interesting part of this app is that Girls have to initiate, so if you’re a girl then there is 100% possibility that you might not like this idea as a lot of girls carry the ego on these apps.
You can read bumble’s blog which often posts successful dating stories. The people who met through this app and successfully dating or got married.
So, these were our top pick for free apps for dating that cost nothing, and available for both iPhone & Android users. These apps are featured on the bases of our experience. Another thing, make 100% sure that you’re careful. Don’t share you bank information or any sort of personal information with a stranger because there are a lot of people out there who are evil.
You can visit our site Hookup Apps in near future if you need any sort of information about dating related advice and apps.
Thanks for sharing these apps. I really like your list of this apps.
You have a great list about dating apps. I have used Tinder app before and it was great.
nice piece of information. Okcupid is one of the best dating app
Cupid is a crap. Lefty shit hole. With trannies. owned by commie Jews.
I’m regular Tinder user, One of the reasons for tinder’s popularity was the fact that it is free, and not cut off you at communication stage while many apps do that.
how can i use this apps…SUROJ VAI plz tell me about that
Hello I’m 25 years old looking for a cute guy to have good sex .. I’m a little chubby but good-looking can’t host and have no car so if you have place will be perfect.
Comment: well Ashley text me and let’s meet [email protected]
Hey lets work it out
Hello there beautiful
How about we is a massive joke, can’t even enter my post code which is correct, so can’t even do anything on that site, how it’s even on this list with that stupid problem is beyond me, because without your post code or zip code it won’t let you do anything
D ating services are an age-old staple for singletons in Britain, with the first one appearing in 1695.
The first dating profile appeared in an agricultural journal at the end of the seventeenth century with an advert that read, "A Gentleman about 30 years of age, that says he has a very good estate, would willingly match himself to some good young Gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3,000 or thereabouts."
In 2016, dating has gone digital. People are more likely to swipe on Tinder than leaf through the lonely hearts pages of a newspaper, but does that mean you should use a dating app? And if so, which one? To help navigate modern love's virtual terrain, here's what you need to know about dating apps, and whether they're right for you.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons of all ages turn to dating apps every day in the hope of finding a potential partner.
The stigma of online dating has swiftly become a thing of the past. It's now as common to go on a mid-week Tinder date as it was texting for an Orange Wednesday code five years ago. An estimated one in five relationships now starts online, and the industry generates more than $1.7 billion (£1.17bn) annually.
As one Telegraph pundit put it: "If you don’t use dating apps these days, you’re either happily married or living in a hedge off the A34."
Even David Cameron is on Tinder, albeit to promote the stay campaign in the EU Referendum. But his presence is nevertheless resounding proof that dating apps are par for the course in modern relationships.
T he ubiquity of online dating started with Tinder - the dating app that 'gamified' the process of selecting a potential partner with its 'swipe left for a no, right for a yes' design.
T inder rapidly became the must-have dating app. Less than two years after its launch in 2012, users were racking up a billion swipes per day, and they have now swiped their way to 11 billion matches worldwide.
Entrepreneurs wanting to capitalise on the app's success have launched countless rivals. There is now a dating app for almost everything - there are those meant for double dating, those designed for "death professionals", and there's even one for people with herpes.
Dating apps offer a new way to meet people when you're balancing work, seeing friends, and the trappings of modern life.
T he bad boy of digital dating, Tinder was launched in 2012 and despite its early reputation of being for hook-ups, it has quickly become one of the most popular dating apps in the world.
Users are presented with a picture of their would-be beau and given the option to swipe left for no or right for yes. It’s been criticised for its promotion of hot-or-not style military tactics, but with well over a billion swipes being made each day, we doubt founder Sean Rad loses any sleep over it. In fact, he has hired female employees he’d matched in the past.
Tinder’s core audience is young, social and connected. It recently introduced the ability to ‘like’ individual messages and illustrate your desire for your new match via gifs, so twenty and thirty-somethings.
Tinder is fun and fast-paced, requiring absolute minimum effort to set up and even less to actually use. Swiping quickly becomes addictive, and it’s quite easy to quickly swipe an arsenal of matches.
Possibly due to the ease of setting up a profile, some Tinder users are less serious about finding The One. As a woman, you’re likely to receive the odd unsolicited nude, and the only way to turn back the clock if you happen to accidentally swipe no on the partner of your dreams is to pay a monthly fee for Tinder Plus. Priced from £3.99 for one month, enhanced membership also allows you to change your location, such as swiping in Ibiza ahead of an upcoming holiday.
