It is cuffing season after all. Digital courtship exploded with the rise of the smartphone. Match and eHarmony laid the online groundwork decades ago, but momentum built after the first iPhone was released in 2007: Grindr was founded two years later, Tinder in 2012, and Bumble in 2014. These apps, bolstered by location-tracking, swiping, and almighty algorithms, brought the masses to online dating. But as we look to the future, online dating companies have a new problem to tackle.
When I give the dating app LoveFlutter my Twitter handle, it rewards me with a 28-axis breakdown of my personality: I'm an analytic Type A who's unsettlingly sex-focused and neurotic (99th percentile). On the sidebar where my "Personality Snapshot" is broken down in further detail, a section called "Chat-Up Advice" advises, "Do your best to avoid being negative. Get to the point quickly and don't waste their time. They may get impatient if you're moving too slowly." Instead, it's paired with the language processing company Receptiviti.ai
On dating apps, people's intentions and objectives vary wildly, which is partially why they're a breeding ground for disappointment. But sometimes -- and yes, this has happened -- someone uses a dating app and thinks, "Wow, that was not so bad." We asked 12 people to explain why they love (or at least tolerate) their favorite dating app. Spoiler: Despite the corny questions, a surprising number of people love Hinge. The interviews below have been edited and condensed for clarity.
We're all familiar with the Tinder-style selection for potential mates, but that's also led to dating apps gaining a bit of a reputation for hook-ups, rather than providing a chance at a long-term relationship. But don't write online dating off just yet. If dipping a toe in the huge pool of lonely hearts out there sounds intimidating, there are a crop of apps offering to do the tough curation for you. Here are two apps that are geared toward straight people. Coffee Meets Bagel, from Korean-American sisters Dawoon, Arum and Soo Kang, used to only send a match a day, based on the concept of just skimming the best from the top.
As a 2017 study points out, we used to end up with people who we were somehow connected to, whether friends of friends, classmates, or neighbors. Online dating, however, changed the game, and people who meet through tech-based dating tend to be total strangers. It's not easy to get to know someone through an app, and if you're looking for a relationship, tech-based dating usually means wading through hundreds of profiles looking for a casual fling. If you're a guy looking for love, here are six dating apps and sites that will help you find "the one" -- you just might have to do a lot of searching, first. Coffee Meets Bagel may appeal to singles who are tired of endlessly swiping without any feedback or interest from others.