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.Download: i OS / Android Shtick: Tinder-style swiping with advanced filtering options for paid members 12 million users The online dating giant has thrown its weight into the app arena.It’s a condensed version of the main site, with the app-ready ‘Quick Match’ feature, essentially offering a Tinder-style stream of photos for you to rate on the fly.Of course, that flies in the face of the old adage that dating is a numbers game – with only one potential match each day, it could be a while before you find someone you really get along with, especially if you’re looking for long-term prospects.You also pick up ‘beans’ (read: points) for joining the app, getting friends to join, promoting it on social media and more.Download: i OS / Android Shtick: Shows you people you've crossed paths with in real life 8.2 millions users worldwide / 850,000 US users / Biggest city being NYC with 230,000 users Outside of Tinder and Grindr, Happn has a claim to being the most popular of the app-only options out there.
I've chatted with many and met a couple of women through Hinge.
Download: i OS / Android / Windows Shtick: Shows you 12 daily matches that are in your Facebook social circle (friends of friends, etc.) Hinge users are 99% college educated, 90% are between 23-36 / Most popular industries include banking, consulting, media and fashion / Live in 38 cities total / 99% of downloads are coming from word-of-mouth. Hinge is one of a clutch of apps that try to leverage your existing social network.
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.
There’s also their paid service, A-list, which offers a few perks, including loads more filtering options, including attractiveness, body type and the answers to certain questions, making it a lot easier to avoid bad matches.
Of the main web-based dating sites (Match, e Harmony), Ok Cupid's user base and app balance the best of features and matches.