S et up by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe, Bumble is a female-first dating app, meaning the ladies have to mkae the first move, and message first. Bumble works on the same swipe left or right basis as Tinder, but has a twist - the girl has just 24 hours to message before the potential date disappears. Men can extend this time for a further 24 hours if they’re really keen.
Bumble’s crowd seems to be particularly attractive, almost too good to be true. It’s mostly a young professional and creative crowd, made up of people in their mid to late twenties.
You can basically just swipe right (yes) to everyone, because they’re so attractive. The women-first design and rules mean that conversation is generally of a higher calibre.
Are the users too good-looking to be true? Conspiracies abound as to whether there are fake profiles on Bumble, but Wolfe assured the Telegraph all profiles are legitimate. With just over 500,000 users in the UK, you'll often run out of matches - an obvious negative.
F rench-founded Happn is a location-based app which lists potential dates you’ve passed by in the street as one long, never-ending list of their main profile picture, age and job. Once you’ve tapped on their profile, you can check the exact point at which you crossed paths, on your commute or night out.
You quickly work out those who live or work near you as you can see how many times you’ve crossed paths with each user, and can only strike up a conversation once you’ve mutually liked each other by tapping the heart button. You can try and catch their attention by sending them a charm, but be warned, this can look a bit desperate.
Happn’s users, while generally in their twenties, rarely seem to message anyone once a match has been made.
It’s quite fun to pinpoint the exact point at which you crossed paths with someone, unlike Tinder which just pulls potential matches from your chosen radius.
Using Happn is a fairly hands-off dating experience. There is no way to search for the beautiful stranger you passed several days back and, as the majority of users leave their profiles relatively blank, there’s not always a lot to go on.
O kCupid began life as a desktop site in 2004, and matches uses through a series of questions intended to reveal certain aspects of your personality; for example, ‘If you were to die, would whoever goes through your personal belongings be shocked by what they find?’ and ‘Would you consider sleeping with someone on a first date?’ Your answers are converted into a percentage, meaning the higher your match percentage with someone, the better the theoretical chance of your compatibility.
OkCupid’s demographic seems to be more relationship-focused than Tinder’s, and is largely populated by young professionals in their twenties and thirties.
OkCupid has a clean interface and is fairly easy to navigate. It’s not as strictly location-based as other apps, which means you’re free to peruse potential partners in other countries should you so wish. The option to filter matches by ethnicity, age and certain key words is also useful for narrowing down potentials if you’ve got a certain type.
The object of your affection can see each and every time you visit their profile, making stalking more difficult than on other apps. Non A-List (e.g. paying) users can’t see who has ‘liked’ your profile, meaning you’ll rack up a whole lot of likes without having a clue who’s been dropping by.
T he granddaddy of online dating, Match.com was founded in 1995. It claims responsibility for the conception of more than one million babies and close to 100,000 mariages. The site, which has the same owners as Tinder, prides itself on making astute matches, which it achieves through asking a series of key questions when creating your profile - have you been married, do you smoke, do you want children.
Though Match.com has a more traditional image than say, Tinder, there are plenty of people in their twenties and thirties as well as older users. Given the subscription fee, users are probably more interested in meeting someone for a long-term relationship than some users on some of the free platforms.
Match.com's app looks great - it's clean, intuitive and simple to use. It also has an enormous user base, and comprehensive ways of whittling down suitors on the fully paid version.
With so many adequate dating apps available for free, it's difficult to justify having to fork out around £30 a month, depending on whether you choose to purchase a one month, three month or yearly subscription. Its search filtering is also less sophisticated than OKCupid's.
According to entrepreneurs like Rad and Wolfe, here are some tips for a good profile:
Meeting strangers through dating apps has its risks. There have been reports that apps such as Tinder and Grindr are responsible for an increase in crime, including rape, child sex grooming and attempted murder. Separately, a study claimed that Tinder users are twice as likely to have a sexually transmitted infection as those not on the app.
But there are many factors that could have caused both these numbers, not least being the dramatic rise in people using dating apps. By following a few precautionary measures you can make sure you stay safe while using dating apps.
Organisations such as Get Safe Online offer more advice on how to stay safe when app dating.
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