Making a perfect match has never been easy but the Internet has changed the rules of the game of love. Several years ago online dating meant being glued to your computer at home.
Thanks to mobile applications, the whole world has turned into your playground for dates. Some of the apps are tailored for making long-lasting relationship, while others are more about here-tonight-forgotten-tomorrow-morning hookups. Check out our top ten dating services that will match you with the Right One.
One cannot dwell on dating apps without reviewing Tinder. Launched in 2012, now it’s a leading location-based application followed by millions of people from celebrities to your neighbours.
One of the keys to success is its simple design with a swipe as a core point. You need to create a profile with six photos and a brief summary and try your fate.
When you’re shown other user’s profile just swipe right if you feel you’re interested, otherwise swipe left. It’s simple, effective and free. It’s quick and addictive. But these pros can turn out to be cons: many people are on this app for a quick hook-up only. Moreover, it’s too hard to focus. Its game style encourages you to play instead of concentrating on your matches.
MeetMe is a social network that focuses on helping its users discover new friends to chat with mainly on mobile devices. Founded in 2005 by two students, now is has millions of admirers.
It’s important to bear in mind that MeetMe is more about socializing then making matches. People who share the same interests are encouraged to interact though various social games which makes this app more playful. S
o if you’re bored with traditional dating services, MeetMe is quite a charming alternative. However your search won’t be easy: be ready to jump over such hurdles as intrusive ads, crashes and fake profiles.
POF is a dating service launched in 2003 in Vancouver, Canada. Since then PlentyOfFish has become one of the most popular dating apps in the world.
The strategy behind the app is very straightforward: you just set up a simple profile and search for potential matches. Profiles shouldn’t be elaborate: just age, height, profession and education can be mentioned. It’s free to use but the app also provides premium services such as letting users know whether their messages have been deleted or read.
PlentyOfFish is not that sophisticated but just a sheer multitude of people online makes the app worth a look.
It happens that you’re not always looking for a life-long relationship but for a friend to spend time with. In this case DOWN Dating may be of help.
The app is based on a swipe and scroll principle which saves you from meticulous tests and awkward messages. The embarrassment factor is kept to a minimum because users won’t know you pick them unless they ‘like’ you too.
An important thing about Down Dating is that it shows you friends of your friends on Facebook which allows you to maintain a certain sense of security. Besides, the service offers an option to arrange a date so you can leave the digital world and “get down” with your new friend in real life.
Bumble is another digital dating application based on a left-right swipe principle.
At the same time it has quite a peculiar hallmark: only women are allowed to start chatting with their matches. Thanks to this feature Bumble is sometimes heralded as the “Feminist Tinder” however men also have positive attitude towards the service because it takes pressure off them.
The app uses Facebook to create a user profile with some basic information and photos that have already been uploaded. Women must be first to reach out within 24 hours or the matches disappear never to be seen again.
Grouper represents a new dating concept which aims to get you off the computer and out on a real date. Grouper is an invite-only social service launched in New York in 2011.
It uses personal data from your Facebook profile (with you permission, of course) to organize group meetings called Groupers. Matches for such outings are carefully analyzed both by a computer and by a human which should ensure really strong matches. Both parties are asked to bring two friends which should save you from the awkwardness of the first one-on-one encounter.
No information is disclosed before the meeting. So even if you don’t find your true love, anyway you’ll have a real-life adventure instead of typical digital dating.
Grindr allows bisexual and gay men to meet with like-minded people nearby. It comes in both free and subscription versions (the latter is called Grindr Xtra).
Grindr is the largest and the most popular mobile app in a gay community throughout the world. A paid version of Grindr offers ad-free browsing. It contains such features as unlimited blocking of other users and loading 300 different users at once. Grindr Xtra has more filtering criteria in comparison with a free version which only allows filtering by age.
These criteria include body type, height, weight, ethnicity and relationship status. Users may renew the subscription via iTunes.
OkCupid is a popular matchmaking application which offers a huge selection of personality tests, questionnaires and other methods that allow people to choose a match.
They really treat it seriously. This app analyses your answers using an elaborate algorithm, constantly puts question prompts to collect more information and even includes the margin of error.
So the great thing about it is that OkCupid puts more focus not on your own perception of yourself but on the data. But if you believe that math algorithms cannot mingle with romance and love then the application is not the best choice for you.
Having much in common with Tinder, Hinge tries to be more mature. It offers to search for love in a good old way: through mutual friends. People log in with Facebook accounts, then enter preferences, location and age. Once a day at noon, Hinge shows you five potential matches.
The service includes chat functionality if people are interested in one another, while keeping anonymity when users tap differently. The fact that you have friends in common gives you some sense of security. If you are really looking for something more serious, this site should appeal to you.
However, there’s a creepy moment about ranking your Facebook friends. It’s quite natural to judge by appearance but when you’re asked to rank your 12-year-old cousin or your best friend’s mom, it feels wrong.