Technology is changing the way we do every day things. It changes the way we communicate, the way we consume media, and even how we date. Meeting someone from the internet used to be a big no no. Now we’re getting in strangers cars, staying in their homes, and even letting them manage our money. So why wouldn’t we go on a date with someone we meet online? We have plenty of ways to digitally vet them before hand. But, that leads to the even greater question, where online will you meet them?
For those of you not in-the-know of all the latest dating app trends, enjoy this handy-dandy guide explaining them all to you. There are so many apps, it would be impossible to cover them all. These are some of the most common (see disclaimer at the bottom of the page).
The first domino: TINDER 🔥
If you’ve read my blog before, you may be familiar with Tinder + its advertising potential. Tinder is the app that really started the whole dating app craze. The app shows you potential dates based on location + preferences you set (age, range, sex). You then swipe left (no) or right (yes). If you both swipe right you are matched + can message each other. It’s pretty simple. You can also upgrade to TinderPLUS for additional features like undoing a swipe and changing your location.
Lady-friendly: BUMBLE 🐝
Bumble is built similarly to Tinder. Before Tinder updated, Bumble was one of the few apps to show you education + job information. You swipe on Bumble just like with Tinder but for this app, the woman has to message first. If she doesn’t message within 24 hours, the match expires + disappears. They also have A VIBee program if you want even more feature options. Bonus: Bumble is headquartered in Austin.
Friend-friendly: HINGE ⏱
Many people think Hinge is a more relationship focused app than Tinder. The beauty of Hinge is that you are only connected to people that you have friends in common with. One thing that makes Hinge different is that it allows you to have more images, pick pre-set terms that describe yourself like “wine lover” or “movie buff” + like Bumble it times your matches. If neither of you messages within 24 hours, the match disappears. The match also automatically disappears after 14 days. They do this in an effort to get people to take their conversations offline.
The I hate dating apps App: HAPPN 🌎
Happn is a little different from the previous apps. There is no swiping involved. Happn keeps a log of when you cross paths with other Happn users. It shows you in a timeline who you have crossed with + how many times. You can message these people or delete them. Basically, Happn wants to help you connect with people you could be connecting with in real life anyway.
The Anti-tinder: COFFEE MEETS BAGEL ☕️
Most known for its founders turning down $30 million on Shark Tank, Coffee Meets Bagel resists the hookup culture that other apps are faced with. Coffee Meets Bagel serves you one match everyday at noon. You can either like or pass this match within 24 hours. If you both “like” each other, you have 7 days to set up a meet (or exchange numbers) before the chat disappears.
Tinder for famous people: Raya 🎭
Raya is rumored to be where Amy Schumer met her new beau. This app is very exclusive. Unlike most dating apps where you log in through Facebook, Raya uses Instagram. Whether or not you are accepted into the app is determined by your overall influence + a referral from a Raya member. There is also a charge to be on the app. NY Mag has a great review of the exclusive app.
FOR “ELITES” ONLY: THE LEAGUE 🏆
The League may be easier to get on than Raya but it is still very exclusive. The app is for “smart, busy, & ambitious” people. To get on the app, you can apply to be on a waiting list or get a VIP pass from a current member, no biggy. The League relies more on LinkedIn than Facebook. It looks at things like education + work history. The League is expanding to new cities all the time!
The real OG: OKCUPID 💘
Started as a desktop site, the OkCupid app is just an extension of the computer version. The app allows you to message + view potential dates. My understanding is that you don’t “match” on OKCupid the same way you might Tinder or Hinge. You are shown a likelihood of being a match after answer questions about yourself, your lifestyle + your beliefs. Bonus: There is even a polyamorous feature if that’s your thing.
For those really serious: MATCH.COM 💌
Match.com is obviously a website. Match has been in the online dating game before apps even existed. If you are really looking to meet your potential life mate, you’ll be looking at a more serious app like Match. The app is an extension of the website but shares some features of apps like Tinder.
What dating apps do you love? Which do you hate? Let me know in the comment section below! If you are on any dating apps, take a leap today + send a few extra messages. I have good feeling for you!
DISCLAIMER: I have not personally used all of these apps so please let me know if any information is wrong! While all of these apps allow for same-sex matching, this article doesn’t even scratch the surface of app geared towards LGBTQ+ persons or those seeking non-traditional relationships