Gone are the days where you have to actually get out of your room to find your perfect match. Mobile devices and location sensing apps have brought dating, literally, to your fingertips. And with Valentine’s Day tomorrow, here are six apps that will get you your next date. You better have a good line, because there are less than 24 hours to find your Valentine.
Note that majority of dating apps will ask you to use your Facebook account to build your user profile. Otherwise, you have to manually fill it out. Also, there are several apps that have in-app purchases to unlock special features. Let’s get to it.
The notorious dating app that started them all, Tinder. Its iconic interface has been replicated in most dating apps. If you both swipe right, It’s a match! Tinder is all about snap judgments.
Coffee meets Bagel
With Coffee Meets Bagel, it’s all about quality. At noon every day, you’re only “bagel” arrives. Here’s the catch, though, you only have 24 hours to decide if you want to eat your bagel. If you both end up liking each other, you’re put in a chat room for a brief seven-day period. Fun fact: Coffee Meets Bagel was on Shark Tank and shot down a $30 million-dollar buyout offer from Mark Cuban.
Tired of getting those creepy messages from guys? Look no further. Bumble’s claim to fame is that woman have to message first. Just like Coffee meets Bagel, she only has 24 hours to decide if you’re worth it or not. Bumble also has a friend feature for people not looking for dates. Watch out for those Queen Bees.
I can’t decide if this is creepy or not. Happn uses your location and matches you with people you’ve crossed paths with in those locations. Every time you cross paths with someone in real life, their profile will appear on your timeline. You can even see the number of times you’ve been around someone. As well as the last time and place you both were in the same place. Is this considered stalking, or . . . ?
If similar music interests are important to you, try Tastebuds. On Tastebuds people make connections based on their favorite music. The app scans your iTunes library and you can select music and artists you like when you setup your profile. The app then shows you people whose musical tastes are similar to yours. If you have similar taste in music, you can introduce yourself to someone by sending them a song. I hope you have an iPhone because it’s iOS only.
Hinge has a concept that eliminates most fears of dating apps. Your matches share mutual Facebook friends with you. This takes away the awkward randomness out of meeting random people online. Scared of jerks or random weirdos? Not anymore. Users log in via Facebook accounts, enter some preferences, and viola. Every day at noon, Hinge releases several potential matches.
And there you have it. Now get on your phone, download some apps, and find your Valentine! Happy hunting . . . I mean “Good luck!”
By: Alex Siminoff