Just like online dating before it, dating apps started out as a bit of a dirty secret – how many Tinder profiles joke that they’ll want to lie about how you met?
But time and ubiquity have meant that apps like Tinder and Grindr are no longer seen as a source of shame, and they’re just another of the many ways people can try and meet each other in the modern digital age.
Download: i OS / Android Shtick: One match per day 60% female, 40% male / Median age 28 / Largest cities NYC, LA, SF, Chicago, DC, Boston / 95% have bachelor's degree, 24% Masters or higher Another one that prioritizes friends of friends, but with an extra level of gimmickry to try and stop it from running out of matches.
You’ll be served one ‘bagel’ (read: person) each day, in the hopes that it will encourage each of you to give the other your undivided attention for 24 hours.
We’ve waded through the app stores to sort the useful prospects from the wastes of time, and here’s what we found.
Once you connect your Facebook account, it recommends matches you have mutual friends with – letting you know their employment and education, then giving you the chance to chat if you both like each other.
The power is entirely in the girls’ hands – but at least you lose the pressure of coming up with a dazzling opener. All I have to do is swipe on women I'm attracted to and find interesting and eventually some of them message me.
It takes out all of your carefully crafted openers that never get responses from matches that swiped right on you in a drunken stupor or are just looking for validation and not a date.
It's definitely a more detailed experience, with the extra profile information available.
However, in the last 15 or so months it seems people are moving away from this option and gravitating towards the briefer, quantity approach.