The dating scene can really take it out of you. Whether you’re set up by a mutual friend or meet on the Internet, it’s easy to feel lost in the dating world. Fortunately, social media has made it easier, but dating apps come their own complications and stresses.
A big problem with online dating is the time it takes to set up and maintain your profiles. Although online dating has become part of the norm, you may be worried about any remaining stigma. Luckily, most dating sites now have apps that help you discreetly check your profiles on up-to-date smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. These phones are large enough for you to browse the site, but small enough to keep your business private.
Now that you have the right tools, regain control of your romantic life with these dating apps:
Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel takes the stress out of the more typical search-and-like app. CMB sends you a notification at noon everyday of a tailored match who shares your interests and some Facebook friends. You can then “like” or “pass” on the person’s profile. The person you see in this daily message also sees your profile. If both of you “like” each other, then a private chat box will open for you and your match. You can then plan out a date or just get to know each other better through text.
Hinge is an app that cuts out as much of the creep factor as possible. This app connects you with people you share interests and Facebook friends with. The mutual Facebook friend situation helps cut out the creep factor because anyone who uses this app must deal with any social blowback if things don’t work out. Just like CMB, Hinge presents you with potential matches once a day, but unlike CMB, it gives you a variety of people instead of just one match.
Hitch turns the concept of the dating app on its head. Hitch doesn’t let you pick your own matches, but instead lets your friends pick them. The idea isn’t much different than that of Hinge because friends of friends will probably get along. When a friend links you with a match, you receive an anonymous chat box and a small introductory message. After you chat for a bit, if you are still interested in the person, you can request a reveal of the other person’s profile. This system cuts down on the shallowness of Internet dating.
How About We
Don’t swipe left or right ever again with How About We. For this app, you start by writing up a description of your ideal first date. Whether you want to grab a cup of coffee or think an afternoon in a bookstore is romantic, let other users know what you want. Then, you can browse other people’s ideas for dates and message them if your interests line up.