Dating apps kind of suck — just ask anyone who’s ever used one — but in an age increasingly dominated by screens, both large and small, there’s no better way to boost your chances in your quest for fun or love.
The stigma toward dating apps is fading, and these apps are quickly becoming the normal way to meet and connect with other single people.
You can like people or message them in a similar fashion to Tinder, but messaging is your better bet: Users can see who has liked them only if they have upgraded to “A-list” status.
Ok Cupid has as many downsides as Tinder, and fewer positive ones, with the exception of learning a lot more about your potential dating partners.
i OS Android If you’re a gay, bi, trans, or queer person, then there’s no better place than Grindr.
It’s the largest LGBTQ social media and dating site out there, and it’s a must-download if you’re looking for that special someone.
The photos are large, the app is — comparatively speaking — svelte, and setting up your profile is pretty painless. Also, no one can message you unless you have also expressed an interest in them, which means you get no unsolicited messages.
Tap the “matches” option to browse, which, oddly, does not show you the people you’ve matched with but rather the people you could potentially match with.
If that interface is too chaotic for you, tap the “quickmatch” option, which restricts the results to photos only.
Once enabled, you can set up a concise profile that consists of a 500-character bio and up to six images (we suggest always including a photo).
You can also link Tinder to your Instagram account, and include info about your employer and/or school. You can tap on the photo to see additional information regarding the person and Facebook friends you share (if you’re logged in through your Facebook account).
Sign-up is easy — you can either choose to enter your details in the old-fashioned way by filling in the form, or you can quickly sign-up with your Facebook account.