It’s amazing how quickly Dating Apps have taken over. Clearly they must be working well for a large number of people to have done so.
For some trying find your true love and/or your next casual fling is as easy as checking your Facebook messages.
Here’s some of the top dating apps. All are available at either Google Play or the App Store.
Tinder has become the yardstick dating app by which others are measured.
Probably because it has made the matching process so much easier.
You simply upload some photos of yourself, a bit of a bio and a preferred age and distance radius for potential matches. The app then shows you profiles that fit your criteria and you swipe right or left on people you like the look and sound of (or don't). If you swipe right on someone and they also swipe right on you, it's a match and you can start a conversation.
It’s pretty basic. Some think TInder puts our animal instincts back in an animal kingdom but its hard to argue with the numbes. As far back as 2015 Tinder claimed that 15% of the Australian population had joined the app.
Tinder is free but there are premium features like the ability to see who's swiped right on you which require a monthly fee.
This is a cute idea. A dating app based on what you hate rather than the opposite and its free.
As the sites’ editors notes say:
Romantic compatibility doesn't necessarily mean liking all the same stuff—having loathings in common can be its own soulmate spark. We adore Hater because it takes a deliciously fun approach to matchmaking, connecting us with potential partners based on things we mutually despise. Messy roommates? Airplane seats? Selfie sticks? Ughhh! Nothing breaks the ice on a first date quite like a shared rant about the stuff that drives us nuts.
Hater doesn’t have the volume of traffic Tinder does but it sounds like fun and again there’s none of those complicated and impersonal questionnaires to deal with.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Friends of mine call Coffee Meets Bagel Cupid on Caffiene. I personally find its time saving ethos a bit unsubtle but I’m sure there are many who find it useful.
The Coffee Meets Bagel explains its approach,
“Every day at noon, you‘ll receive potential matches (we call them “Bagels”) preselected for you so you don’t have to swipe all day. Our algorithm takes into consideration both basic criteria like age, height, religion, ethnicity, and more nuanced factors like your social network and interests.
Fellas, you will receive highly curated matches preselected for you by our algorithm. For the ladies, you will only be sent Bagels that have already expressed interest and are serious about connecting with you! Why? Because we know your time is extra-precious. :) “
The Coffee Meets Bagel offers a premium service
The OkCupid app is much more like a traditional dating site. You set up a profile list our your interests, lifestyle and what you're looking for in a relationship. You then get to see profiles which will display a match percentage based on how much you have in common..
Ok Cupid is mostly free to use but there are some premium features like accessing a complete list of people who liked you, which costs.