Which Dating App are You?

Let’s face it, we’re in the age of all things digital, and that includes dating. Don’t fight the feeling; today there’s an app for every kind of dater. Which one are you?



 

Let’s face it, we’re in the age of all things digital, and that includes dating. Don’t fight the feeling; today there’s an app for every kind of dater. Which one are you?

 

 

   FOR THOSE WHO HAVE CHANGED THEIR WAYS

 ​  TINDER
   If you’re a reformed serial dater, then you might find solace in the app that set off the dating app craze. Just like you, the once heavily criticized hook-up app has shed its  playa playa ways after doing some soul-searching, and is now a solid scape for finding long-lasting love. Who says people can’t change?

Pros: Endless profile swiping till the break of dawn, enhanced profile features, likelihood of long-distance relationships and even marriage.

Cons: Forgetting who you’ve already swiped can be a bummer, and torso shots are still a thing.

 

 

FOR THE WOMAN WHO KNOWS WHAT SHE WANTS

 ​  BUMBLE
  This app understands who runs the world (girls, duh!) and its model is geared toward women who love the thrill of the chase. Once matched, it’s up to the woman to make the first move by messaging first. And an added bonus: for girls searching girls, it allows either to message first.

Pros: Women can go after what they want and guys who dig that can reap the benefits. Plus, if you’re just looking for a bestie, there’s a setting for that, too.

Cons: Profiles are short and get recycled, and passive men also adore this app.

 

 

FOR THOSE TIRED OF THE GAMES

 ​  COFFEE MEETS BAGEL
  Dating apps can leave you jaded, so for those done with playing the profile game, Coffee Meets Bagel is a godsend. No swipe game here, folks, just a few quality curated matches a day. Once matched, you have a 24-hour window to communicate and from there, you have a week to swap contact info, which is the perfect nudge for those tied down by “what-ifs.”

Pros: No getting overwhelmed by countless profiles, and having icebreakers on your page (which matches can see) helps you decide if you’re compatible before the first date.

Cons: Coffee beans, which are earned and bought, are used to discover people outside your curated choices. Also, the “bagels” might not match your specifics. And if they do, chances are they’re located in another city. 

 

 

FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A LITTLE VARIETY

 ​  GRINDR
  Like Tinder, the largest social networking app for gay, bi, trans and queer people once had a reputation for feeding into hookup culture, but it’s evolving. While originally geared toward men, it is now more inclusive, allowing non-binary, trans and even straight women to join – much to the chagrin of some male users. 

Pros: Great for networking and finding your type through customized searches. 

Cons: Adding women to the mix can potentially take up valuable real estate.

 

 

FOR THE HOPELESS ROMANTIC

 ​  HAPPN
   Think you missed a meet-cute with the love of your life at Starbucks this morning? Dance all night and forget to get her number? Never fear, Happn’s here. Using GPS, this app tracks your whereabouts to within 250 meters and presents you with a selection of users you might have passed throughout the day. Happily ever after here you come.

Pros: You can live out your favorite romcom. Let’s just hope they’re that into you.

Cons: In-app purchases and knowing your phone is tracking you for love can come off as a bit creepy.

 

 

FOR THOSE SEEKING LONG-TERM COMPANIONSHIP

 ​  MATCH
   One of the most popular apps in the online dating game, Match has given new hope to the saying “there’s plenty of fish in the sea” with its claims of having the most dates, relationships and marriages of any app on the market. A membership is required to play, but that means only the serious daters need apply.

Pros: Longevity and an app that’s feature-rich.

Cons: A subscription is required to join the party, which can get a bit pricey. There have also been some complaints of scam bots. And you also learn that those boys who liked to play the field when you were in high school are still doing the same crap now.

 

 

FOR THE CHEMISTRY BUFFS

 ​  OKCUPID
   Chemistry in a relationship is everything, and OkCupid knows this. Here, you can tailor your preferences to a T, from religion and transportation to kids and frequent use of party-starters. There’s also a questionnaire where you can describe your favorite date or things to do. One-liner entries need not apply.

Pros: Knowing how compatible you are with your caller before you answer that message can bring your potential  failed ever-after to a halt.

Cons: The impending removal of usernames. And though you limit your pool to the metro, a profile from California might squeeze through the cracks.

 

 

FOR THE CASUAL DATER OR REVISITING THAT SCHOOLYARD CRUSH

 ​  DOWN
   Sometimes you want to cut to the chase. No muss, no fuss, no small talk. Enter Down, which plays matchmaker with your Facebook friend list. The app “sets the mood” for you by having you swipe up for “get date,” down for — well you get the idea — and left to pass. And if you want to increase your chances, the app will send an anonymous text to get that special someone to download the app.

Pros: You can drop a hint to Andrew from grade school who finally grew into his rabbit teeth.

Cons: Sending that anonymous text to a friend makes way for plenty of harsh jokes on your single friends. And your “get down” pool consists of Facebook friends and your mutual friends. Yep, it’s as messy as you think it sounds.