Gone are the days when you would meet the love of your life simply by walking down the right aisle of a grocery or book store. The atypical romantic-comedy scenario appears even more elusive with Millennials conducting a lot of their lives through online mediums and never looking up from their devices long enough to notice other people in the room. Thankfully, like the Apple slogan, there’s an app for that. In fact there are many apps better than Tinder. If you have ever found yourself navigating to an online dating site or app you probably are familiar. Tinder has been known to yield some success stories but like many other dating apps has fallen victim to “hook up” culture.
So what is one to do if they are looking for a little more? Some people are simply looking for someone who can be a partner for life. Others maybe just haven’t had much luck dating at all. So if you are open to love, done with random hookups or getting stood up – here’s 10 alternatives that are better than Tinder for finding potential mates and avoiding all those impersonal “wyd” or “sup” texts.
Happn has been getting quite a bit of attention the last couple of years and is known for its popularity amongst women seeking to escape the aggressive sexual interest that seeps into their DMs (direct messages). The app takes connectivity to the next level by showing you a feed of people you have crossed paths with in real life. Utilizing geo-location might be a little creepy at first but once you start to see patterns of missed connections and crossed paths or overlapping friend circles, you start to see how many great options there are. The app got its start in Paris, a city known for romance, so hopefully it translates for you in your search for love. When Business Insider writes an in depth piece on you, you know your app is good. For more read What is Happn? Download for iOS orAndroid.
Plenty of Fish
Plenty of Fish is a well established site that now has a mobile app. POF asks users to fill out a lot about themselves from education and occupation, hobbies and interests, to desires about to future like wanting children or the level of commitment you seek now. This helps glean away a lot of prospects who just aren’t the best match. Definitely more people looking for dating and relationships on this app vs. casual hookups. Download on iOS or Android.
Another website that now has an app, OkCupid has long been a place for people looking for more serious encounters. A lot of the traffic seems to come from men who really want a great girl to settle down with. If you aren’t looking forward to wedding bells this might not be where you want to start. Appears to be a lot of people who are divorcees or single parents that get connected through this community. Download for iOS orAndroid.
Coffee Meets Bagel
Coffee Meets Bagel wants to get rid of the swiping just to swipe method many use to increase their odds of a match. Quality over quantity is the name of the game. Users get just one match per day based off profile and preference settings. The app has been met with some criticism as The Daily Dot mentioned in its article The Best Dating Apps (Other Than Tinder) regardless people do find matches. Download for iOS or Android.
How many times do guys message a girl and she never answers? She may have been busy but odds are either she didn’t she your message because frankly, she is hot or she has a life and isn’t in her phone all day (most likely). Playing off that, this app makes women message first if a man matches them but the catch is that you have a 24 hour window. The man can extend this if he really wants to stay connected. They don’t do this for same sex couples however, so if you’re a women who doesn’t have time for this set up, best to try something else. Still it is a very popular app with a simple design and of course Facebook integration. Digital Trend’s gave mention to Bumble on their 7 Best Dating Apps For 2016 list and was mentioned by us in our 10 Best Apps To Meet People if nothing relationship-like comes of it.
This is a unique concept that matches people through their music tastes. One of the first things that will attract us to a person is the type of music that they listen to without us even realizing it is connecting us. Unfortunately it is only available on iOS and for the most recent version but you can access it on the web. Download for iOS only.
Another site that has grown over the years and created an app in addition, Match is known for really digging into user’s interest to match them with the best people. Simple concept, in depth questionnaires and attention to what users ideally want in a mate are met with high levels of success. Most people matched end up in longer term relationships and there’s high potential for marriage out of these matches. Download on iOS or Android.
Hinge wants to recreate how dating is in the real world; usually you meet potential mates through your friend circle. This app introduces you to people with mutual Facebook friends. You may or may not get to start a new relationship but you are guaranteed to expand your social circle through connections, check out our article 10 Best Apps To Make New Friends, with Hinge’s use of Facebook you have a chance for those connections too. Download on iOS only.
This is supposedly the preeminent app for self identifying geeks. Unlike some of the other sites it is skewed towards interests or topics that users “geek” out about. When you make a new profile you get to choose 3 and these will help set you up with matches. It isn’t as tailored as some of the others and also appears to not have the best balance between male and female users, go figure. Tomsguide.com did however list it on their Best Dating Apps list for 2016. Download foriOS or Android.
Unfortunately a lot of apps are discriminatory against our LGBTQ counterparts. Though this is changing it is important to mention Grindr. Without it we wouldn’t have a Tinder for the heterosexual community (though the app now let’s user identify under a variety of orientations). One of the first apps in the Apple store blatantly about hooking up, was not met without its fair share of criticism for “perpetuating” already promiscuous behavior particularly among closeted men. That still hasn’t slowed down gay and bisexual men for finding a safe haven for men they are interested, especially those who may not be out about their sexual preferences. Download on iOS or Android.
Now that you have some options it is time to put your best foot forwards and upload some selfies. Read up onBest Apps for Great Selfies to get tips and ideas that will help your profile standout. The inside is what’s important but you want to leave people with a little intrigue to click on your profile in the first place. Happy hunting and best of luck dating!