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Best dating apps

Best dating apps

Critics like to talk about how smartphones, apps and the Internet are responsible for the alienation and disconnect in modern society, but technology is also really good at bringing people together. Just look at dating apps, making connections with those around you as simple as a swipe on you phone.

Tinder

Tinder has attracted a lot of attention thanks to how easy it is to set-up and use. All you need to do is log-in with your Facebook account, and Tinder will upload your first name your photos, your interests, and your age from your profile to create a Tinder profile. You can then anonymously browse potential matches near you, swiping right if you’re interested in the person you’re currently seeing, or swiping left if you reject them. You can also tap on their profile picture to see any other photos they have, if mutual friends, or common interests you have. If you both swiped right, Tinder will let you know that it’s a mutual thing, and offers to let you send a message, and maybe set-up a date. Tinder’s received positive reviews thanks to its emphasis on privacy and minimal initial emotional investment, since you only find out about the interested ones without the pain of rejection.

Coffee Meets Bagel

If you are looking to meet interesting new people without having to wade through dozens of profiles and invites from random people, try out Coffee Meets Bagel. At noon everyday the CMB app sends you a bagel: a curated match that shares mutual Facebook friends which you can then Like or Pass (with the app learning from your preferences). If you and your bagel both express interest, then Coffee Meets Bagel connects the two of you by a private chatroom that allows you to get to know each other and plan out a date. Other features, such as the ability to view your mutual friends, can be unlocked by purchasing a virtual currency called beans.

Hinge

Hinge tries to take the awkward randomness out of meeting people online by making sure that it introduces you to people that you share mutual Facebook friends with, hopefully cutting out the creep factor and trying to make sure that you have a good chance of having people, experiences and interests in common. Users log in with their Facebook accounts, enter preferences, sexual orientation, location and age. Every day at noon, the app supplies you with a field of potential matches. And, of course, because you know friends in common, you’re both more accountable and less likely to act like jerks when faced with the prospect of real world social blowback.

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