Thought having a cheeky swipe on Tinder was the only way to find love online? Think again. With Hinge, OKCupid, The League, Reya, Grindr, Thrinder, Happn, Sparkology, JSwipe and Blume, no matter who you are, or what you’re looking for, these days there’s a dating app for everyone. But what do they all do? And which one is going to score you the most dates?
The Observer spoke with singles and couples to find out which apps to take seriously when looking for love, with some interesting results.
One couple, who met on Tinder because they “didn’t have to fill out an extensive profile”, are coming up to their one year anniversary and are soon to move in together. Another online dater preferred Tinder over OKCupid, because “Tinder makes me feel like I have more control. I don’t like the fact that anyone on OKCupid can message you, without you expressing any interest.” If messaging is the problem, dating app Bumble is an interesting alternative as it’s based around women messaging first.
One woman interviewed said,”It feels like a lot of people on Tinder are always thinking that a better match might be just a few swipes away.” So if Tinder isn’t the best dating app after all, what about the rest?
Hinge allows you to select tags to tell the world who you are and lists ideal date spots in case you’re on to a winner, The League is for professionals who want to keep their dating life private, Thrinder is (you guessed it) Tinder for seeking threesomes, Sparkology helps you find university grads and ‘meaningful interactions’, JSwipe is a Jewish dating app and Blume is a way to meet people through selfies.
While old school dating sites still exist for those pursuing long-term, serious relationships, the demand for dating with ‘no strings attached’ makes these options less appealing. But with so much choice, how is one to know which dating app is the best? More specific apps mean less swiping, but less choice so it really depends on your intentions and what you’re looking for. We suggest giving them all a go, or alternatively, getting off your phone and meeting someone in real life the old fashioned way.