Maybe you’ve been swiping for months or perhaps your coffee has yet to meet a nice bagel. Well-known dating apps are notorious for being oversaturated with folks who may not be looking for the quite the same things that you are. Due to Tinder’s popularity, there’s a number of alternatives that are both free and utilize its same familiar interface. Depending on your priorities when it comes to dating, there’s likely to be an app developed specifically for what you’re looking for. You never know where you’re going to meet your match.
For the women who want to make the first move
If you’re a woman who’s tired of getting harassed online, Bumble offers a bit of relief in that in male to female matches, only women can message first. Not only that, but if you don’t message a match within twenty-four hours, that match will disappear. This can help to keep things from getting too overwhelming. Bumble is also unique in that it’s popular to use in order to find friends; not just romantic partners.
For your dream meet cute
The basis of Happn is that it only shows you people who have come within a 250-meter radius of you, making it easier to match with those who you might have had a brief encounter with. In spite of the somewhat intimidating big brother aspect of this app, it can be a helpful tool to use for those food-court crushes. At the very least, you know that you’ll be dating someone close by, which makes things extra convenient.
For when you want something serious
How about we
Undeniably original in its premise, How About We is an app that focuses on the actual first date rather than the people you match with. While this app is not one that it used a by a lot of people, this can be a plus if you’re looking for something more serious. It also caters to a more creative crowd of potential suitors that are willing to meet, which isn’t always the case with classic dating apps such as OkCupid. The interface is simple, and makes for positive and unique experiences.
For the music nerds
If you can’t imagine dating someone who doesn’t like the same music as you, then Tastebuds has you covered. Matches are based on those who share similar music tastes, which can be a huge plus if music is an important thing in your life. Even though a massive playlist might not give you the most holistic picture of someone’s personality or your compatibility with them, it can always be a great way to find people to go to shows or gigs with.
For the social media obsessed
Even though this app is similar to Tinder in most ways, it pulls more information from your social media to make a better match. Tweets and interests make it feel a bit less shallow than just scrolling through someone’s Instagram, and the aim of Loveflutter is to give you a better idea of who the person is based on their online activity. While this could potentially be seen as a bit creepy, it’s definitely more thorough than a gallery of profile pictures.