There are enough dating apps available that if you just play the numbers, your failures will eventually lead to success. It’s a golden age for online dating. Each app has its own flavour and upon each you will meet girls looking for different things. Are you after a date or a hook-up? Are you looking for long-term love, or a night of lust?
According to the Pew Research Centre, the majority of people now say online dating is a great way to meet people. And everyone is getting amongst it, usage between 18 to 24 year olds has tripled, while those aged between 55 and 64 years of age report a 6 percent jump, to a total of 12 percent of oldies giving it a crack. We’d like to see if Viagra sales have increased, but we were unable to find the data [For those who simply must know: Viagra revenue has actually fallen consistently over the past few years. Though this probably has to do with Pfizer’s patent for the drug expiring in a number of countries – Ed.].
Predictably, as the perception of online dating changes, and the market continues to grow, more apps are popping up and vying for your swipe-time. A lot has changed since Tinder and Plenty of Fish, so which are the best new contenders for you to consider?
With over 40 million users, Happn is the second largest dating app in the world. Happn’s selling point is that it matches you with people you’ve passed on the street, which is a great way to strike up conversation with ice-breakers like, “Hey, who are you and why are you following me?”
Like Tinder, once the two of you have liked each other, or if you send a “charm” to someone’s inbox, you can strike up a conversation and let the magic happen.
On the flip side, if you do get a stalker, you know they’re going to be close to your location, which could make things uncomfortable. If on the other hand, the stalker is you…
Pros: Passing someone on the street makes for exciting conversation.
Cons: If the match doesn’t work out, it could lead to uncomfortable future situations if you frequent the same spots.
Is it just us, or do the females on Bumble seem to be a little… hotter, than other dating apps? Yes, it’s a thing, and there is a reason for it. Unlike the others, Bumble requires women to make the first move before you can talk to them. This is significant. The current problem for online dating with women on apps like Tinder is that it’s much like visiting a meat market and having every vendor not only show you his wares, but also try to force them down your throat. Sure, the free food is good for a while, but after a while, you want to be a bit more discerning. The good thing about Bumble is that if a woman contacts you, well, she contacted you. She’s probably interested – try not to f*ck it up!
Pros: Women initiate conversation, so you only spend time chatting with people who have shown interest in you.
Cons: You must swipe and wait for someone to contact you.
Is your dating game slower than Schapelle Corby’s travels across Bali? Then perhaps it’s time you let your mate do it for you – with Wingman. We all know how well it works out when your mates get a hold of your phone and log onto your Facebook account, so let’s extend that concept to online dating. Once nominated, Wingman gives your friend control of the matches you make – they then have permission to swipe on your behalf, making the process completely invisible to you, unless you get a match. This is great if you don’t handle rejections too well, or your mate just loves swiping. The con – your mate could well end up banging the chick he was meant to be hooking you up with.
Pros: An unusual concept which gives a fun angle to online dating.
Cons: You’re unable to choose your own matches.