We have officially entered the era of the dating app - it seems there is no fighting it. With our whole lives taking an online presence its no great surprise that people have turned to the convenience of an app to meet potential beaus. It all started with Tinder and love it or loathe it the swipe right app comes with a dose of controversy. From the how was your weekend loops to shirtless selfies and the downright cringe-worthy sexual IM’s, we say clear the table and make way for these alternative dating apps to get Tinder right out of your life…
Hinge is not for the faint of heart, if you trying to keep your dating life on the down-low then maybe this isn’t the one for you. Hinge matches you with your Facebook friends social circle – guessing probably rightly that you may share the same interests. This is amazing for feeling like you aren’t meeting complete strangers but also can feel a little close to home. However, if you have had your eye on a pal of a pal for a while but don’t know how to make the inroad, this could be your invite.
Consistently hailed as the feminist-friendly dating app, people love Bumble because it centres around women making the first move. Women message first and if there’s no response the message disappears in 24 hours. Sometimes, the 24-hour rule doesn’t work out that well – you could miss out on your soulmate by being away from your phone or out of network coverage. But the overall theme is great and there’s even a bumble for growing friendship networks.
Coffee Meets Bagel
If you are finally through with judging a book by its cover then Coffee Meets Bagel will fill that hole in your heart (no pun intended). There’s a limited pool of matches but that actually works in its favour as you don’t need to worry about repetitive strain injury from consistently swiping left or right. Matches are suggested based on personal algorithms, geography and interests so you are definitely working within a field of quality over quantity.
How About We
This adorable app is less about intended hookup culture and more about meeting new people and doing fun things. You use your profile to offer up adventures in your area that you would love some company on; from coffee meet-ups to cocktails, film showings and museum wandering. There’s also a dating map that helps you pin down who is up for playing out within your area at any given time.
For those individuals out there who want a dedicated space to connect with other queer women, HER makes for an amazing place to play. While Tinder and the like can be very binary centric and Grindr doesn’t open it up enough, HER is inclusive of many different gender and sexual identities. They take safety seriously and you can report profiles of straight men and couples to keep this a closed community that doesn’t compromise on diversity.
Which dating apps are making your list? Share any we missed in the comments.