Apps are almost an integral part of dating in modern life, but the sheer number of options can be overwhelming. And it can also be exhausting to swipe through profile after profile. So if you find yourself with a case of Tinder thumb, here are 3 dating apps to try if you're looking for something beyond casual dating.
Founded by Whitney Wolfe, Bumble set out to be a more feminist-friendly version of the dating app giant, Tinder. The ball is in the woman’s court when it comes to starting a conversation, as she’s only able to message first. Guys tend to like this feature too as it means the pressure is taken off them to make that impact and first impression.
It’s similar to Tinder in how you get matches. You use Facebook to sync it up, create your profile and then swipe left for no and right for yes and get your matches based on who swipes right to you.
Once you match, it’s up to the woman to message first and start the conversation. She only has a 24 hour window to do this otherwise the match is lost. And then the man has 24 hours to respond to her message before the match is lost. What’s great about this is it creates a sense of urgency and starts conversations quickly, avoiding having loads of matches yet…silence!
The main app is free but Bumble also has other paid fun features such as Bumble Boost, which pre-populates your queue with people who've already liked you, so all you have to do is say yes.
Like Tinder and Bumble, Hinge works in the same way to get matches but limits your potential matches to 20 people per day because they are focused on serious relationships, not casual dating. This can be great because it avoids mindless swiping and encourages you to really think about who you’re swiping yes or no to! It works with the swipe left, swipe right format and shows you people that you’re loosely connected with through Facebook. Once you’ve matched you both have two weeks to start a conversation before the match disappears.
Hinge relaunched recently as The Relationship App, so it's definitely a good one to try if you've experienced the dating apocalypse (a term coined by them) and you're looking for like-minded people.
One of the most established and trusted dating sites and apps out there, eHarmony is great if you are looking for a more in-depth approach to online dating.
When you’ve downloaded the app, you sign up and complete the Relationship Questionnaire, which goes into a lot more detail than most apps. These questions are about you and what you’re looking for in a partner. After receiving your tailored Personality Profile, you can then begin matching with people. The app lets you know if you’ve received ‘a smile’, where someone shows interest or if you’ve had a message.
eHarmony is unique in the way that you don’t search for other members like most other dating apps. They do all the searching for you based on your questionnaire answers and send you carefully selected compatible matches straight to your phone. From there you can look at their profiles and start messaging straightaway.
So although eHarmony takes a bit more time and commitment than some of the other apps, it focuses on true compatibility, and attracts people who are more likely to be looking for a serious relationship.
We hope you enjoy using the apps and happy dating!