Gone are the days of going out to look for suitable dating partners. Dating apps have changed the way people find a suitable match. Millennials, Gen Z, and even some of the boomers can be found swiping on these apps. These apps have changed the entire dynamics and rules of the dating world. Right swipe and left swipe have become the new slangs for acceptance or rejection. But with so many apps in the wild, it becomes confusing as to which app to use. We take a look at some of the popular dating apps today. Perhaps you’ll find the one which is right for you.
Tinder is probably the oldest and hence most popular app in the online dating realm. It came out in 2012 and now has over 57 million users. It is still the biggest name in this space.
The way Tinder works in that it gives each user a limited number of right swipes on a daily basis. Users are then showed profiles of other users. On a profile, a user has the option of uploading up to 10 pictures and a bio describing himself/herself. On seeing a profile a user can either right swipe, left swipe, or super-like. On the free version, each user gets one super-like for a day. The difference between super-like and right swipe is that super-like lets the other person know about you super-liking their profile. On the free version, you can’t find out who right-swiped you until you match with them. Two users match if both of them have right-swiped on each other’s profile. After matching Tinder lets to send messages and have a conversation.
Tinder also lets you connect to other apps like Spotify and Instagram. This lets you show your tops songs and images from these apps as a part of your bio. Tinder is also testing features like in-app video chats and in-app trivia quizzes for its app.
Tinder also offers Tinder Plus and Tinder Gold which work on a paid subscription model. By going for the paid version you get additional features such as unlimited likes and additional super likes, boosts that show your profile on the top for a limited time, Tinder passport to match with people anywhere in the world. Tinder Gold also lets you see the list of people who have right-swiped on your profile, saving you the time spent in aimless searching.
Tinder, unfortunately, isn’t very highly rated among the general public now. It has recently has acquired the image of being a ‘hook-up app’ rather than being an actual dating app. Nevertheless, many people still use Tinder as a synonym for online dating which goes to show the impact of the app.
Hinge is another dating app that has been on the rise. Contrary to Tinder, Hinge is considered to be an app for building meaningful connections. The tagline of the app is ‘designed to be deleted’ and the app is more relationship-focused than its competitors.
Hinge lets you answer three questions out of their set of interesting questions on your profile. Hinge does not have an explicit bio section. A profile on Hinge is a mix of pictures and questions answered by the user. These questions could range from “What am I looking for” to “Give me travel trips for”. Recently, along with your pictures, Hinge has started giving the option of a prompt for each image. These prompt messages are displayed along with the image. On your profile you can also answer things like how often do you drink, the religion you follow, etc.
You can like other people’s profile and that lets them know that you have liked them. They can match back with you by the click of a button. As compared to the right-swipes on tinder, the number of likes you get on Hinge is less. Like Tinder, Hinge also lets you connect your profile to Instagram.
Hinge also has an algorithm that identifies the people you would be most compatible with and lets you match with them. To learn your preferences hinge has a feature of ‘We met’. This feature lets hinge know if you actually went out with the person you matched with.
Hinge as an app believes that it is meant to be deleted, suggesting that people will find a person to be in a meaningful relationship with and hence delete the app. Hinge also offers a paid membership that lets you filter people according to certain preferences.
Bumble is another dating app that can be seen gaining a lot of traction recently. Bumble is different from the other two in many aspects. Bumble offers three modes of forming connections.
Bumble Date: This is the dating mode, where people can match with intention of being in a romantic relationship.
“On Bumble Date, women make the first move. We’ve changed the archaic rules of the dating game so that you can form meaningful relationships in a respectful way.” says the app. Allowing women to make the first move is the key USP of the app. When you and another person both swipe right for each other, you match and then the female has 24 hours to make the first move and message.
Bumble BFF: Bumble is for making new friends and expanding your circle. This is one of the very few apps that cater to the people who are going online to make new friends. This feature is helpful for people who are moving to a new city and are looking for people to be friends with.
Bumble Bizz: Bumble offers the Bizz mode which is a great networking tool to meet people who have a similar professional interest. Bumble Bizz is used by people to network, find mentors, and create new career opportunities.
In fact, Bumble’s tagline is Meet, Date & Network. Bumble also offers a paid subscription package called Bumble boost that makes your profile more discoverable. Bumble was in the news in India sometime back when the actress Priyanka Chopra invested into the app. Being a female-friendly app has let to a lot of publicity for the app with the app also being considered by many as a “feminist Tinder.”
In conclusion, even though all of these are dating apps, each of them actually target a different niche. If you are someone who wants to find a romantic partner and build a meaningful connection then Hinge is for you. If you are someone who is looking for new friends or people with a similar interest you should hop on to Bumble. Maybe you are the casual kind and don’t want anything too serious, Tinder’s got you covered. All these apps are available on iOS and Android for free.