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Top 5 Dating Apps + A Bonus

 

1. Tinder

 

Tinder is a geo-locational dating application that uses Facebook and matches mutually interested users into a chat.

Tinder is the most notable dating app. To date, Tinder has made over 10 billion matches. [1] And if you’re a millennial, then you’re in luck. According to comScore, 79% of Tinder users are millennials! [2]

Tinder pulls your information, such as age, school, occupation, and location as well as your photos straight from Facebook (But don’t worry–they’ll never post anything to your FB page.)

Tinder offers a freemium model. You have a limited number of swipes every day and one super Super Like per day. A Super Like is used when you have strong interest in your potential match, using these likes sparingly. The Tinder Plus subscription is $9.99 for users under 28 and $19.99 for users over 28. Tinder plus allows unlimited swiping and 5 Super Likes every day.

Pros:

  • Everyone you know is on it.
  • Great way to date when you move to a new city.  
  • Tinder Plus allows you to change your location.
  • Tinder Plus Rewind feature if you accidentally swiped left on a match.
  • Can send emojis.

Cons:

  • Typically known as a hookup app.
  • Has a price tag as opposed to many of the other dating apps.
  • Guys often swipe right on every girl.
  • Many Tinder bots.

 

2. Bumble

 

The woman must make the first move and initiate a conversation within 24 hours, or the connection disappears.

Similar to Tinder in terms of swiping right or left, the one big difference is that girls initiate the conversation. If you’re matched into a conversation, the girl has 24 hours to message you or the private chat disappears. It is considered to be a more serious app than Tinder, which is often looked at as a hookup app. Like Tinder, Bumble pulls your information from your Facebook.

Even the most experienced online dater can make a misstep and swipe left when they meant right. Thankfully for those times, Bumble offers a really cool feature called Backtrack, which is identical to the paid Tinder Plus rewind feature. Each user is offered three FREE backtracks, which then replenish after 3 hours.

Women make the first move.

That’s right. Men are not even permitted to speak to a woman unless she decides to message him first. Another distinctive feature of Bumble is that you don’t have an opportunity to sit around twiddling your thumbs. Women only have 24 hours to message their guy after the initial match is made. To make it easier, Bumble keeps all of your matches in a pool for you with a clear countdown of the remaining time.

Pros:

  • For the more serious type and is less creepy than Tinder.
  • Girls initiate the conversation.

Cons:

  • You have to check your matches daily or you may miss out since you have only 24 hours or your match disappears.

 

 

3. Coffee Meets Bagel

 

Coffee Meets Bagel is an online dating app, where you get 1+ match, “bagel”, a day.

Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) has the feel of Tinder, but offers more insight into your potential match.  Every day you get 1-10 matches, “bagels”, that you can either pass or like. Aside from swipe right or left, you can browse and “take a bagel” with your “beans”. When you do this, you will go into their next batch of bagels they could select from.  You can accumulate beans through your activity on the app or you can purchase them at the bean store. The app also offers Photo Lab, which allows you to have two profile photos rated by the community. However, the only way you can see the results is through spending your beans.

Coffee Meets Bagel helps you break the ice with your bagel by throwing out questions, such as “What would you rather be doing right this second?” After a week, CMB will ask if you would like to extend your match, so you can finally take your date offline and meet in-person.

Pros:

  • Helps you break the ice.
  • 1-10 “bagels” a day. Don’t have to spend much time on the app.

Cons:

  • Would like to see new innovative features.

 

 

4. OkCupid

 

OkCupid is a free online dating, friendship, and social networking website that features member-created quizzes and multiple-choice questions.

Unlike the swipe right or left, OkCupid is more of a traditional dating website. That is not to say it doesn’t stack up with the competition. OkCupid is geared more to an older demographic, unlike Tinder. When you sign up, we recommend that you answer their “Questions”. This helps you OkCupid identify potential matches for you, using their Special Blend algorithm or Match %. OkCupid also allows you to filter by age, height, location, and even when they were last online! OkCupid is extremely versatile and you can spend countless hours playing around with the site. OkCupid also offers a sleek dating app to not be left out in the competition.

