Are you single and ready to mingle? you may be searching for warmth, human connection and a partner who’s down to spend a lazy weekend rewatching Game of Thrones. And what better place is there to find deep, meaningful companionship than on the internet?
Some are looking for a fun time, some are looking for their next long term relationship. Some are trying out online dating for the first time, while others are seasoned pros. Some are just getting back into the dating game.
The Best Dating Sites of 2019
Bumble is basically Tinder for women… and on a timer. Bumble requires women to message first and if the guy doesn’t message back within 24 hours, he loses the potential match. Because that’s the one thing my love life was really missing… arbitrary time limits.
The timer is designed to encourage contact, and some people really do appreciate that feature. But if you’re someone who procrastinates, Bumble may not be for you. Also because women must message first, Bumble tends to weed out the slightly more insecure males.
Whether you’re looking for a hookup or an LTR (long-term relationship), Tinder has you covered. It’s basically the first stop for those entering the dating world. If you want to play the odds when it comes to online dating, you need to be swiping where everyone’s swiping.
On the upside, the profiles are brief, which allows you to make decisions quickly. The downside is that short profiles make it harder to figure out what people are looking for. Knowing very little about a person can also make initial messaging more challenging.
Hinge focuses on common connections that you and a potential partner share on Facebook. Which is great if you trust the judgment of your friends and family. Of course, some of us are trying to meet new people, far removed from our everyday lives.
(Hinge may have come to understand that since you no longer need Facebook to sign up.) The app also asks questions to help you match with better connections, which can be a plus for serious relationship seekers.
7. Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel hopes to offer users better-quality matches by sending curated matches, or “bagels,” each day at noon. They suggest ice-breakers for first messages, and the profiles are more in-depth than Tinder. For people who like a little extra hand-holding, CMB isn’t the worst option. However, I found the app confusing to use, with too many features and too many gimmicks. I shouldn’t have to look up online tutorials to figure out how to use a dating app. And why call matches Bagels?
I was also disappointed with the notifications, which I found too pushy. CMB was constantly “gently” reminding me to message users I’d matched with.
Happn matches you with people who are located nearby. It’s a cool concept and helpful for people who want to meet someone in a more organic manner. That said, I’ve never met a single person who actually uses the app.
After signing up, Happn showed me, 68 users, it said I had crossed paths within the preceding three hours, though I hadn’t left my apartment all day. This might be helpful if you’re looking to date your immediate neighbors (or Uber drivers),
5. The League
The League is an “elite dating app” that requires you to apply — and supply your job title, college and LinkedIn profile. Big cities tend to have long waiting lists, so you might find yourself twiddling your thumbs as your application is reviewed. (Of course, you can pay to expedite the process.)
The exclusivity can be a draw for some and a turnoff for others, but I’ll let you in on a secret: I’ve seen most of the profiles I come across on The League on other dating apps,
Most dating apps are fairly LGBTQ inclusive. Still, it’s nice to have an app to call your own. Her is tailored to lesbian, bisexual and queer women. It’s a worthy notion — but the app has some bugs and glitches that made it frustrating to use.
Most of my queer female friends have told me they found the app “just OK,” and that they usually end up back on Tinder or Bumble. Still, I checked it regularly for some time and had a few pleasant conversations with actual human beings.
Clover tried to be the on-demand version of online dating, letting you order a date much like you would a pizza. It also provides numeric match predictions based on compatibility, though it isn’t entirely clear how those numbers are calculated.
I was on Clover for quite some time but had since forgotten it existed until I started to compile this list. It strikes me as a less-successful hybrid of OkCupid and Tinder with a relatively small user base,
2. Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish launched in 2003 — and it shows. The problem I come across over and over again is that POF is filled with bots and scams, even though it may have the most users of any dating app. POF’s issues don’t mean you won’t be able to find love on it, but the odds might be stacked against you. Unless you’re into dating bots.
Match has a free version, but the general consensus is that you’ll need a paid subscription to have any luck. That’s a hangover from the early days of online dating when paying for a membership to a site meant you were serious about settling down.
But my friends and I have long since come to the conclusion that you might be a little too eager to find a significant other if you’re paying to get dates, particularly given the abundance of free dating apps. There are definitely paid features on some dating apps that are worth the price, but I’ve yet to be able to justify shelling out cash for love.