Critics like to talk about how smartphones, apps and the Internet are responsible for the alienation and disconnect in modern society, but technology is also really good at bringing people together. Just look at dating apps, making connections with those around you as simple as a swipe on you phone. Check out our top 10 dating, hook-up and meet-up apps that will help you find the Right One… or the Right Now.
Tinder has attracted a lot of attention thanks to how easy it is to set-up and use. All you need to do is log-in with your Facebook account, and Tinder will upload your first name your photos, your interests, and your age from your profile to create a Tinder profile. You can then anonymously browse potential matches near you, swiping right if you’re interested in the person you’re currently seeing, or swiping left if you reject them. You can also tap on their profile picture to see any other photos they have, if mutual friends, or common interests you have. If you both swiped right, Tinder will let you know that it’s a mutual thing, and offers to let you send a message, and maybe set-up a date. Tinder’s received positive reviews thanks to its emphasis on privacy and minimal initial emotional investment, since you only find out about the interested ones without the pain of rejection.
Hinge tries to take the awkward randomness out of meeting people online by making sure that it introduces you to people that you share mutual Facebook friends with, hopefully cutting out the creep factor and trying to make sure that you have a good chance of having people, experiences and interests in common. Users log in with their Facebook accounts, enter preferences, sexual orientation, location and age. Every day at noon, the app supplies you with a field of potential matches. And, of course, because you know friends in common, you’re both more accountable and less likely to act like jerks when faced with the prospect of real world social blowback.
Loveflutter (iOS) (Free)
Tired of superficial dating profile pics? Loveflutter asks users to lead with a quirky or interesting fact about themselves superimposed over a blurred out image, which only reveals more information if you hold on the prospective match’s profile. If the factoid piques your interest, you can drill down to discover mutual friends, matching or similar interests and other info to help you decide whether to like or pass. Loveflutter also tries to be a helpful matchmaker with its Suggest A Date feature, which recommends quirky places nearby to hold a date from a curated list of locations.
Hitch is betting on the adage that “friends know better” by letting your friends set up matches for you. Once users log in with their Facebook accounts, they can then match their friends together through built-in anonymous chat. All you get is the age and gender of your match, as well as the mutual acquaintance that matched you, along with a short message. If you hit it off in the chat, you can send a Reveal Request to find out more about your match. Whether you’re single and looking for a match or somebody looking to play matchmaker for two friends, there’s something for you to love in Hitch.
OKCupid has a reputation as being the most popular data driven dating site, and they have the stats to prove it. The app has, basically, all the functions of their website in mobile form, including building your profile, checking out and rating other profiles, answering quizzes and chatting up potential dates. A welcome feature is the ability to upload photos from your phone directly to your profile, which means that fantastic photo you took with the tiger from the zoo can be immediately set as your profile picture. Just don’t end up on Fedoras of OKCupid, please.