OkCupid has a premium version called “A-List”. OkCupid A-List offers more features than the rest of the premium dating apps. For $9.95/month (6 month package) and $14.95/month (3 month package). Not only do the benefits make the whole process more enjoyable and easy, but it really can help you find your perfect match. If your love life is a real priority to you, then you may want to invest in A-List.

As an A-List member, you can filter by body type and even attractiveness. This isn’t very useful in a small town since there may not be many matches, but if you’re in a Los Angeles or NYC, these features come in handy to refine what you’re looking for.

As a woman, don’t be surprised if you are ambushed by men–30 messages in a day is not unusual. As a free user you’re only allowed to keep 300 messages in your inbox, but as an A-Lister you will be given a capacity of 5,000 messages.

While the whole Tinder thing may seem like such a basic concept (swipe right or left,) it has a feature that the basic OkCupid free users don’t get: The ability to see who likes you. With the free version of OkCupid, you’ll receive an “It’s a Match” message once both of you have “liked” one another.  A-List lessens the fear of rejection and saves you time.

The “Read Receipt” feature of OkCupid A-List is seemingly a small one. But it’s probably one of the most helpful. How many times have you messaged someone on a dating app and not received a response for another month? They may have been highly interested but just travelling for work. Or they may not go onto their OkCupid account that often. With OkCupid A-List, you can tell whether they’ve actually read your message yet. Read receipts make it easy to see who is totally NOT into you. If he/she has read your message and not responded, yet you see they’ve been trolling the site for the last 48 hours, then you probably want to move on. It helps to take the guesswork out of your dating life for you instead of making it even more complicated. Remember at the heart of it, the concept is a simple one.

Pros:

  • Web and mobile app.
  • Great A-List premium features.
  • Targeted to all ages.
  • Great filters to narrow down your interests.
  • Fun quizzes to determine potential matches.
  • You can use the site for free, and you will not be disappointed.

Cons:

  • As a woman, you may receive sexual / offensive messages.
  • No way to set age restriction on who messages you. (Don’t be surprised if a50-year-oldd man messages you).

 

5. JSwipe

 

An app, to meet Jewish people nearby.

This is the go-to app for Jewish millennials. JSwipe has a similar look and feel to Tinder, but it is dedicated to the Jewish community. You have the ability to set your “Jewish Preferences”, whether that is Kosher, Orthodox or even Willing to Convert. Unlike Tinder, you have unlimited swipes every day, but one daily Super Swipe.  

You have the option to upgrade for $9.99 a month, which gives you 5 daily Super Swipes and 1 daily Swipe Note. You can leave a note with a potential match, helping you break the ice. Plus, it moves you into the front of the line with your potential match.

JSwipe also hosts parties in the major cities, so if online dating isn’t necessarily your thing, you could always meet people in-person!

If you’re only looking to date Jewish, this app is for you.

Pros:

  • The #1 Jewish dating app.
  • You have 18 days to chat with your match or it disappears, removing the clutter of matches.

Cons:

  • Not innovative enough.

 

 

Bonus App: Bonfire

 

Use Bonfire to like all your Tinder matches within seconds.

Are you “swipe right happy?” Bonfire is basically Tinder on steroids. But seriously, for all of you lazy people out there (hint: guys) you can now stop swiping one by one, and do one “Like all” Click! If you prefer to check your potential matches, as opposed to liking all, you can mark an “X”.

Plus, you can actually see who likes you before you actually swipe right…This app does it all! And yes, you can even get in your limited “Super Likes” or change your location. The app is free until you reach 100 likes. After that, the price tag is $10. If you really can’t stand the price, you could give them a glowing review on the app store, which upgrades you to the Pro version.

Pros

  • You can like 100s of people in less than a minute.
  • You can see who liked you before you like them.
  • Can still have the ability to “Super Like”.

Cons

  • Some bugs.
  • $10 price tag.
  • You may match with some unappealing people if you Like All.

 


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Sources:

[1] http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/swipe-the-vote-campaign-update-sanders-and-cruz-take-the-lead-with-millennials-on-tinder-300241488.html#continue-jump

[2] https://www.comscore.com/Insights/Blog/Venmo-BuzzFeed-Tinder-and-Snapchat-Among-The-Top-20-Apps-with-Highest-Concentration-of-Millennials

 

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