We also know very little about the long-term prospects of Tinder-initiated relationships. Traditional online dating websites, like match.com, have been around long enough that researchers are starting to understand the prognosis for those relationships and the types of people who use the sites. What does the future hold for Tinder and its users? Only time — and more research — will tell.
Wild is created for those seeking a no-strings-attached relationship. The app lets users create a profile describing what they are looking for– hookups included– while keeping their identity safe. Once a user matches with someone their pictures are viewable between the two. The app also has a filter search tool that narrows the selection down to those looking for the same type of relationship they are.
The gist: Claiming to the be the app that "introduces you to every lesbian you've ever wanted to meet," HER is the award-winning mix of dating and social media that lets you meet girls you know are girls, as it requires a Facebook account for signup and is solely for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. Language is inclusive — it's not a lesbian site aimed at a male fantasy — and they'll help you widen your dating pool beyond the circles you already know IRL.
The Tinder app no longer requires you to have a Facebook account, but you do have to be older than 18. Once enabled, you can set up a concise profile that consists of a 500-character bio and up to six images (we suggest always including a photo). You can also link your Tinder account to your Instagram, and include info about your employer and/or school. Discovery settings allow other users to find you if desired and set a few preferences regarding who you see. Then the real fun begins.
Why? I'm happily married now and haven't used a dating app in 5-plus years. The big thing that set OKC apart from other options when I was a user: It was free. But this was before a lot of advances in dating services. Tinder didn't launch until 2012, and by that time I was invested enough in using OKC that it never occurred to me to try a different app.
Horror stories from traditional online dating sites abound, many of which stem from the fact that men outnumber women, and women are often inundated with canned pick-up lines from men they would never consider going out with. This says nothing of the nerve required to approach a physical human person, which Tinder also does away with. Though there’s still plenty of terrible pick up lines and solicitations, and a risk of rejection after a match, the bar is lowered tremendously since users know their matches also swiped right for them. Tinder doesn’t pose the same challenge of a site like OKCupid, where women’s inboxes get cluttered with unwanted pick up lines and solicitations. Removing this slog makes Tinder more enjoyable, and the ability to unmatch unwanted matches gives the user control over who talks to them and when.
Blendr is a mix between a dating app and a location-based people meeting app. How it works is that the app pays attention to where you are. It'll show you people's profiles based on whether or not you pass by them during the course of your average day. Like most, the app has its flaws and its pay walls aren't very appealing. It does have a ton of people using the service so it shouldn't be too difficult to find people who aren't bots. There are bots, though, so keep that in mind. It works pretty well and it's a good way to find people while doing stuff over the course of your average day.
Met someone you like? Congratulations! Now delete your accounts—not just the dating apps themselves. Removing a dating app from your phone won’t necessarily erase your profile. Make sure you carefully follow the steps provided to properly nuke your accounts after you fall in love. Not sure if you’ve found the one, but want to take a break? Some dating services let you temporarily hide your profile and remove it from the pool of eligible singles.