Traditional dating has almost gotten out sync with modern life where almost everybody is occupied with work for the better part of the day. This has seen people turn to online dating to find a matching special one. In the same light, many dating apps have been developed to ease the problem, each one of these targeting different aspects of dating. We sampled tens of dating apps from across popular app stores to bring you a list of the top 4 dating apps. Read on to find which best suits you.
Tinder is undoubtedly the most popular dating app in the world over. After re-aligning the dating scene to the now hook up inclined matchmaking, Tinder brought the famous right-swipe used by daters to express interest in one another. Like other dating services, you must be 18 and over to sign up. The signup process is easy and allows linking your Instagram account and identifying it with your school or employer. One key feature is that tinder does not allow out-of-the-blue messages and users do not have to confront strangers they have no interest in. The free version is good to experiment with but the paid subscription plans offer more advanced features.
Plenty of fish
Plenty of fish boasts a large user base composed largely of users under 40 years of age. With a large user base and efficient matchmaking mechanisms, a user is more likely to get a match within 24 hours of registration which is a bit ahead of what many apps can achieve. The app also uses user location to find and match them with other users residing in the same area. This can also be leveraged when you intend to move or simply travel to a new area even though not permanently. The app is free to use in all aspects but is considered best for the non-aggressive type willing to take some time.
Bumble is made with convenience in mind and aims to connect users in the same hood if possible. With Bumble you can either choose to look for dates or new friendships (BFF) within your area. It is unique from other apps in that queens are expected to make the first move (or just anybody in other types of relations). Connections in bumble are treated as urgent and disappear after 24 hours. Users have to act fast if they are interested. A bumble upgrade package costs between $2.99 and $8.99 and opens up video and voice chat features.
This is probably the world’s largest LGBTQ friendly social media and dating app. It allows users to sign up easily using Facebook or the normal form-filling route. The profile requirements are minimal with emphasis on user interests. Users can then look up people in their area or other specific areas. The free account is limited to only 100 profile views but this can be changed through Grindr extra or Grindr unlimited subscription plans that sell at $20 and $25 respectively.
Special Mention: Facebook dating
Facebook has launched an opt-in dating service aimed at helping people to get into long-term relationships as opposed to hook-ups. The service is offered through the Facebook app and therefore utilizes Facebook’s tons of data to predict a match. The dating profile will be different from the normal Facebook profile and the service will only suggest matches from among people you already know if you choose to use the Secret crush feature. With the secret crush feature, a user can select a maximum of nine Facebook friends or Instagram followers who they have interest in. This action must be reciprocated by a user on the other end for two to be considered a match. At the time of writing this article, Facebook Dating is only available in a few select countries but is expected to reach other countries in phases.