The stigma that was once attached to online dating has well and truly disappeared – in fact, you’re more likely to raise eyebrows if you’re single and not on any dating apps.
Recent years have seen an explosion of dating apps, and there seem to be incredibly niche ones launching every day. For some people, swiping through fellow singles and potential romantic partners is merely a bit of fun and a way to entertain themselves during TV ad breaks.
The app also tells you how many times you’ve crossed paths with each person, meaning you quickly learn who your neighbours are (I have in the past recognised a man in my street and been unable to place him before realising I’d seen him on Bumble and we’d crossed paths 167 times).We noticed both a different type of person and questions on Match compared to the likes of Tinder and Bumble.This is an app for people really looking for relationships.We have been on many dates and our phone has been pinging with notifications non-stop (trying to keep conversations going with lots of different men is actually quite the commitment – some dating apps are high-maintenance.) All the apps allow you to search for men, women or both, with all of them available on i OS devices, most on Android and some for Windows Phone, too. Tinder: Free Possibly the best-known dating app of them all, Tinder is most people’s first port-of-call when entering the world of dating apps.It’s super quick to join – you simply upload some photos and an optional bio, set your age and distance preferences, and away you go, swiping left or right on potential suitors.The idea behind it is to save women from receiving leering advances or cringey chat-up lines from men, and it also takes the pressure off guys to start conversations.There’s a twist though: after you match, you only have 24 hours to start the conversation, otherwise he’ll disappear forever.Download for i OS, Android or Windows Phone The Verdict: Dating apps It’s the biggest player on the dating app scene for a reason, and purely for likelihood of actually going out on dates, Tinder has to be the winner.It’s easy to use, people actually have conversations and considering so many of us are on it, the chances of finding someone you like are actually pretty high.As one of the most popular apps, your pool is likely to be huge and people do actually have conversations on Tinder – in our experience, it’s the app that leads to the most actual dates too.However there are also plenty of people using Tinder just for hook-ups.